Goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann shielded Switzerland to a 0-0 draw towards Norway on Tuesday on the Ladies’s World Cup, because the Norwegians performed with out star striker Ada Hegerberg due to harm.
Hegerberg was initially listed to start out, however the staff introduced through the match that the previous Ballon d’Or winner was unable to play after experiencing “a sense within the groin” towards the top of her pre-match warmups.
The Norwegians might have used her to interrupt open a scoreless recreation. In her place, Sophie Roman Haug began the match as a striker. However Roman Haug’s Ladies’s World Cup debut proved to be a fruitless one. She was substituted within the 73rd minute for Karina Saevik.
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Switzerland and Norway every had their share of alternatives to attain a decisive opener all through the match, however it was Norway that compelled Thalmann to provide you with 4 saves.
Regardless of a continuing drizzle for a lot of the match, 10,769 followers had been in attendance for the Group A match in a Waikato Stadium that holds simply over 18,000.
Thalmann made a lot of key saves, however her sternest check got here with quarter-hour left in regulation time.
Norway substitute Caroline Graham Hansen launched a strong curving shot from the highest of the world, however Thalmann parried the low shot out for a nook.
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WHY IT MATTERS
The outcome leaves Group A, which additionally consists of the Philippines and co-host New Zealand, up for grabs. The Swiss lead with 4 factors, New Zealand and the Philippines every have three and Norway has one. However there are eventualities below which every of them might make the knockout phases.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“This can be a step in the correct course for us. We had been significantly better this recreation -– far more calm and composed, and managed to create probabilities.” — Guro Reiten, Norway midfielder.
“It’s thrilling, and to be in first place after two video games, it’s nice. However we all know that we should go once more towards New Zealand. It received’t be straightforward however we’re undoubtedly going for the win once more.” — Ramona Bachmann, Swiss ahead.
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Sitting on the high of Group A, Switzerland will duel with second-place New Zealand in Dunedin. In want of a win, Norway will journey to Auckland to face a Philippines lineup emboldened after upsetting the Soccer Ferns 1-0. Each matches might be performed Sunday.