England head coach Sarina Wiegman has admitted she didn’t expect her side to be so dominant as they beat Norway 8-0 to set a new Premier League record Europe.
The Lionesses progressed to the quarter-finals in style and set a new winning record for a Men’s or Women’s Euro at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.
A controversial Georgia Stanway penalty, won by Ellen White, put England on the path to victory, but there was no doubting the hosts’ dominance afterwards, like a hat-trick from Beth Mead, White’s brace and other goals from Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo earned a famous win.
“It was a very special night, we didn’t expect to get such a big win,” Wiegman told the BBC.
“But we did really well, we really exploited their weaknesses. We’re really happy. But at the same time, it’s just one game. We know we’ve finished the group stage now. We just appreciate the moment, but we stay really grounded and focused on the next game.”
England were leading 6-0 at half-time against a Norwegian side labeled as the dark horse to win the tournament by some commentators and boasting famous players like Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen.
When asked what was going through his mind during the first half, Wiegman replied: “What’s going on here, it was going through my mind!
“We played well, Norway didn’t have the answers on our game. They couldn’t rush us. We played very well, created chances, scored chances. It was very nice to watch.
“Games can get really strange. We’ve seen so many games when it’s 3-0 and goes to 3-3, but when it’s gone to 4-0 and 5-0 I thought they don’t go away. wouldn’t get over it.
“Norway didn’t have the best game today. We are really happy with the performance. We showed how good we are. When we go through [from the group stage] we will be tested at a higher level. We have to do better in every game.
“We really showed our qualities. The fans were very nice again, almost 30,000. We just need to enjoy this moment, relax a bit and then start preparing for the next game.”