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Match report: Belgium shock Norway at Euros

Belgium claimed their first ever victory at a Uefa women’s European tournament on Thursday shocking favourites Norway 2-0.

Norway started well and created the opening talking point of the match as Ada Hegerberg hit a thunderous thirty-yard effort over the crossbar from range inside 10 minutes.

However as the Belgium’s settled they got into a good flow as Janice Cayman was set free but before she could get a shot in she was denied by a last ditch block from Caroline Graham Hansen. Kristine Minde then thought she had put Norway into the lead on 20 minutes as she linked up well with Hegerberg before being thwarted by a good save from Justien Odeurs.

As the game slowed down it became a tactical battle both teams trying to work out what move to make first and it was Belgium who should have gone ahead on 32 minutes when Cayman crossed for Tine De Caigny but she flicked her header wide.

On the stroke of half-time Norway should have been ahead as Ingrid Marie Spord beat the Belgium defence before driving her shot into the side netting. The second half started slowly once again both sides trying to settle back into the match.

It was the Norwegians who thought they had scored first on 48 minutes as Spord’s cushioned header just went wide of the target when she really should have hit the back of the net. However the determined Belgian’s were standing firm and it was they who were inches away from taking the lead as Cayman crossed for Laura Deloose but she spurned her chance sliding the ball wide.

However the Red Devils did take a shock lead on 59 through Elk Van Gorp as she beat the offside trap to crack her effort into the net to the delight of their travelling support. This seemed to shock Norway and within three minutes they could have been two down as Van Gorp crossed for captain Aline Zeler but she hooked her effort over.

Belgium then made it two a couple of minutes later when Cayman rose highest to thump a header past Ingred Hjelmseth.

This was how it was to finish as the Red Devils shook the women’s world of football.

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