Newcomers Belgium stun runners-up Norway at women’s Euro

Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Elke Van Gorp and Janice Cayman gave Belgium their first-ever win at the women’s Euro as the Red Flames stunned 2013 runners-up Norway 2-0 in Breda on Thursday.

Van Gorp slammed in a rebound in the 59th minute past Norway keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth who had cleared Tessa Wullaert’s header following a cross from Belgium’s Davina Philtjens.

Eight minutes later, Cayman headed in a long throw-in that had found its way through the Norwegian defence.

Ahead of the tournament in the Netherlands, Norway won nine of ten competitive meetings with Belgium.

But the Belgians, propelled by a noisy crowd, had the first chance when Van Gorp saw her left-footed effort stopped by Hjelmseth just three minutes into the game.

Norway then took the reins, with Ada Hegerberg heading over the crossbar and Caroline Graham Hansen slamming her volley over with just Belgian keeper Justien Odeurs to beat.

Belgium’s Tine De Caigny then missed a pass from Wullaert right in front of the goal and Cayman sent her effort wide, while Andrine Hegerberg’s shot was tipped away by Odeurs.

Norway tried to push after the two goals, but the Belgian defence resisted as Norwegian captain Maren Mjelde sent a free kick over five minutes from the end and Ada Hegerberg squandered a chance.

In the other Group A game on Thursday, the Netherlands are due to take on Denmark in Rotterdam.

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