Groenen and Toone on scoresheet during Tuesday's internationals

Wednesday 13 April 2022 13:09

Manchester United Women’s Jackie Groenen and Ella Toone were both on the scoresheet for their respective nations during a busy evening of international action involving our Reds on Tuesday.

Nine of Marc Skinner's players featured within the sides of six countries, across the World Cup qualifiers, or a friendly in the case of Groenen and the Netherlands. 

Our Dutch midfielder opened the scoring of the Leeuwinnen’s 5-1 victory on home soil against South Africa with a blistering first-time strike from outside the penalty area, as the reigning European champions warmed up for this summer's title defence with a comfortable win. 


Later in the evening, Toone joined her Reds’ team-mate in the goals, notching her 10th at senior level for England during the Lionesses’ 5-0 World Cup qualifying triumph over Northern Ireland at a sold-out Windsor Park. 

United goalkeeper Mary Earps played 90 minutes and kept a seventh clean sheet from as many appearances in the campaign, while Alessia Russo and Katie Zelem were unused substitutes. 

Sarina Wiegman’s side now only need a point from their final two qualifiers in September to secure a spot in Australia and New Zealand for 2023’s global competition.

At Hampden Park, there was a United face-off as Ona Batlle’s Spain triumphed 2-0 over Martha Thomas’s Scotland to qualify for the World Cup. 

Batlle was a second-half substitute, while Thomas started for the hosts, in front of 7,804 fans in Glasgow – a record crowd for a competitive Scotland Women’s home fixture.

It means that if Scotland are to advance to the tournament, it will have to be through the play-offs.


The same can be said for Wales, who bounced back from a 2-1 defeat to Group I leaders France on Friday to win 3-0 away to Kazakhstan on Tuesday afternoon. 

United’s Hayley Ladd played the 90 minutes for the Dragons, while Carrie Jones was brought on from the bench and Reds Under-21s midfielder Chloe Williams didn’t feature.

One nation who do still have hopes of topping their respective group is Norway, represented by our Vilde Boe Risa and Maria Thorisdottir. 

The duo’s country remain unbeaten in their qualifying campaign so far and are in pole position to take the one automatic spot in their group with two games to go, following a 2-1 victory at home to Poland. 

Thorisdottir played the 90 minutes while Boe Risa was introduced at half-time for the home side. 

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Details of Ella's second senior England treble headline our round-up of the April break's action so far.

Tuesday's games conclude our involvement in this month’s international break, with the Reds now preparing to reunite in Manchester ahead of our final three matches of the WSL campaign.

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