Vilde Boe Risa in action as Norway draw with Switzerland

Tuesday 25 July 2023 12:10

Manchester United midfielder Vilde Boe Risa started and played the majority of Norway's 0-0 draw with Switzerland at the 2023 Women's World Cup on Tuesday.

Vilde, who had been introduced as a second-half substitute in her nation's opening Group A match last week, was in from the off on matchday two and played 88 minutes in the hard-fought goalless encounter.

While it may not be the three points that Boe Risa and co set out to claim, the result does see Norway get on the board at the tournament ahead of what will be a crucial showdown with the Philippines on Sunday, in their third and final group match.

With the rain battering down at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, our midfielder occupied a deep-lying, distributing role in the middle of the park for her nation.

Norway had most of the ball and the chances, going particularly close to opening the scoring in the first half after a point-blank range header from Roma's Sophie Roman Haug was saved.

Early in the second 45, there was a momentary scare for United fans, with Boe Risa down on the turf after a coming-together with Switzerland's Coumba Sow, but thankfully our no.8 was able to return to her feet shortly after.

Boe Risa wasn't far off getting the decisive goal herself, in the closing stages, but couldn't quite keep her side-footed effort from inside the penalty area on target. She was replaced shortly after by Barcelona midfielder Ingrid Syrstad Engen, as the clock ticked towards second-half stoppage time, with the deadlock remaining at the final whistle.

It means that Norway have a point from their opening two matches, having narrowly lost to co-hosts New Zealand in the tournament's opening fixture last week, and now know they need to defeat the Philippines in their final group match on Sunday (08:00 BST) to have any chance of progressing through to the knockout stage.

Their upcoming opponents produced a shock result in Group A's other fixture on Tuesday, beating New Zealand 1-0 to earn their first-ever victory at a Women's World Cup.


The United baton is passed to our Canadian Reds - Adriana Leon and Jayde Riviere - who face the Republic of Ireland in their second Group B outing on Wednesday (13:00 BST).

On Friday, it's the turn of Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem once more, when England go up against Denmark on matchday two in Group D (09:30 BST).