Belgium met Group D winners France in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Italy at the Academy Stadium in Manchester.
France went confidently into their last group game but were prevented from a 100 percent record by Dagny Brynjarsdottir’s injury-time penalty in their 1-1 draw with Iceland.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the final round of play in the tournament.
French winning streak ended
Melvine Malard scored after just 44 seconds but France were unable to extend their 16-game winning streak after two goals were disallowed in the second half.
Malard was ruled out by VAR in the 68th minute after being caught offside and Grace Geyoro’s chance to put the game safe with two minutes left was thwarted by handball.
Iceland had chances when Sveindis Jonsdottir hit the bar in the 11th minute, but news of Belgium’s lead in the other game made their surrender increasingly unlikely.
Brynjarsdottir’s commanding penalty proved too late and the final whistle meant Iceland became the first team to go out of the group stage, having drawn all three games.
De Caigny makes history for Belgium
Tine De Caigny rushed into the second half after four minutes to seal a historic win for Belgium, who reached the last eight for the first time.
The Belgians were keeping an eye on the Iceland score and also had to withstand constant pressure from Italy, who hit the bar through Cristiana Girelli.
Valentina Giacinti missed one of Italy’s many good chances, while Belgium could have calmed their nerves when Tessa Wullaert hit a post in added time.
News of Iceland’s late goal rattled the nerves of Belgium, but they survived and reached the knockout stages in only their second appearance at the finals.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/belgium-italy-france-lionesses-french-b2126060.html Belgium meets Group D winners France in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022