England v Norway: international women’s football friendly – live | Women’s football

Key events

89 mins: Katie Robinson looks to make an impact, with some nice footwork making space for a cross – but Chloe Kelly is penalised for a push. Time running out for a winning goal – there will be four added minutes.

88 mins: Kelly tries again, with the ball flashing beyond Robinson at the far post.

87 mins: Kelly tests the Norway keeper’s fitness with another searching cross, but the flag goes up …

85 mins: Aurora Mikalsen is OK to continue despite what looks like a side strain.

83 mins: Parris goes off after another very solid display in an England shirt; she’s replaced by Brighton’s Katie Robinson, who makes her Lionesses debut.

82 mins: Charles is bundled over by Thorisdottir, and England have another dangerous free kick. Zelem’s cross is punched away under pressure from Mikalsen. England keep the ball and work it back to Zelem, whose second delivery drifts behind. Mikalsen is down and needs treatment after that flying clearance.

81 mins: So, Norway are down a player but level on the scoresheet – probably deserved, on the balance of chances created, even if the equaliser was a gift. England have 10 minutes or so to end 2022 with another win.

GOAL! England 1-1 Norway (Maanum 79′)

Norway are level through Frida Maanum, and unfortunately, it’s a nightmare moment for Ellie Roebuck. The keeper came out to clear under pressure but didn’t make contact, allowing Maanum to roll the ball into an empty net.

Norway equalise after sloppy play at the back for England.
Norway equalise after sloppy play at the back for England. Photograph: Jose Breton/AP

78 mins: Alessia Russo brings a long ball down with a delicate touch and plays it wide to Kelly, whose deflected shot spins beyond the far post!

77 mins: The 10 women of Norway get forward, and Reiten’s volley is well blocked by Morgan. England break away …

74 mins: Manchester United’s Vilde Bøe Risa is also on for Norway, replacing Eikeland.

72 mins: From the free kick, Kelly goes close with a half-volley as England look to get the job done. Maria Thorisdottir comes on for Norway, replacing Thea Bjelde in defence.

Red card! Sønstevold sent off for Norway

Parris spins away from Anja Sønstevold again, and for the second time in five minutes, the defender brings her down. It’s a second yellow card, and it’s hard to argue – even if this is a friendly.

70 mins: Niamh Charles has been able to get forward much more in the second half, and delivers a dangerous cross. Parris connects with a header, which is well saved by Mikalsen to stop England doubling their lead.

68 mins: Maya Le Tissier and Esme Morgan, 20 and 22 years old respectively, are England’s new centre-back pairing. It’ll be a big boost to their confidence if they can keep Norway out.

England's Maya Le Tissier.
England’s Maya Le Tissier. Photograph: Jose Breton/AP

66 mins: Parris gets to the ball ahead of Sonstevold, who brings her down with a late lunge. That’ll be the first booking of the game and a chance to get the ball into the area. Katie Zelem’s free kick is undercooked and after a bit of head tennis, Norway clear.

65 mins: Rachel Daly, who probably quite fancied getting on the end of that Toone cross, is at right-back now, and fouls Blakstad in midfield.

63 mins: Charles’ cross is cleared to Toone, who finds a pocket of space and lifts a cross-shot towards the far post – but nobody is there to connect.

62 mins: More England changes, with Alessia Russo coming on for Alex Greenwood. That could mean Daly, who has impressed up front, moves to right-back with Le Tissier joining Morgan in central defence.

There are plenty of other friendlies going on tonight, with Northern Ireland currently holding Italy in Belfast. Brazil have beaten Canada 2-1, Spain lead Japan 1-0 and the Netherlands are two up against Denmark.

59 mins: England have had close to 70% possession, but only two shots on target. They enjoy a long spell on the ball here, without creating an opening. For Norway, Arsenal’s Frida Maanum comes on to replace Naalsund.

56 mins: Charles gets forward down the left and wriggles into space, with her low cross cleared at the near post.

Photograph: Jose Breton/AP

55 mins: And now a dangerous free kick for Norway after Blakstad is brought down by the retreating Kelly. Reiten curls towards the far corner, but Roebuck gets across brilliantly to turn it behind!

54 mins: A nervous moment at the back for England, as Zelem’s backwards pass lets Roman Haug through on goal. Roebuck is off her line smartly to block, with Greenwood clearing the rebound before the striker can pounce.

53 mins: Le Tissier’s cross towards Daly is cleared – Norway still playing with five at the back out of possession – but they give it away and Kelly turns her defender, before going close with a shot from a tight angle.

51 mins: Norway are able to advance deep into England territory again, but Eikeland miscues her cross, much to her own frustration.

49 mins: Morgan, stationed in central defence, tries to find Zelem in midfield but her pass is cut out. England win it back and Kelly, back on the left flank, launches a deep cross towards Daly, who is outnumbered in the middle.

47 mins: The first chance of the second half falls to Norway, with Amalie Eikeland skewing a tricky shot wide of Roebuck’s near post.

Second half

Here we go again. Manchester City’s Julie Blakstad is on for Norway, replacing the impressive Emilie Haavi.

Three half-time changes for England: Bright, Walsh and James are off, replaced by Georgia Stanway (who takes the armband from Bright), Esme Morgan and Katie Zelem.

Half-time reading

Half time: England 1-0 Norway

The Lionesses have not been at their best, with Norway posing plenty of problems on the break – but they lead through Rachel Daly’s header at the break. Back soon.

44 mins: Chloe Kelly’s cross is thumped away for a corner by Engen. The delivery drifts over everyone, Bright tries to turn it back into the danger area, and a foul from Parris ends the first half.

42 mins: We’re drifting towards half-time here, with Norway’s defensive game plan somewhat compromised by conceding a goal.

40 mins: Ella Toone, playing in a deeper role than usual, tries to pick out Parris and hops on the spot in frustration as her pass is cut out.

“Is anyone else surprised to see a Salmon on the England bench but not on Norway’s?” asks Peter Oh.

37 mins: Switching Kelly and Parris has worked wonders, with the latter player twisting beyond her marker and crossing for Daly, who nods wide under pressure.

36 mins: Wiegman will feel better after a tricky first half-hour, and Daly nearly makes it two, her deflected shot bobbling wide with Mikalsen looking uncertain.

Norway had looked the more likely, but they are undone here by a terrific ball into the box from Chloe Kelly. Daly anticipates it, gets across her marker and flicks a fine header beyond Mikalsen!

GOAL! England 1-0 Norway (Daly 32′)

England take the lead, and it’s Rachel Daly on target again!

England open the scoring!
England open the scoring! Photograph: Naomi Baker/The FA/Getty Images