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Biggest wins in Women’s Euro history after England’s eight-goal demolition of Norway

10:05 BST 12/07/2022
Alessia Russo England Norway 2022
The Lionesses were in devastating form during their second outing at the 2022 finals, with a record-setting bar being raised a little higher

The UEFA Women’s Euros can always be relied upon to deliver intrigue and excitement, with the likes of England, Germany and Sweden having conjured up some of the most memorable performances in the competition’s history.

Goals are rarely in short supply, with some destructive attacking units filling their boots against unwitting opponents, and the record books continue to be rewritten on a regular basis.

The Lionesses, as hosts in 2022, have been in history-making form of late, with another entry added to the very top of a list regarding biggest victories on a continental stage. Here is what that particular roll of honour looks like…

  • England Norway Women's Euro 2022 Beth Mead

    England 8-0 Norway | 2022

    After opening a bid for glory on home soil with an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Austria, England broke their shackles in style during a second group stage outing in 2022.

    Georgia Stanway got the Lionesses off to the perfect start when converting a 12th-minute penalty, but those at the Amex Stadium in Brighton could not have predicted that the floodgates would open in such style.

    Lauren Hemp doubled the home side’s lead, before Ellen White and Beth Mead grabbed a brace apiece to have Sarina Wiegman’s side six goals in front at half-time – another Women’s Euros record.

    While England took their foot off the gas a little in the second 45, there was time for Alessio Russo to step off the bench and get in on the act, while Arsenal star Mead went on to complete an impressive hat-trick.

  • England Scotland Women's Euro 2017 Jodie Taylor

    England 6-0 Scotland | 2017

    The Lionesses were already record-holders before their crushing victory over Norway, with neighbours Scotland blown away in a Battle of Britain encounter back in 2017.

    That contest also took place during the group stage, on Dutch soil in Utrecht, with the Scots brought crashing down to earth with a bump after bringing their long wait for a first major international tournament appearance to a close.

    Pre-match injuries heading into an eagerly-anticipated opening encounter did their cause few favours, and England were in an unforgiving mood.

    Three goals were recorded either side of the interval, with Jodie Taylor netting the first Euros hat-trick in 20 years while Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan also got on the scoresheet.

  • Sweden Finland Women's Euro 2013

    Sweden 5-0 Finland | 2013

    The Swedes were expected to go well on home turf and made a serious show of intent during a group stage outing against Scandinavian rivals in Gothenburg.

    The sight of star strikers Kosovare Asllani and Lotta Schelin finding the target came as no surprise – with the latter bagging a brace – but an unlikely source of goals got a five-star showing up and running.

    Centre-half Nilla Fischer set Sweden on their way by putting them 2-0 up, with her considerable threat from set-pieces proving impossible to contain.

    Finland struggled throughout and only mustered their first shot on target with 11 minutes left on the clock.

  • Sandra Smisek Germany

    Germany 5-0 Russia | 2001

    Germany would, during a run of six consecutive Euros triumphs, ultimately emerge victorious on home soil in 2001.

    They delivered a convincing display of what they were capable of when eventually running away with a group stage game against Russia despite being kept out for 43 minutes.

    Bettina Wiegmann broke the deadlock shortly before the break, and the Germans were then off to the races in Erfurt.

    Birgit Prinz hit the net within five minutes of the restart, before Maren Meinert and a deadly double from Sandra Smisek rounded off a comfortable afternoon’s work for the most dominant team on the continent.

  • Marianne Petterson Norway

    Norway 5-0 Denmark | 1997

    Another example of home advantage helping to deliver the most resounding of victories, with the Norwegians sweeping aside visiting Danes in Lillestrom.

    The game featured a goal-scoring record that still stands to this day, with Marianne Petterson becoming the first – and so far only – player to register four efforts in a single fixture.

    Her efforts dominated the headlines, but Heidi Store also hit the back of the net as Norway got their bid for glory off to a flyer.

    They would fall agonisingly short in a quest to claim the ultimate prize, with a 2-0 defeat suffered to eventual winners Germany at the semi-final stage.

  • Girelli France Italy Women

    Four-goal margins

    The early rounds of group stage games in 2022 delivered plenty of convincing wins, with Germany putting four past Denmark without reply while France stunned Italy by crushing them 5-1.

    Sweden eased past Iceland 4-0 in a 2013 quarter-final, with Lotta Schelin grabbing a brace there, while an all-conquering Germany side reached the peak of their powers in 2009 and thumped England 6-2 in the final that year – with Inka Grings making history by taking her goal tally for the tournament to six.

    In 2009, during the group stage once again, Germany proved far too strong for Norway when putting four past them without reply before going on to race past France 5-1 in their second outing of the finals.

    The Germans also registered a 4-0 win over Italy at the group stage in 2005, while England suffered a humbling four-goal reversal at the hands of Sweden four years prior to that.