Sampson begins with draw

Mark Sampson's hopes of starting his reign as England women's coach with a win were scuppered by a late goal.

Last Updated: 17/01/14 at 16:47 Post Comment

Eniola Aluko: Gave England an early lead

Eniola Aluko: Gave England an early lead

Mark Sampson's hopes of starting his reign as England women's coach with a win were scuppered by a late goal in La Manga.

The former Bristol Academy boss took a 30-strong squad to the Spanish resort for their annual bout of warm-weather training - and the trip concluded with Friday's match against Norway.

Things looked bright when Eniola Aluko cut inside and fired over the Norway goalkeeper and into the net to give England a 10th-minute lead.

However, the Euro 2013 runners-up posed the expected threat and England keeper Karen Bardsley needed to be at her best to make good saves from Elise Thorsnes and Kristine Minde.

Lianne Sanderson came close to doubling England's advantage on the hour - but her close-range header was saved by Cecile Fiskarstrand.

And Norway equalised in the 87th minute when Melissa Bjanesoy headed home from a corner.

Sampson signed a four-year deal in December, taking over a team who sit top of their World Cup qualification group after winning four games out of four under caretaker boss Brent Hills - following the dismissal of Hope Powell in August.


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