Caroline Graham Hansen has been one of the best players in the 2019 Women’s World Cup thus far, and she nearly became a legend with this wonderful strike from outside the box.
Although Norway scored first after Karina Sævik’s picture-perfect pass was slotted home by veteran striker Isabell Herlovsen in the 31st minute, Australia managed to tie the game in the 83rd minute off a corner kick that nobody could get a touch on. Both teams traded big chances throughout the match, with Matildas star striker Sam Kerr coming close multiple times. She even had a goal disallowed by an offsides call.
But the craziest moment of the match wasn’t either goal or Kerr’s moments of magic on the Australia attack. No, it was a shot from out of nowhere by Norway star midfielder Caroline Graham Hansen, who unleashed from outside the box in the 93rd minute with the score at 1-1.
Somehow, some way, this ball didn’t end up in the back of the net. When the ball clanged off the post and bounced away from the goal, surely everyone watching the game felt their heart skip a beat.
It’s almost impossible to get any closer than this. Graham Hansen has been a superstar in this year’s World Cup, and FC Barcelona have to be beyond excited with what they’ve seen from their new signing. The former Wolfsburg star is just 24 and has been Norway’s best player this tournament.
What makes her great display against Australia even more impressive is the fact that she’s toughing it out on an ankle injury. Graham Hansen suffered the injury after absorbing a hard tackle from South Korea in Norway’s final group stage game. The tackle earned her team a penalty that proved to be the decider in the match.
While Graham Hansen couldn’t find the net with this strike, the technique has to be admired. The swerve and power on this strike were ridiculous, and only the post could rob her of an outrageous winning goal.