The Lionesses have scored the most group stage goals in European Championship history after three impressive performances at Euro 2022.
England scored 14 goals in Group A, following up a 1-0 victory against Austria with 8-0 and 5-0 demolitions of Norway and Northern Ireland respectively.
This has set yet another record, surpassing the 11 goals scored by Germany in the group stage at Euro 2001.
In the men’s tournament, the highest number of goals scored in the group stage is nine. This was achieved by France in 1984 and the Netherlands in 2008.
It is not the first record set by the Lionesses at Euro 2022. The side’s 8-0 result against Norway was the biggest win in the history of the European Championship, men and women’s.
The previous record-breaking victory had also been set by England, who romped their way to a 6-0 win over Scotland at Euro 2017, while there have been five men’s games won by a five-goal margin.
The Lionesses now face a quarter-final clash against Spain or Denmark, who play tomorrow as Group B comes to a conclusion.
England blow Northern Ireland away
It was another dominant performance for England at St Mary’s Stadium this evening, even with manager Sarina Wiegman testing positive for COVID-19 just hours before. The Dutchwoman watched the match from the squad’s base camp instead, and she must have been pleased by what she saw.
Fran Kirby opened the scoring with a sublime shot from outside the penalty box, before Beth Mead increased her chances of winning the Golden Boot with her fifth goal of the tournament.
In the second half, substitute Alessia Russo made a claim for a starting spot with two goals, before Kelsie Burrows added to Northern Ireland’s misery with an own goal.
“To come on and score is great,” Russo told BBC Sport. “I just got in the right place at the right time and was able to put them in the back of the net.
“I should have finished [a third chance] but we will move on to the next game. I’ve been watching Ian Wright’s goals this week and maybe that inspired me. The girls were brilliant in the first half too.”
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The Lionesses will take the next step towards European glory with their quarter-final on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to take place at the Amex Stadium in Brighton at 8pm.
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