Compact EM: Austria celebrates, Norway mourns, Denmark and Spain hope
What a prelude to the final decisions of the EM! Austria, Norway, England – everyone was in action. Moreover, today is the last DFB women’s group game.
What Happened Yesterday (Part 1): Austria Shocks Norway
Nobody would have expected it: Austria, and not Norway, fought their way to the quarter-finals! It also means the end of superstar Ada Hegerberg, who only returned to her national team this year.
Austria dominated the first half, so it only made sense that Nicole Billa headed a cross from Verena Henshaw – both playing in the Bundesliga, by the way – into the Norwegian goal (37th). Norway should have scored two goals to reach the quarter-finals, but failed because of the Austrian defence. Norway are thus eliminated for the second time after 2017 in the preliminary round of a European Championship – coach Martin Sjögren should fear for his position. And Austria is Germany’s next opponent in the quarter-finals.
What happened yesterday (part 2): England aren’t giving up
England were already assured of the quarter-finals, but in the derby against Northern Ireland, they did not miss anything. And this despite the fact that coach Sarina Wiegman had to take time off due to corona disease.
In the end, England won 5-0 against their neighbors Northern Ireland. Beth Mead, Fran Kirby, Alessia Russo doubled and Kelsie Burrows scored, how could it be otherwise.
Best striker Katoto: Shock for France
The best strikers seem to have been cursed at the European Championship: first Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas are absent, then Vivianne Miedema is affected by corona disease and now Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
The 23-year-old Frenchwoman had to be substituted after 17 minutes in Thursday’s game against Belgium. Now it’s clear: she tore her cruciate ligament and will be out for a long time. France meet Iceland in the last group game, but advanced to the quarter-finals earlier than expected.
Denmark-Spain: confrontation in group B
Today, it’s all or nothing between Denmark and Spain – or rather: reaching the quarter-finals. The two teams have not yet managed to convince in the European Championship. Denmark only won their last match against Finland thanks to a 72nd-minute goal from Pernille Harder, while Spain even suffered a defeat against Germany.
Nevertheless, a draw is enough for coach Jorge Vilda’s team. Denmark, on the other hand, need a win due to the worst goal difference. But Vilda doesn’t want to take any risks. « If you’re looking for a draw or speculating on the result, it can end badly. Tomorrow is a final we want to win. That’s the only goal, » said the Spaniard on the PC of UEFA preview.
Only a year ago, the Spaniards managed to win their first match against Denmark. For this to succeed again, however, they need to work on their defense. Because they really had to take a hit so far – defensive chief Paredes and Co. fell behind against Finland and Germany in the first three minutes.
DFB-Frauen: Third victory in a row against Finland?
Germany have already secured the group victory, but for Finland it is a matter of leaving the European Championship with their heads held high. However, the probability is low: the Finns last managed to win against the German team in 1985. And now they also have to do without such important players as captain Tinja-Riikka Korpela (Corona).
For national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, on the other hand, today is an opportunity to rest some players and give youngsters a chance. Marina Hegering also enters the game relaxed. « We are incredibly happy and relieved to have already won the group. It means that we can now approach the last game against Finland a little more calmly. It was the first step we wanted to take and we are looking forward to everything. which is to come,” Hegering said.
Where is what?
As usual on the last day of the group stage, both games start at the same time at 9 p.m. While the match against Germany will be broadcast live on ZDF, the match between Denmark and Spain will be broadcast live (ZDF and DAZN). You can also find all of One(Site notre blog d’information)’s highlights below.