Austria Women and Norway Women will battle it out for a place in the Women’s Euro 2022 knockout rounds when they face off at the Amex Stadium on Friday.
Although they are level on points with their opponents, Norway need a victory to finish in the top two of Group A, while Austria require just one point.
Austria bounced back from a 1-0 defeat against England in their opening game to beat Northern Ireland 2-0 on matchday two.
Katharina Schiechtl opened the scoring in the first half for her side before Katharina Naschenweng wrapped up the three points with an 88th-minute strike.
The win leaves them in second place after two group games, although they will enter Friday’s contest level with their opponents on three points.
While the first tie-breaker is based on the head-to-head result, Austria would advance to the quarter-finals stages by virtue of a better goal difference if they can take a point from their final group match.
Although a draw would be enough for a top-two place, after winning eight of their last 10 matches, Austria will be confident that they can collect all three points on Friday.
Meanwhile, Norway will need to pick themselves up after suffering the biggest defeat in UEFA Women’s European Championship history on Monday.
Norway would have been in a confident mood ahead of Monday’s encounter with England after beating Northern Ireland 4-1 in their opening match.
However, their confidence was shattered by half time as England racked up a six-goal lead before adding a further two goals to their tally in the second half, condemning Norway to a humiliating 8-0 defeat.
Despite suffering such a heavy defeat, Norway will need to put the result behind them as they look to clinch a victory that would book their place in the quarter-finals.
Ahead of the must-win game, Norway can draw inspiration from the fact that before the defeat to England, they had enjoyed a six-game winning run.
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We say: Austria Women 1-3 Norway Women
After suffering a heavy defeat on Monday, Norway will be motivated to offer a positive response, and with Sjogren’s side currently ranked 10 places higher than Austria, we think that they have the quality to beat Austria, and subsequently secure their place in the quarter-finals.