Norway’s women’s national football team got off to a good start at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Ottawa on Sunday. They beat Thailand 4-0 after hanging on to the ball for most of the match.
Norway had faced off against Thailand only once earlier, in 1988, and did well then, too. There was some criticism of their performance on the field in Ottawa, with missed chances, but the final score was most important. It gave the Norwegians valuable points to advance in the tournament that got underway over the weekend.
Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that Captain Trine Rønning’s free penalty kick removed all premiere nerves among the Norwegian women, with Isabell Herlovsen following up with two goals. Ada Hegerberg nailed the fourth goal in the 68th minute.
Norway’s next World Cup match in its group will be against Germany on Thursday, followed by the Ivory Coast on Monday. The World Cup in Canada has gathered 24 top women’s football teams and will run through the final on July 5.