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Bronze stunner sends England into quarter-finals

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England has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup after a stunning goal by Lucy Bronze saw the Lionesses to a 2-1 round-of-16 win over Norway.

Nothing could separate the teams through a dour first 45 minutes, but Norway broke the deadlock nine minutes after the resumption when Solveig Gulbrandsen produced a solid near-post header that bounced off the crossbar and in.

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It appeared to spark the English to life and they got back on level pegging seven minutes later through captain Steph Houghton, who also headed in a well-delivered corner, from Fara Williams.

But the day belonged to right-back Bronze who, with scores locked at 1-1, unleashed a searing first-touch shot from outside the 18-yard box into the top right corner off Ingrid Hjelmseth’s outstretched hand after some nice interplay in the lead-up from Jill Scott and Jodie Taylor.

The brilliant strike saw England book a last-eight clash with hosts Canada, who beat Switzerland 1-0 on Monday (AEST).

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