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Wales downed by Reiten goal
 Women's Football Wales International News - 24 Sep 2020
 
Norway 1 (Reiten 29)
Wales 0

A first half goal from Guro Reiten was the only difference in a closely contested match in Oslo, with Norway securing a 1-0 victory over Wales.
 
The match was most notable for Wales captain Sophie Ingle winning her 100th cap for her country, becoming the third player to reach the landmark.
 
Wales started the match on the front foot with Jessica Fishlock looking comfortable in her first match in a Welsh shirt for 18 months after recovering from an ACL injury. She looked to exploit Fiskerstrand from the outset, testing the Norwegian goalkeeper with a powerful long range shot which lead to Wales' first corner.
 
However, Norway soon settled into the match and started piling on the pressure. After 28 minutes the home team had a breakthrough from their third successive short corner, with Guro Reiten curling it into the top left hand corner, beyond the hand of Laura O'Sullivan.
 
At this point however Wales were very much still in the game, with Green testing Cecilie Fiskerstrand from long range as she was off her line, but the shot went wide. Despite the setback, Wales ended the first half having enjoyed the majority of possession against the group favourites.
 
At the start of the second half, Wales started brightly, just as they did the first, with Natasha Harding breaking along the right flank with a shot that beat the keeper but floated just over the bar.
 
Both Reiten and Caroline Graham Hansen proved a handful to the Welsh defence but O'Sullivan produced a great block to deny Graham Hansen from close range ten minutes into the second half. Graham Hansen's great strike from outside the box found the back of the net a few minutes later before being ruled out for offside.
 
Rhiannon Roberts created another chance for Kayleigh Green with twenty minutes to go, with a great cross into the box but Fiskerstrand stood firm in the Norwegian net.
 
Helen Ward replaced Anna Filbey with ten minutes to go and the record goalscorer provided an extra attacking boost in the closing stages of the match. Roberts linked up well with Ward along the right hand side and pressed on for the equaliser. Despite two corners for Wales in the final five minutes, the Norwegian defence stayed strong, blocking shots by Rachel Rowe and Sophie Ingle to keep their clean sheet.
 
Wales remain in second place in Group C and Jayne Ludlow will take heart from her team's performance against the group favourites. With three home matches to go in this campaign, Wales will face the Faroe Islands and Norway once again next month.
 
Norway: Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Ingrid Wold, Maria Thorisdottir, Maren Mjelde, Vilde Bøe Risa (sub Frida Maanum 59mins), Caroline Graham Hansen (sub Elise Thorsnes 72mins), Lisa-Marie Utland, Ingrid Syrstad Engen, Amalie Eikeland (sub Karina Saevik 68mins), Guro Reiten, Kristine Minde. Subs not used: Guro Pettersen, Ida Norstrøm, Tuva Hansen, Emilie Woldvik, Celin Bizet Ildhusøy, Therese Åsland, Synne Jensen, Emilie Haavi, Julie Blakstad.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Anna Filbey (sub Helen Ward 85mins), Sophie Ingle, Rhianon Roberts, Josie Green, Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe, Hayley Ladd. Subs: Claire Skinner, Gemma Evans, Elise Hughes, Charlie Estcourt, Maria Francis-Jones, Nadia Lawrence, Lily Woodham, Carrie Jones.
 
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