Scoring Belgium and tight-fisted France join the Euro 2022 party on Sunday when Group D finally gets underway.
he Belgians start their campaign against Iceland at Manchester City Academy Stadium, while the French take on Italy at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at day five of the finals.
Go for goals
Belgium’s 15 games during the 2021/22 season yielded no fewer than 63 goals and a continuation of this form would give them every chance of reaching the knockout stages for the first time in a major tournament.
In Iceland, however, they meet opponents who successfully survived the group stage in 2013 and are fighting for their fourth consecutive European Championship.
None will pass
France went through eight Group G qualifiers without conceding a single goal and will go to battle with Italy, who are determined to extend that record.
However, the Italians, with seven Juventus players in their squad, made it to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2019 and will have high hopes of dampening France’s hopes.
As you were
All four teams in Group C emerged from the opening round of Saturday’s matches and had something to show for their performance.
The reigning champions of the Netherlands needed a second-half equalizer from Jill Roord to cancel out Jonna Andersson’s opener in the 1-1 draw with Sweden at Bramall Lane.
Switzerland, who led Portugal 2-0 after five minutes through goals from Coumba Sow and Rahel Kiwic, had to settle for a point after Diana Gomes and Jessica Silva Leigh Sports Village struck back.
Skipper Lia Walti will have fond memories of Switzerland’s opening game despite the futile lead.
The Arsenal midfielder, whom Switzerland coach Nils Nielsen describes as the “brain, heart and soul” of his team, earned her 100th cap against Portugal.
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This is Portugal: a Portugal with soul, the fighting spirit.Portugal striker Jessica Silva
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland (5pm, St Mary’s Stadium)
Group A: England v Norway (8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium)
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