Norway’s women’s national football team seems to be on a new winning streak of sorts, rolling over Slovakia Tuesday night on home turf in Sarpsborg. The women beat Slovakia by a score of 6-1, even without their star player Ada Hegerberg.
“I think we played a fantastic first half,” the women’s head coach Martin Sjögren told state broadcaster NRK. “So overall, I’m very satisfied with the match.”
It followed a 4-1 victory over Northern Ireland just before the weekend, getting the women’s national team off to a very good start in the run-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. They need the injections of success, after a performance in the recent European Championships that was so poor Hegerberg withdrew from the team amidst a storm of criticism.
The Norwegian women’s qualifying group also includes Ireland and the Netherlands, with the next match set against the Netherlands in October, which just won the European Championships last summer. “It will be very exciting to play against the Netherlands, in a sold-out stadium,” Norwegian captain Maren Mjelde told NRK. “We’ve been keen on revenge ever since Euro2017.”