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Ireland Women’s World Cup Hopes Dealt Severe Blow With Norway Defeat

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The first of Ireland’s World Cup qualfication double-header with Norway didn’t go at all according to plan on Friday evening.

Colin Bell’s Girls in Green knew they’d be up against it against a very strong Norway side in Tallaght in front of a 3,000-strong crowd – and a 2-0 defeat on the night has left their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in France hanging by a thread.

Ireland drew a crowd of just over 3,000 for the occasion, but Ireland were unable to capitalise on their bright start when Lisa-Marie Utland put Norway ahead midway through the first half.

Norway grew in confidence from there, and added a second after the restart to put the game beyond the home side’s reach. As a result, Norway have now leapfrogged Ireland into the playoff spot and look well on course to be the Netherlands’ main challengers for top spot in Group 3.

FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup Qualifier, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 8/6/2018 Republic of Ireland vs Norway Ireland teamshot
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Crucially, they also have a game in hand on Bell’s side – putting even more pressure on Ireland to get a result in Stavanger on Tuesday night to stand any chance of keeping the dream alive for that bit longer.

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