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Stanway scores stunner in England loss

LIONESSES: Stanway scored a screamer in Norway

LIONESSES: Stanway scored a screamer in Norway

England’s Lionesses suffered a 2-1 defeat to Norway in a friendly in Bergen.

Four City players started for Phil Neville’s side - and it was Georgia Stanway who opened the scoring after just 10 minutes with a superb first-time effort from 25 yards that crashed in off the underside of the bar.

However, it was something of a false dawn. England were far from their best, with loose passing and a lack of urgency in possession allowing Norway hope of a result.

Carly Telford made a fine low stop early in the second half to keep the scores level, but the from the resulting corner Frida Maanum headed home to equalise for the home side.

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Lucy Bronze perhaps should have restored England’s lead moments later, but her header from inside the area went the wrong side of the post.

And with England struggling to create clear-cut chances, a late Caroline Hansen goal condemned Neville's side to a disappointing defeat against a side they beat at this summer's World Cup in France. 

Next up for the Lionesses is a friendly against Brazil at the Riverside Stadium on 5 October. 

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Norway: Hjelmseth (Fiskerstrand 86'), Moe Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde, Sævik, Risa, Maanum (Engen 56'), Eikeland (Ukland 69'), Reiten, Graham Hansen

England: Telford (Roebuck 78'), Daly (Williamson 77'), Stokes, Walsh, Houghton, Parris, Bronze, Taylor, Duggan, Bright, Stanway

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Witness history: A groundbreaking Manchester Derby

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‘Sorry, no girls allowed.’ It’s the phrase that has haunted almost every sports-playing young woman at some point in her life – and sometimes, even omitting the apology.

It’s the reason women’s sport has lagged so far behind its male counterpart for so long, and the reason why so many budding female sports stars give up on their dreams entirely and embark on a new – and often more ‘traditional’ - path.

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Beckie's pride in historic derby

MATCH READY: Janine Beckie is looking forward to being part of the first Manchester derby in the FA WSL.

Janine Beckie believes City and United’s rivalry extending into the FA WSL can only be good for the women’s game.

The team teams meet for the first time in the professional era on Saturday and Beckie says the significance is not lost in the City squad.

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