FT: England 3-0 Norway. An emphatic way to reach your second-ever World Cup semi-final. England were put under pressure on many occasions tonight, but their superiority in the final third told. Hosts France or USA are up next, and on this showing, the Lionesses really should not fear anyone. Thanks for joining us. Full report to follow. Goodnight.
- 2nd Half
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Norway (W) - England (W)
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They really shouldn't...
Daly clips a cross to the back post, but the defender just beats Mead to it.
WIDE! Daly slips Stanway in, who is in space in the box, but slices wide. Five minutes of added time here.
They really are giving it everything until the last here...
Parris is replaced late on here for England by Rachel Daly.
Bardsley is down to make another smart save from a tight angle from Hansen. Has had another fine evening here the England goalkeeper.
Wold's match is over, as she is replaced by Hansen for Norway.
SAVED! Parris, who missed her last penalty, sees another penalty saved! Good job it matters little!
PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Houghton is pushed to the floor and the referee points to the spot.
White is fine to continue. Norway create another opening, but Eikeland cannot quite get on the end of a low cross.
Worry for England as White stays down after clashing with the goalkeeper.
England are back on the ball now, having calmed the storm.
Change for England with Kirby, who has been much improved tonight, making way for Georgia Stanway.
Utland again with the effort, but he flick from distance rolls just wide.
England remain under pressure here. Maybe this match is not quite over yet?
SAVE! England looking a bit shaky at the back as Houghton is this time muscled off the ball, Herlovsen tries to slot the ball home, but Bardsley is down to make a smart save.
OFF THE LINE! Awful pass from Bright puts Bardsley in trouble, Utland nips in, leaves Bardsley on the floor, fires for goal, but Houghton is back on the line to clear, heroically.
Change for Norway as Utland comes on for Saevik.
Parris elects to try find Scott on the run, but gets too much on it.
And what a goal it was!
Bit of a party atmosphere here now, with England fans making their voices heard.
A training ground routine caught Norway out, Mead slotted the ball into the path of Bronze, who unleashed a thunderous strike from fully 25 yards that flew into the net. Game over?
GOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! England 3-0 Norway. WHAT. A. GOAL. Bronze thunders into the net to surely put England in the last four.
Bardsley races from her line to smother at the feet of Reiten. Brave goalkeeping.
Change for England as Duggan makes way for Beth Mead.
Bronze lines one up from distance, but that it straight at the goalkeeper.
White is again the danger, as she bursts through the middle, but this time she cannot quite get on the end of the throughpass.
CHANCE! Graham Hansen is there, on the end of a knockdown, six yards out, unmarked, looking set to get Norway back into the match, but Houghton recovers brilliantly to make the tackle and save England.
We are back up and running here is Le Havre. No changes for either side.
HT: England 2-0 Norway. The Lionesses got off to the perfect start as Scott got on the scoresheet with just 122 seconds on the clock, before Norway grew into the encounter. England's class told, though, as Parris found record-breaker White to put England in command. Can they see this out?
Wonderful cross from Stokes to the back post, but Scott cannot quite guide the ball on target on the stretch. One minute of added time...
That trademark celebration for the sixth time in a World Cup finals...
Kirby is down in the aftermath of the goal, but seems fine to continue.
Lovely swift move from England. Parris is again the danger as she is put clean through, only this time she elects to square for White, who slots home with ease. White now leads the scoring charts in this tournament, and now has more Women's World Cup goals than any other England player.
GOOOOOALLLLL!!!! England 2-0 Norway. White is on hand to convert from close range to double England's lead.
SAVE! Lovely move from England. White feeds Kirby, who clips a perfect cross onto the head of Parris, but her downward header is well saved.
Poor touch from Bardsley almost puts her in trouble, but the England stopper slides in to clear.
Nothing has gone to the referee's upstairs, so Stokes gets away with it. Her arm was up, and the ball did strike it after the initial block.
VAR! VAR! VAR! It is that time again, as Norway appeal for handball against Stokes in the box. Just waiting for the ball to go out of play to see if that will be reviewed.
POST! So close to a second for England. The lofted pass into White from Parris is superb, the England striker takes her time and fires a powerful strike for goal, but sees her effort come out off the post.
Untidy pass from Hansen wastes an opportunity to put England under more pressure.
Scott is watchful and wins possession to break up another Norway attack. England second best at the moment.
Hansen cuts onto her right foot, but Lucy Bright is across to make the block.
Wold is again in a good position, but overhits her cross, much to the relief of Karen Bardsley in the England goal.
CHAAAAAANCE! Scott slides a nice pass into Nikita Parris, who cuts inside, with defenders committing themselves, but the Manchester City forward slices over the top with the goal at her mercy.
Houghton has to step across to make the interception as England continue to look sloppy.
The England defenders get dragged into the middle as a cross comes in from the left, it evades everyone, Ingrid Wold arrives late at the back post, but she cannot control at the vital moment.
Fran Kirkby gets away with a wild lunge in the middle of the park as England look to continue to quash any Norwegian momentum.
Joy in France's 13th biggest city!
England look comfortable at the back but remain pressed in their half.
Norway have come right back into this now as Houghton sees the ball behind for a goal kick.
And what a time to join that elite group!
First danger from Norway as Isabell Herlovsen gets to the byline, but he cross is blocked behind for a corner.
Norway are on the ropes here. Scott again comes, but can't divert the ball goalwards.
The fastest goal of the tournament so far gives England the advantage. Superb work from Lucy Bronze to burst to the byline, she pulled it back for White, who miskicked, but veteran Scott was on hand to steer the ball into the bottom corner.
GOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!!! England 1-0 Norway. What a start from England as Jill Scott steers home the opener.
Demi Stokes whips a nice ball in, it comes off a defender, but there is no corner kick given. Ellen White is incredulous. Good start from England.
KICK OFF! So here we go on a warm evening in Le Havre. A meeting with hosts France or favourites USA awaits...
Time for the anthems!
ADDED INCENTIVE: Not only is a place in the semi-finals up for grabs tonight, Olympic qualification hopes are resting on this result. There are seven European sides left in the World Cup - the USA are the only nation in the remaining eight who are from a different continent. Only the top three European nations can qualify for Tokyo 2020 and therefore a semi-final place at least is needed.
England manager Phil Neville says his team are mentally ready for the challenge of a World Cup quarter-final. "We have not got to a quarter final and started doing things differently," Neville said. "The routine is something I have had all my life. It has given me comfort and it’s given the team comfort. In the past you would have tried to shield them from the expectation, for fear of failure. But my girls don’t have any fear of failure. The occasion, the attention, it’s what they’ve grown up wanting. Three or four years ago we were crying out for this - so when we get here we’re not going to back off, not going to say it’s nerve-wracking or our bellies are twitching. We will embrace it."
Even festival goers can't miss this!
ROAD TO THE FINAL: A well-fancied England got off to an unconvincing start with a narrow win over Scotland, before a routine success against Argentina. Coach Phil Neville rotated for the final group game against Japan, but that didn't stop England strolling to victory. A 3-0 last-16 win over Cameroon sounds comfortable, but it was anything but, with VAR taking centre stage, much to the anger of the Cameroonians. Norway lost one group game to hosts France, but have impressed many en route to the last eight, ousting a talented Australia team in the round of 16.
Martin Sjogren, Norway coach, says that his squad has massive respect for England ahead of tonight's clash.
It has certainly caused many a debate so far....
Messages from afar...
RELIEF FOR ENGLAND! Inspirational captain Steph Houghton has been passed fit and will start tonight, despite struggling for fitness in the run-up to this encounter. Centre-back partner Lucy Bright is also fit to start, providing England with a huge boost. Manchester United skipper Alex Greenwood misses out, though, with Demi Stokes starting at full-back. Chelsea's defensive duo Maren Mjelde and Maria Thorisdottir start in the heart of the Norway defence.
TEAM NEWS - ENGLAND XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, Bronze, Stokes, Walsh, Parris, Scott, Kirby, Duggan, White. /// NORWAY: Hjelmseth, Moe Wold, Thorisdottir, Mjelde, Boe Risa, Herlovsen, Graham-Hansen, Engen, Reiten, Minde, Saevik.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of England Women's World Cup quarter-final clash with Norway from Le Havre. On the back of their SheBelieves Cup triumph, English hopes of glory in France rose considerably ahead of the World Cup. Now, after four wins from four, England expects. Norway, who have won four of their five World Cup quarter-finals they've taken part in, will be out to break English hearts once more. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!