Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

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Some games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet never be sated. In Nice, Australia and Norway were two teams whose refusal to lose was only matched by an equally fervent reluctance to win.

It was fitting perhaps that a winner was found via the lottery of penalties – Norway’s were taken with aplomb while Australia’s were erratic and anxious. In the decisive moment, up strode Ingrid Engen and the team that has featured in the final four of one in every two World Cups claimed its birthright.

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Written by Richard Parkin at the Stade de Nice
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Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

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