England vs Spain LIVE: Latest Euro 2022 updates

England vs Spain LIVE: Latest Euro 2022 updates

Covid-stricken Sarina Wiegman ‘has high hopes’ of qualifying for Euro quarter-finals in England

England made a thrilling comeback over Spain to advance to the Euro 2022 semi-finals as Georgia Stanway’s stunning strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win after extra time. The Lionesses will face Sweden or Belgium in the last four after being minutes away from being knocked out of their home tournament.

After a wary first half, Spain struck first when substitute Athenea Del Castillo beat Rachel Daly to set up Esther Gonzalez, who took advantage of a sloppy England defense to open the scoring.

England had yet to trail at the Euros and Wiegman fired on Alessia Russo, Chloe Kelly and Ella Toone in hopes of an equalizer. Lauren Hemp was denied what appeared to be a penalty after being tripped by Ona Batlle in the box, before Toone had an invaluable impact.

They salvaged Russo’s knockdown in the box to pull England level in the 84th minute, just as the Lionesses faced a heartbreaking elimination, which forced extra time. Spain held off Stanway and unstoppable success passed Sandro Panos on a memorable night in Brighton.

Relive the action below as the Lionesses qualified for the Euro 2022 semi-finals:


Sarina Wiegman proves her class to guide England from the brink

Six minutes plus downtime. It was how close England were to the precipice, how close they were to squandering a chance to win their first major international tournament and win it on home soil. Indeed, sometimes at the Amex, especially in a one-sided first half, they couldn’t have looked much further than the standards set by their quarter-final opponents. Spain had done little to live up to their pre-tournament hype until then. Suddenly, the Lionesses did not fulfill the label of favorites that their performances in the group stage had deserved.

And yet, it’s in times like these, when time is running out and something needs to change, that the presence of a top-notch coach can make all the difference. England’s biggest asset at Euro 2022 isn’t Georgia Stanway, despite his spectacular winner from 25 yards which booked a place in the semi-finals. It’s not Ella Toone, the little super-sub who is equalized and arguably deserves a good run in the starting lineup. Rather, it is the manager who selects this composition and – more importantly – corrects it if necessary.

Sarina Wiegman foresees all eventualities. Just ask her assistants, who took charge as she was struck down by Covid-19 last week and in the build-up to this quarter-final. Had it not been for the chance of a negative test result, confirmed just hours before kick-off, she would have watched from Teddington training base in England, giving instructions over a phone line, but not seeing and n not analyzing dates in quite the same way. way. Perhaps then she wouldn’t have made the same bold decisions that turned that tie in England’s favour.


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

Spain will look back on this game and wonder how they let it slip away. They topped all but the most crucial stat.


England through to Euro 2022 semi-finals as rocket ship Georgia Stanway beat Spain in extra-time thriller

Georgia Stanway gets the goal her tournament deserves, England – so honourably, so resilient – advance to the semi-finals.

The show continues thanks to a beautiful display of character. Because, in many ways, what makes that 2-1 quarter-final win over Spain all the more impressive is that it was a game where England were so often second.

It was certainly far from their finest performance.

This, however, immediately made it the game of the tournament while bringing out some of England’s best qualities; the kind of intangible forces that truly create champions; the kind of qualities that only come out on nights like this, when the tension of it all is more exhilarating and suffocating than the summer weather.

It all staged the sweetest and loudest celebrations in Brighton, something beyond what Euro 2022 has offered so far.


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

England will now face either Sweden or Belgium in the semi-final next Tuesday.

Their opponents will be determined on Friday when the Group C winner takes on the Group D runners-up in the third semi-final of Euro 2022.


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals


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England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

Here’s a look at Georgia Stanway’s game-winning goal that sent England through to the semi-finals of Euro 2022:


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

Amex Stadium is buzzing as fans stayed to join in the celebrations. ‘Sweet Caroline’ blared from the loudspeakers.

England had to dig deep to get this victory. It was such a well-contested victory that the players deserve these celebrations.


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

“Job done, we will focus on the semi-finals.” England match winner Georgia Stanway said in her post-match interview.


England return to beat Spain and reach Euro 2022 semi-finals

Sarina Wiegman’s magic touch works again. This time it was for England who fought back from one goal to beat Spain 2-1 after extra time.


(The FA via Getty Images)

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