Norway out of Euros without scoring after Danish defeat

2013 runners-up Norway were edged out 1-0 by neighbours in Group A on Monday, leaving them bottom of Group A without a goal or a point after the final round of matches.

Norway out of Euros without scoring after Danish defeat
Norway players Marie Spord(no. 22), Caroline Graham Hansen (10) and Ada Hegerberg (14) react to Graham Hansen’s missed penalty during the defeat to Denmark. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

Denmark's Katrine Veje scored on five minutes in Deventer, blasting her shot past Norwegian keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth after being set up by skipper Pernille Harder.

Norway wasted a spot-kick just before half-time as Danish keeper Stina Lykke Petersen kept out Caroline Graham Hansen's shot following a foul on striker Ada Hegerberg.

With hosts Netherlands beating their own neighbours Belgium 2-1 in Group A’s other final match, Denmark finished second on six points, ahead of Belgium with three and Norway — who had advanced to the knockout stages every time since 1997 — with zero points.

Denmark pushed for a goal from the beginning, with Harder and Stine Larsen missing the target.

Norway gradually took over, but Guro Reiten drove her two shots over.

Denmark were more dangerous, with Hjelmseth stopping shots from Sanne Troelsgaard and Frederikke Thøgersen, while Nadia Nadim fluffed a chance and was then was denied by Hjelmseth after the break.

“It was great to score. It was a good ball by Harder, and I didn’t really have time to think – so I just need to keep doing it,” Veje told broadcaster DR.

The striker said that reaching the quarter finals meant a tournament target had been achieved by the Danish team.

“The was our aim, and now we’re here, and were unbelievably proud of it,” she said.

At the other end, Graham Hansen fired over and then hit the post with a cross-shot five minutes from time, with Ingrid Wold's rebound turned onto the bar by Petersen.

Hegerberg called the defeat – and exit from the tournament without scoring – a “reality check” for the Norwegians.

“This is real tough. A reality check, actually. We have not been good enough. The reality is 0 points and 0 goals. And that is brutal,” Hegerberg told NRK.

Norway coach Martin Sjögren said that the team had been unlucky in the encounter with Denmark, with several chances for his team having gone unconverted.

“It is too easy to score against us. It’s a bit tiring to again concede after losing the ball in midfield. We can’t afford to do that. At the same time, we didn’t make our chances count. We created enough to score three or four goals today,” Sjögren told NRK.

The coach added that he intended to continue in his role managing the national team following the early tournament exit.



Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.