Boe Risa helps Norway reach World Cup last 16

Sunday 30 July 2023 10:37

Manchester United midfielder Vilde Boe Risa played her part as Norway powered past the Philippines 6-0, to progress to the last 16 of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Vilde’s nation knew before kick-off in the Group A matchday-three encounter that they had to win to stand any chance of progressing to the next stage of the finals, and win they did in Auckland.

Our no.8 clocked up the full 90 minutes in Norway’s midfield, notably teeing up her sides second goal of the game, with a perfectly flighted cross into the penalty area.
Roma forward Sophie Roman Haug converted that delivery from Boe Risa to complete a brace inside the opening 17 minutes of the contest, having volleyed home the opener early on.

A 2-0 lead would have surely eased any Norwegian nerves, and a successful long-range strike from Caroline Graham Hansen just after the half-hour mark seemed to all but seal the victory, creating a three-goal lead for Norway to take into half-time.

After the break, an Alicia Barker own goal and a Guro Reiten penalty widened that advantage to five, before Haug completed her hat-trick in the closing stages.

The Philippines finished the game with a player less after Sofia Harrison was shown a second-half red card, following a VAR review, for a late challenge.
The result ensures that Norway conclude their Group A campaign in second place, leapfrogging co-hosts New Zealand to qualify on goal difference, after both countries finished with four points. The latter drew 0-0 with group winners Switzerland in their final match.

Boe Risa and co will now face the winners of Group C in the round of 16, and they’ll find out their fate tomorrow (Monday) when the remaining round of games is played in that group.

Leon scores winner for Canada


Adriana Leon's goal was decisive as she helped her country beat the Republic of Ireland at the Women's World Cup.


As far as United involvement goes, Canada’s third group-stage match takes place at 11:00 BST on Monday, with co-hosts Australia their opponents in Melbourne.

Leon, Riviere and co know that at least a point in that game will be enough to secure them a last-16 spot.

Elsewhere, on Tuesday, it’s the turn of our England trio. Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stage with the Lionesses, with no less than a draw from their final group outing, against China (12:00 BST), enough to see them advance to the first knockout round as Group D winners.