England have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup after beating Norway 3-0 in Le Havre.
The Lionesses are one win from a first final appearance after a dominant display, which was marked by a cracking goal from Lucy Bronze.
Jill Scott gave England the perfect start with the first goal before Ellen White doubled the lead with her fifth goal of the tournament.
Then came Bronze’sa 20-yard first-time strike, which sealed a semi-final date with France or the United States.
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Norway, showing more threat in the second half than in the first, came close to pulling a goal back soon after when substitute Lisa-Marie Utland’s shot was cleared off the line by Steph Houghton.
England then had the chance to extend their lead with seven minutes of normal time remaining, but Nikita Parris’ penalty was saved – the second time in the campaign she has failed with an effort from the spot.
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Phil Neville’s team can now look forward to a last-four clash next Tuesday in Lyon against either hosts France or holders the United States, who meet in Paris on Friday night.
It is the third successive major tournament in which the Lionesses have made the semi-finals, following the runs at the 2015 World Cup and Euro 2017.