England beat Northern Ireland 5-0 at Euro 2022on July 15, 2022 at 9:10 pm

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England wrap up an impressive group stage at Euro 2022 as they comfortably beat Northern Ireland having already qualified for the quarter-finals.

England celebrate

The Lionesses, who finish top of Group A, will go into the last eight having not conceded a single goal and with three wins from three games.

Tournament top scorer Beth Mead extended her tally to five goals, while substitute Alessia Russo scored two goals in five minutes after the break.

Northern Ireland, who were competing in their first women’s major tournament, finish bottom of the group without a win.

It was not a home nations derby with much on the line but England were heavy favourites and were expected to demonstrate why in Southampton.

With manager Sarina Wiegman absent after testing positive for Covid on Friday, England were frustrated in the early stages at St Mary’s Stadium but soon imposed their quality.

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby produced a piece of magic to break the deadlock when she expertly curled the ball into the top corner, before Mead precisely drilled in a low strike to make it 2-0 before half-time.

Russo came off the bench to score for the second consecutive game, nodding in Mead’s chipped cross, before spinning away and slotting in a second goal in five minutes.

An own goal from Northern Ireland’s Kelsie Burrows, who flicked Mead’s cross over goalkeeper Jackie Burns, completed the rout.

Northern Ireland struggled to compete after the break but had shown glimpses of threat in the first half – Lauren Wade tested goalkeeper Mary Earps from close range, while Rebecca Holloway played some teasing through balls.

Kenny Shiels’ side leave the tournament with plenty of lessons to learn, but their fans were in celebratory mood as they chanted, banged drums and stood for almost the entirety of their final game at Euro 2022.

For England, a quarter-final against Spain or Denmark awaits next Wednesday, and they strengthened their status as a team few will want to face en route to the final.

England in perfect shape for quarter-finals

Wiegman said beforehand not to expect changes as she wanted England to continue their “rhythm” and build momentum for Wednesday’s quarter-final.

It was the same starting XI who ruthlessly thumped eight goals past Norway on Monday, and though they took time to settle they became more familiar as the game went on.

Those connections have been getting stronger each month under Wiegman and as England extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches, conceding just three goals in 11 months, they could not be in better shape for the knockout stages.

Mead and Russo could have bagged hat-tricks, while Lauren Hemp produced arguably her best performance at Euro 2022.

The introductions of the substitutes did not disrupt England’s intensity either, adding threats in other areas and emphasising the depth of quality available to Wiegman.

England were favourites to top Group A, and have done so very comfortably.

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Northern Ireland

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameBurns

    Average rating

    6.03

  2. Squad number2Player nameMcKenna

    Average rating

    5.69

  3. Squad number5Player nameNelson

    Average rating

    5.61

  4. Squad number4Player nameRobson

    Average rating

    5.56

  5. Squad number3Player nameVance

    Average rating

    5.55

  6. Squad number15Player nameHolloway

    Average rating

    5.67

  7. Squad number14Player nameWade

    Average rating

    5.57

  8. Squad number17Player nameRafferty

    Average rating

    5.96

  9. Squad number8Player nameCallaghan

    Average rating

    5.61

  10. Squad number11Player nameMcGuinness

    Average rating

    5.84

  11. Squad number10Player nameFurness

    Average rating

    5.65

Substitutes

  1. Squad number6Player nameHutton

    Average rating

    5.32

  2. Squad number13Player nameBurrows

    Average rating

    5.43

  3. Squad number16Player nameCaldwell

    Average rating

    5.43

  4. Squad number19Player nameWilson

    Average rating

    5.32

  5. Squad number22Player nameMagee

    Average rating

    5.71

England

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameEarps
    Average rating

    5.45

  2. Squad number2Player nameBronze
    Average rating

    5.59

  3. Squad number6Player nameBright
    Average rating

    5.47

  4. Squad number8Player nameWilliamson
    Average rating

    5.60

  5. Squad number3Player nameDaly
    Average rating

    5.51

  6. Squad number10Player nameStanway
    Average rating

    5.60

  7. Squad number4Player nameWalsh
    Average rating

    5.74

  8. Squad number7Player nameMead
    Average rating

    6.42

  9. Squad number14Player nameKirby
    Average rating

    7.40

  10. Squad number11Player nameHemp
    Average rating

    5.76

  11. Squad number9Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    5.65

Substitutes

  1. Squad number5Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    5.50

  2. Squad number12Player nameCarter
    Average rating

    6.02

  3. Squad number18Player nameKelly
    Average rating

    5.70

  4. Squad number20Player nameToone
    Average rating

    5.93

  5. Squad number23Player nameRusso
    Average rating

    6.83

Line-ups

Northern Ireland

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Burns
  • 2McKenna
  • 5NelsonSubstituted forHuttonat 87’minutes
  • 4Robson
  • 3Vance
  • 15HollowaySubstituted forMageeat 66’minutes
  • 14Wade
  • 17RaffertySubstituted forBurrowsat 66’minutes
  • 8CallaghanSubstituted forWilsonat 87’minutes
  • 11McGuinness
  • 10FurnessSubstituted forCaldwellat 80’minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hutton
  • 7McCarron
  • 12Flaherty
  • 13Burrows
  • 16Caldwell
  • 18McDaniel
  • 19Wilson
  • 20Andrews
  • 21McGuinness
  • 22Magee
  • 23Turner

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 2BronzeSubstituted forCarterat 74’minutes
  • 6BrightSubstituted forGreenwoodat 45’minutes
  • 8Williamson
  • 3Daly
  • 10StanwaySubstituted forTooneat 45’minutes
  • 4Walsh
  • 7Mead
  • 14Kirby
  • 11HempSubstituted forKellyat 60’minutes
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussoat 45’minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Greenwood
  • 12Carter
  • 13Hampton
  • 16Scott
  • 17Parris
  • 18Kelly
  • 19England
  • 20Toone
  • 21Roebuck
  • 22Wubben-Moy
  • 23Russo
Referee:
Esther Staubli

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Northern Ireland Women 0, England 5.

  2. Second Half ends, Northern Ireland Women 0, England 5.

  3. Attempt missed. Alessia Russo (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Beth Mead.

  4. Attempt missed. Alessia Russo (England) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jessica Carter with a cross.

  5. Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Ashley Hutton replaces Julie Nelson.

  6. Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Emily Wilson replaces Marissa Callaghan.

  7. Attempt missed. Beth Mead (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Beth Mead (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Foul by Rebecca McKenna (Northern Ireland Women).

  10. Foul by Chloe Kelly (England).

  11. Nadene Caldwell (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Nadene Caldwell replaces Rachel Furness.

  13. Foul by Jessica Carter (England).

  14. Kirsty McGuinness (Northern Ireland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Own Goal by Kelsie Burrows, Northern Ireland Women. Northern Ireland Women 0, England 5.

  16. Offside, England. Fran Kirby tries a through ball, but Alessia Russo is caught offside.

  17. Substitution, England. Jessica Carter replaces Lucy Bronze.

  18. Attempt missed. Keira Walsh (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fran Kirby.

  19. Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Abbie Magee replaces Rebecca Holloway.

  20. Substitution, Northern Ireland Women. Kelsie Burrows replaces Laura Rafferty.

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