The England women’s team were once again on fire tonight, demolishing Northern Ireland 5-0. The result sees the Lionesses finish top of their Euro group with nine points.
Manchester City’s Ellen White, Keira Walsh and Lauren Hemp have all started for England, while Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly have both been brought in from the bench.
England were dominant in the first half but struggled to break the deadlock. It took England 40 minutes to score their first goal, with Fran Kirby taking a nice shot from the edge of the box.
However, once the first goal was scored, the floodgates opened. Beth Mead added England’s second just before half-time after Northern Ireland failed to clear a Three Lions cross.
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City’s Ellen White was replaced at half-time by Alessia Russo, who had an instant impact. Russo returned home just three minutes after the break to extend England’s lead to three.
Russo wasted no time in adding to Northern Ireland’s woes, scoring again five minutes later in the 53rd minute. The goal came after Russo took the ball exquisitely around the corner, before slotting the ball into the corner of the net.
The rout then ended in embarrassing fashion for Northern Ireland, when Kelsie Burrow’s attempt to clear an England ball into the box ended in his own net.
Having topped their group, England will be incredibly confident of going all the way in the tournament, and a number of teams now have to look nervously over their shoulders at the Lionesses. England will now face Denmark or Spain in the quarter-finals of the tournament, depending on the outcome of their encounter on Saturday night.