Germany meets Austria in the next Euro 2022 quarter-finals after England sealed their place in the semi-finals.
The Lionesses came from behind to defeat Spain on Wednesday night as Georgia Stanway secured a 2-1 victory with a sensational goal in extra time.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look ahead.
Lionesses roar in the last four
England are still without much honor in the women’s category and it looked like another tournament might just pass them by. With 14 goals and not a single goal in the group, this was by far their toughest test. Spain – who weren’t at their best by then – turned up the style and took a fitting lead through Esther Gonzalez. England’s hopes seemed to be dwindling, only for Ella Toone to come off the bench and equalize after being knocked down by her Manchester United team-mate Alessia Russo. The game went into extra time, where Stanway decided the match with a superb goal that sent England into a semi-final against either Sweden or Belgium in Sheffield on Tuesday.
pain for Spain
One of the pre-tournament favourites, Spain again failed in the quarter-finals. It’s the third consecutive Women’s European Championship where they haven’t progressed beyond the last eight. Spain dominated for most of the 90 minutes but after Toone’s equalizer they found no way back into the game and will now need to regroup ahead of a crack at next year’s World Cup. Star player Alexia Putellas should be back and until then she’ll be firing on all cylinders after being ruled out of the Euro with a knee injury.
No additional motivation for Germany
National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg insists that the quarter-final game against neighboring Austria is irrelevant. Eight-time winners Germany want to improve on their knockout round of 16 five years ago. She said: “It doesn’t make any difference to us. We could play against Norway, Sweden, Austria or the Netherlands, who are all our neighbours. It’s a quarter-final at Euro and every opponent is deservedly here… it doesn’t affect us.”
Austria is the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament. Head coach Irene Fuhrmann said: “It is a sensation that we are again among the top eight teams in Europe. We have another chance to face one of the best teams of this tournament. Germany, like England, has proven how consistent it is. They haven’t conceded a goal yet – it’s going to be an incredible challenge.”
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Quarterfinals: Germany v Austria (8pm, Brentford Community Stadium)
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/germany-austria-england-spain-euros-b2127945.html Germany meets neighbor Austria in the next quarter-finals of Euro 2022