Ingrid Hjelmseth
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Norway goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth says the team must tighten up at the back ahead of their Women’s World Cup opener against Nigeria in Reims.

The Grasshoppers recorded five wins in seven pre-Women’s World Cup friendlies played in 2019, scoring 19 goals but let in seven in the process.

To wrap up their buildup, the 1995 winners were inspired by Isabell Herlovsen’s hat-trick to thrash Africa Women’s Cup of Nations runners-up South Africa 7-2 in Amiens on Sunday.

Despite their big win over the Africans, the 39-year-old shot-stopper has warned her side against conceding too many goals to avoid ruining their own dreams.

“I have a good feeling and feel that we have a great team,” Hjelmseth told the Norwegian Football Federation official website.

“We are underdogs, but we know that we are a strong and united group that believes in the way we have worked and the goal we have worked towards.

“We know that we can perform well together. I believe in the goal we have set ourselves and that is that we are going to fight for a medal.

“But it is close and even in international football so we must have some luck and the ball must bounce our way for us to do it, but it applies to all nations that will be involved in the fight for the medals.

“We are dependent on having 23 top players and we should not let in too many goals if we are to fight for medals. For my part, it is about keeping the longest possible and most possible.”

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