Northern Ireland 0-5 England: Lionesses finish Euro 2022 group stage in style as NI bow out

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

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 stage.

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.

Northern Ireland celebrates team who defied the odds

Northern Ireland fans

Northern Ireland’s exit from the competition was already confirmed but their fans, draped in green, poured into St Mary’s ready to party.

This was a celebration of a team who, ranked 47th in the world, were only introduced into a full-time set-up seven months ago.

They defied the odds to qualify for their first major tournament, and though they were unable to make a dent on Group A, they gave their supporters plenty to cheer.

“Northern Ireland” chants were heard throughout the 90 minutes – heard most loudly after their side conceded – and it was the visitors who were dancing at full-time, arm-in-arm, as England’s players calmly applauded fans in a low-key lap of honour.

Flags with ‘GAWA’ – green and white army – on them were laid before Northern Ireland’s players, who stood in a huddle in the corner posing for photos with their supporters.

This will not be a tournament for them to forget, despite results not being kind. Shiels had hoped his players would “make the nation proud”, and the outpouring of appreciation from their supporters at full-time suggested it was mission accomplished.

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Player of the match

KirbyFran Kirby

with an average of 7.59

Northern Ireland

  1. Squad number1Player nameBurns

    Average rating

    6.08

  2. Squad number17Player nameRafferty

    Average rating

    6.01

  3. Squad number11Player nameMcGuinness

    Average rating

    5.91

  4. Squad number22Player nameMagee

    Average rating

    5.80

  5. Squad number15Player nameHolloway

    Average rating

    5.73

  6. Squad number2Player nameMcKenna

    Average rating

    5.73

  7. Squad number10Player nameFurness

    Average rating

    5.71

  8. Squad number5Player nameNelson

    Average rating

    5.67

  9. Squad number14Player nameWade

    Average rating

    5.67

  10. Squad number8Player nameCallaghan

    Average rating

    5.66

  11. Squad number3Player nameVance

    Average rating

    5.63

  12. Squad number4Player nameRobson

    Average rating

    5.60

  13. Squad number16Player nameCaldwell

    Average rating

    5.58

  14. Squad number19Player nameWilson

    Average rating

    5.55

  15. Squad number13Player nameBurrows

    Average rating

    5.53

  16. Squad number6Player nameHutton

    Average rating

    5.50

England

  1. p07cmfq3Squad number14Player nameKirby
    Average rating

    7.59

  2. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number23Player nameRusso
    Average rating

    7.17

  3. p07cmfq8Squad number7Player nameMead
    Average rating

    6.71

  4. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number20Player nameToone
    Average rating

    6.22

  5. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number12Player nameCarter
    Average rating

    6.14

  6. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number11Player nameHemp
    Average rating

    6.01

  7. p07cmf14Squad number2Player nameBronze
    Average rating

    6.01

  8. p07cmfhrSquad number4Player nameWalsh
    Average rating

    5.95

  9. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number18Player nameKelly
    Average rating

    5.93

  10. p07cmfqzSquad number9Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    5.83

  11. northern ireland 0 5 england lionesses finish euro 2022 group stage in style as ni bow outSquad number10Player nameStanway
    Average rating

    5.79

  12. p07cmdwlSquad number8Player nameWilliamson
    Average rating

    5.79

  13. p07cmf0wSquad number5Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    5.79

  14. p07cmdwpSquad number3Player nameDaly
    Average rating

    5.69

  15. p07cmfgmSquad number6Player nameBright
    Average rating

    5.67

  16. p07cmdl9Squad number1Player nameEarps
    Average rating

    5.63

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

Attendance:
30,785

Match Stats

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Match ends, Northern Ireland Women 0, England 5.

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