Women's World Cup - Round of 16
Norway win 4-1 on penalties

Women's World Cup: Norway 1-1 Australia (pens 4-1)

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport

Ingrid Systad Engen hit the winning penalty as Norway beat Australia 4-1 in a shootout in Nice to reach the Women's World Cup quarter-finals.

Isabell Herlovsen put Norway ahead before Australia were awarded a penalty which was overturned after a lengthy video assistant referee review.

Elise Kellond-Knight equalised from a corner before Australia's Alanna Kennedy was sent off in extra-time.

Australia captain Sam Kerr missed her penalty as Norway won through.

"Only big players can miss penalties, because small players don't take them," said Australia boss Ante Milicic when asked about Kerr's miss.

It is the first time since 2007 that Norway, who will meet either England or Cameroon in Le Havre on Thursday, have reached the last eight.

How the penalty shootout unfolded

  • 1-0: Caroline Graham Hansen sends keeper Lydia Williams the wrong way to get Norway up and running.
  • 1-0: Sam Kerr skies her attempt and Norway have the advantage.
  • 2-0: Guro Reiten makes no mistake as she drills past Williams.
  • 2-0: A brilliant save by Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth keeps out substitute Emily Gielnik's attempt.
  • 3-0: Norway captain Maren Mjelde hits it low and hard - and finds the net.
  • 3-1: Stephanie Catley gives Australia faint hope.
  • 4-1: It's all over - Engen wheels away in celebration after her spot kick sends Norway through.

In an incident-packed game at Allianz Riviera, Norway took the lead through Herlovsen's clinical finish after Karina Saevik's defence-splitting pass before a moment of controversy.

German referee Riem Hussein pointed to the spot after the ball struck Chelsea defender Maria Thorisdottir as she attempted to clear.

Kerr placed the ball on the spot but there was a long delay before the decision was overturned, sparking celebrations among Norway's players.

Australia, aiming to reach the quarter-finals for a fourth successive World Cup, suffered further frustration when Kerr had the ball in the back of Norway's net in 60th minute - only for it to be ruled out for offside.

They were minutes from going out when Kellond-Knight's low, curling corner went through a sea of legs and straight into the net.

Australia appealed for a penalty deep into stoppage time at the end of normal time when Tameka Yallop went down inside the penalty area, while Hansen hit the post before extra time.

There was more drama to follow as Kennedy received the first straight red card of this tournament for hauling down Lisa-Marie Utland as the Norway substitute threatened to burst clean through on goal.

Australia keeper Williams produced outstanding saves to deny the impressive Hansen and Vilde Boe Risa, while Norway hit the woodwork a second time through Risa's attempt from 35 yards before the shootout.

"I don't know if there are any words to describe how I'm feeling but, more importantly, how the girls are feeling," added Milicic.

"I'm disappointed that I couldn't help them realise a dream that they've been waiting for for a long time. In the end I take full responsibility for that."

Unwanted history for Kennedy - the stats

  • Alanna Kennedy is the first Australian to be sent off at the Women's World Cup since Alicia Ferguson against China in the 1999 edition.
  • Caroline Graham Hansen had 11 of Norway's 27 shots against Australia, the most by a player in a single match at this year's tournament.
  • Australia have only progressed from one of their five knockout stage games at the Women's World Cup. This was their first-ever penalty shootout in the competition.
  • The opening goal was the 50th Australia have conceded in Women's World Cup history, making them just the fourth team to concede that many at the competition (Nigeria 63, Japan 57, Canada 51).
  • Isabell Herlovsen has scored in consecutive Women's World Cup matches for Norway, having netted in just one of her previous 10 in the competition.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2WoldSubstituted forHansenat 102'minutes
  • 6Mjelde
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17MindeBooked at 53mins
  • 21SaevikSubstituted forMaanumat 72'minutes
  • 8RisaBooked at 105mins
  • 14Engen
  • 16Reiten
  • 10Hansen
  • 9HerlovsenSubstituted forUtlandat 77'minutesBooked at 96mins


  • 4Hovland
  • 5Hansen
  • 7Thorsnes
  • 11Utland
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 13Asland
  • 15Eikeland
  • 18Maanum
  • 19Redisch Kvamme
  • 22Nautnes
  • 23Bogstad


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Williams
  • 21CarpenterSubstituted forHarrisonat 120+2'minutes
  • 14KennedyBooked at 104mins
  • 7Catley
  • 8Kellond-KnightSubstituted forPolkinghorneat 94'minutes
  • 10van EgmondSubstituted forRoestbakkenat 116'minutes
  • 13Yallop
  • 6Logarzo
  • 16RasoSubstituted forGielnikat 74'minutes
  • 20Kerr
  • 9Foord


  • 2Simon
  • 3Luik
  • 4Polkinghorne
  • 5Roestbakken
  • 11De Vanna
  • 12Micah
  • 15Gielnik
  • 17Fowler
  • 18Arnold
  • 19Gorry
  • 22Harrison
  • 23Allen
Riem Hussein

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwayAway TeamAustralia
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norway 1(4), Australia 1(1).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Norway 1(4), Australia 1(1).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Norway 1(4), Australia 1(1). Ingrid Engen (Norway) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Norway 1(3), Australia 1(1). Stephanie Catley (Australia) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Norway 1(3), Australia 1. Maren Mjelde (Norway) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty saved! Emily Gielnik (Australia) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Norway 1(2), Australia 1. Guro Reiten (Norway) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Sam Kerr (Australia) right footed shot is high and wide to the right. Sam Kerr should be disappointed.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Norway 1(1), Australia 1. Graham Hansen (Norway) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  10. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Norway 1, Australia 1.

  11. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Norway 1, Australia 1.

  12. Post update

    Clare Polkinghorne (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lisa-Marie Utland (Norway).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Australia. Amy Harrison replaces Ellie Carpenter.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Guro Reiten (Norway) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tameka Yallop (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emily Gielnik.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Graham Hansen (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guro Reiten.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lisa-Marie Utland (Norway) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Norway. Conceded by Clare Polkinghorne.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lisa-Marie Utland (Norway) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Hansen.

As It Stood


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