Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Norway looks to beat Germany for second time
July 25th, 2013 11:10PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  denmark, germany, norway

MOST COMMENTED

[EURO 2013] Even Pellerud says Sunday's final of the European Women's Championship against five-time defending champion Germany at Stockholm's Friends Arena will be an even bigger match than when he led Norway to the 1995 Women's World Cup title.

Norway moved into the final with a 4-2 shootout win over Denmark on Thursday after their game in Norrkoping ended in a 1-1 tie. Ingrid Hjelmseth was the hero as she saved two penalties to end Denmark's run that included a 0-0 tie with Germany in the tournament opener and a shootout win over heavily favored France in the quarterfinals.

Marit Christensen scored for Norway in the third minute, but Mariann Knudsen equalized for Denmark with three minutes to play in regulation.

The wins sets up a rematch of the group stage match won by Norway that ended the Germans' unbeaten streak of 59 games in the European Women's Championships (qualifying and finals) dating back more than 17 years.

"I guess most people are surprised by having Norway in the final as we were not mentioned among the favorites," Pellerud said. "I have to admit I did not count on that. We had top four as a goal, and that was even stretching reality. It has been a magnificent event, the hosts have been phenomenal. To play the final on Sunday in front of 50,000, it's going to be hard to top that experience. To me that is even bigger than the World Cup final in '95 and the Olympic bronze final in '96."

In the quarterfinals, Denmark had knocked off France, getting a key save in the shootout from Stina Petersen on Bleues star Louisa Necib's shot. Petersen had stopped two Germany penalty kicks in the tournament opener that ended in a 0-0 tie.

Germany has won the last five Women's European Championships with wins over Sweden (1995 and 2001), Italy (1997), Norway (2005) and England (2009).

Germany also won the first official European women's title in 1991 with a 3-1 overtime win in the final, and Norway won the second title two years later.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Greg Maas    
"I'll tell you straightaway, it was a dream come true." -- Utah Valley men's coach Greg ...
Who laughs last after transfer deadline?    
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] As the transfer deadline came and went, hundreds of millions changed hands, players ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 25] FC Dallas held the top spot despite its unbeaten streak ending at 10 ...
Charlotte's playoff hopes dented with draw    
[USL PRO: Week 25] The Charlotte Eagles didn't do its playoff hopes any good as it ...
Defoe will stay at Toronto FC    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] So much for those stories of Jermain Defoe leaving Toronto FC. Monday's transfer deadline ...
A 'no-look' finish from Brazilian in Bundesliga    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino had a splendid first touch to settle a chipped through ...
What They're Saying: Javier Hernandez    
"To wear this jersey is a dream come true for any player in the world. Everyone ...
HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players'    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ...
Five MLS players are called up    
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ...
Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA    
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives