This start is so important – Sarina Wiegman happy after England’s opening win

England boss Sarina Wiegman described the successful start to Euro 2022 as important, stressing her side can do better after the Lionesses opened their home game with a 1-0 win over Austria.

eth Mead’s 16th-minute finish was the only goal of the tournament opener at Old Trafford, which had a competition record crowd of 68,871.

Wiegman said in her post-match press conference: “It’s a good win and this start is so important. It gives the team and the audience such a boost.

“We had some very good moments in the game, we created a lot of chances and we should have scored a bit more goals. But we also had some difficult moments in the game and we got through it, that’s really good I think.”

After Mead lifted the ball over her Arsenal team-mate Manuela Zinsberger and was confirmed by match officials to have crossed the line, England’s unsuccessful attempts to extend their lead included Ellen White, who missed a good chance while Lauren Hemp was foiled by a save well.

After the break, Mary Earps made two saves in the final 15 minutes as the hosts secured the win.

Wiegman added: “I think we were a bit rushed in the last third. We created a lot of chances, but we can do better with the finishing touches or the decision to shoot or cross or take the ball. But the most important thing was that we scored one and that we have three points.

“I think we lost the ball too quickly (in the second half) and then you keep switching and it’s really exhausting.

“And of course they wanted to push for a goal. Then you really have to hold the ball and then you can control it, and we didn’t do that well enough. But I think we were very calm in the last few minutes and kept the ball longer, and that was very mature.”


Beth Mead scored for England (Nick Potts/PA)

Commenting on the atmosphere created by the crowd, Wiegman said: “It was amazing. No more words – it’s just amazing. Playing here at Old Trafford, 70,000 people making a lot of noise, standing behind us, it’s really incredible.

“I hope they go through and they will because we have sold out stadiums.”

England resume their Group A games next Monday when they take on Norway at the Amex Stadium before taking on Northern Ireland at St Mary’s four days later.

Austria coach Irene Fuhrmann said: “I’m very proud of our performance and the way we played, but at the end of the day we leave with zero points and that’s a bit disappointing.

“Especially in the second half we showed a good reaction, especially attacking, we showed courage, we had a few chances to score. But of course England dominated the game for many phases and therefore deserved to win.” This start is so important – Sarina Wiegman happy after England’s opening win

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