OTTAWA – Lucy Bronze scored in the 76th minute, and England rallied to beat Norway 2-1 Monday night for its first knockout-stage victory at the Women’s World Cup.
Steph Houghton began the comeback for sixth-ranked England with a 61st-minute goal. The Three Lionesses, who failed to win a knockout match in three previous World Cup appearances, advanced to a quarterfinal Friday against host Canada in Vancouver.
The 11th-ranked Norwegians, the 1995 champion, had yet another disappointing World Cup. Norway finished fourth in 2007, then was eliminated in the group stage four years ago.
Solveig Gulbrandsen put Norway ahead in the 54th minute with a header.