Euro 2022 has already damaged the file as one of the best attended girls’s European Championship of all-time and the enterprise finish of the match remains to be to return because the quarter-finals start on Wednesday.
AFP Sport appears to be like at what to look out for within the final eight.
The blockbuster conflict of the quarter-finals is first up as hosts England goal to make the final 4 for the fourth consecutive main match.
The Lionesses have ridden the wave of residence help to cruise into the quarters by scoring 14 objectives with out reply within the group stage.
That included a file 8-0 mauling of Norway in Brighton and they’re again on the Amex for a really totally different check on Wednesday.
Spain had been pre-tournament favourites till shedding reigning Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas and all-time prime goalscorer Jennifer Hermoso to harm.
Their presence has been missed as La Roja did not make their dominance of the ball depend within the scoreline in a 2-0 defeat to Germany and 1-0 win over Denmark, courtesy of Marta Cardona’s ninetieth minute header.
Nonetheless, England face a dilemma on whether or not to proceed their front-foot offensive or sit again and absorb the Spanish strain as Germany did to nice impact.
The hosts is also lacking their supervisor. Sara Wiegman was not current for the 5-0 win over Northern Eire after testing constructive for Covid and faces a race in opposition to time to check detrimental.
“I believe will probably be the hardest recreation within the Euros given the extent England are enjoying at – and that they’re the host nation, their followers are behind them – however that’s one thing that motivates us,” mentioned Spain coach Jorge Vilda. “We like a problem.”
Germany have emphatically dismissed any notion they weren’t contenders for a ninth Euro title heading to England by easing via what appeared the Group of Dying up in opposition to Spain, Denmark and Finland with a 100% file.
The power of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s squad was an excessive amount of for his or her opponents within the group levels to deal with and so they additionally confirmed a flexibility to get the job carried out in numerous methods.
Denmark and Finland have been blown away as Die Nationalelf scored seven with out reply. In between occasions, they noticed off Spain regardless of having fun with simply 34 possession with a dogged defensive show, allied to taking their probabilities once they got here.
Austria have been shock semi-finalists on the Euro 5 years in the past and have once more upset the chances by beating out Norway to take second place behind England in Group A.
Additionally they pushed the Lionesses shut in a 1-0 defeat within the opening recreation and might be no pushovers, even when Germany might be assured of reaching a primary main match semi-final since 2015.
“We’re a small favorite to win,” mentioned Voss-Tecklenburg. “However we now have to fulfil that.”
After a sluggish begin, Sweden clicked into gear with a 5-0 thrashing of Portugal on Sunday that assured prime spot in Group C and on paper a a lot simpler path to the semi-final.
The Olympic silver medallists are robust favourites to see of Belgium, who’ve made it to the knockout levels of a girls’s match for the primary time.
Nonetheless, the Belgians are a quickly enhancing aspect beneath Ives Serneels as they confirmed in operating France shut and beating Italy within the group levels.
All is effectively within the French camp for now as they laid down a marker of their opening recreation by scoring 5 within the first half in opposition to Italy. A extra slender 2-1 win over Belgium and 1-1 draw with Iceland adopted, however there’s a sense that Corinne Diacre’s aspect are but to be really examined.
That problem ought to come on Saturday in opposition to the holders, who will have the ability to welcome again star striker Vivianne Miedema from lacking two video games because of coronavirus.
Les Bleues, in contrast, might be with out their most dependable supply of objectives after Marie-Antoinette Katoto suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in opposition to Belgium.
France have by no means made it past the final eight at a girls’s Euro and Diacre is beneath intense strain to at minimal ship a semi-final after she was controversially stored on as coach regardless of conflict together with her squad at a house World Cup three years in the past.
The Dutch’s defence of the title has been a rocky one. On prime of shedding Miedema for victories over Portugal and Switzerland, captain Sari van Veenendaal is out of the match with a shoulder harm and one other Covid-19 case for Jackie Groenen has left Mark Parsons having to cobble collectively a aspect.
However Parsons is bullish France will worry his aspect.
“France are a prime opponent however so are we,” mentioned Parsons. “They won’t need to play us. We see a possibility.”