Women’s World Cup: Norway scrape past Equatorial Guinea, 1-0

Genoveva Anonma is a special player and she showed pace and skill in spades but her finishing let her down. Still she was a thorn in the Norwegian side and the Guineans put on 20 shots with eight on goal keeping Ingrid Hjelmseth very busy. The Norwegians came closest with 19 year old Emilie Haavi’s shot hitting the upright. They also poured in 13 corners but to no avail.
Just when it seemed a draw was on the cards substitute Leni Larsen Kaurin cut in from the right in the 84th minute and centered a cross which Miriam was unable to deal with adequately pushing it straight into the path of Haavi. This time the teenager did not miss.
The Norwegians are a known quantity with an excellent international record. But Equatorial Guinea proved to be a revelation with their creativity and speed. They also were also surprisingly disciplined defensively – usually this is a problem area for most African teams.

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