After five years away from the national team, Ada Hegerberg made her presence felt for Norway on her return by scoring a hat-trick in the team’s 5-1 hammering against Kosovo in the World Cup qualifiers feminine.
It took just 21 minutes for the Lyon star to reopen his account with the national team, before registering his second just two minutes later. Hegerberg scored his hat-trick on the hour mark, while Frida Maanum and Celin Bizet Ildhusøy were also on the scoresheet.
Erëleta Memeti scored the only goal of the game for Kosovo.
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Hegerberg last played for Norway at Euro 2017 – where the much-loved Norwegians exited in the group stage – before announcing she would no longer represent her country.
The 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner said her decision was due to frustrations with the way women’s football was treated in the country and caused her to miss the 2019 World Cup in France.
Hegerberg’s return is certainly timely for Norway, who are hoping the presence of their star striker, widely regarded as one of the most clinical finishers in women’s football, can lead them to glory at the European Championships. this summer.
The 26-year-old now has 41 goals in 67 appearances for the national team as Norway top Group F after six World Cup qualifiers.