Star Ada Hegerberg was expected to return with the Norwegian team, four years after her boycott at the French World Cup. But we especially saw the New Zealanders who created the surprise by winning (1-0) at home, on the field of Eden Park in Auckland. Over the moon, they sign a first victory in a World Cup!
The game, which began after the opening ceremony and a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of last night's shooting in Oakland, initially saw the two teams observe each other in the first half, without dangerous opportunities.
A goal on the first shot on target
It was the New Zealand Ferns who were the most effective in opening the scoring on their first shot on target. The spark came from the goalkeeper, starting a lightning offensive on the right of the New Zealand attack. At the other end of the field, Wilkinson played the Norwegian defense to take over the center of Hand (1-0, 48th).
HANNAH WILKINSON SCORES FOR NEW ZEALAND! 🤩 ⚽🏆 #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/wI2PnPD55j
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) July 20, 2023
The Norwegians were again worried several times during this second period. It was not until the end of the match that they invested the Ferns' surface, like an attempt at a bicycle by Ada Hegerberg.
Guilty of a hand in the box, Hansen also conceded a penalty in favour of New Zealand. But Ria Percival's attempt hit the crossbar (90th). The nine minutes of extra time, although rich in opportunities on the Norwegian side, did not allow Ada Hegerberg's teammates to equalize. They suffered their first defeat in Group A, which also included the Philippines and Switzerland.