Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg stuns teammates by walking off the pitch seconds before kick-off in Women’s World Cup clash
- Hegerberg walked off the pitch seconds before kick-off against Switzerland
- Amid confusion, the star striker was replaced Roma striker Sophie Roman Haug
- After being held to a 0-0 draw, Norway’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread
Norway striker Ada Hegerberg stunned her teammates after walking off the pitch just seconds before kick-off in their Women’s World Cup match against Switzerland.
Star striker Hegerberg was named in the starting lineup but pulled out just before the game commenced as she headed off the pitch before walking down the tunnel.
This led to confused looks from her teammates, before Roma striker Sophie Roman Haug was eventually brought on as her replacement.
Hegerberg, who plays her club football for French side Lyon, watched on from the bench as Norway could only manage a draw in Hamilton.
Hegerberg stunned her teammates after walking off the pitch just seconds before kick-off
Star striker Hegerberg (pictured) was named in the starting lineup but pulled out just before the game commenced as she headed off the pitch before walking down the tunnel
Speaking after the final whistle. Hegerberg stated: ‘There was an acceleration just before kick-off that made me feel something. It made me not want to risk anything. I wish I could have contributed, but I think the girls worked hard. We’re missing the last piece that we need and deserved.’
Tweeting to explain why she left the pitch, the 28-year-old said: ‘I felt discomfort when sprinting right after the anthems.
‘We decided with the staff that no risk should be taken and no subs should be wasted in such an important game for us, and we all trusted Sophie, Karina, and the team to do the job, which they did. We move on.’
After being held to a draw, Norway’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread, as they sit bottom of Group A with just one point from their opening two matches and facing the grim prospect of a shock early exit.
Meanwhile, for Switzerland, the goalless draw means they require just a point from their final group game against co-hosts New Zealand to qualify for the knockout stages.
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