Germany aim to join England in semis

England expected to fare strongly

After England (13/8 favs – Euro 2022 Outright) progressed to the semi-finals of the Women’s Euros on Wednesday night, the second quarter-final takes place on Thursday when Germany and Austria meet at Brentford.

England were given their toughest test of the tournament to date but the hosts eventually came through against Spain, winning 2-1 after extra-time, thanks to Georgia Stanway’s stunning strike in front of a jubilant crowd in Brighton.

Spain had deservedly gone in front when Esther Gonzalez scored in the 54th minute but the Lionesses responded when substitutes Alessia Russo and Ella Toone combined for the equaliser with just six minutes left.

It was another memorable night for England, who are now on a 10-game winning streak, and boss Sarina Wiegman hailed the strength in depth and togetherness in her squad.

Wiegman, who was only given the all-clear to attend the match after testing negative for Covid-19 earlier on Wednesday, said: “Every game, the subs have had an influence.

“It shows the depth in our team, the eagerness of every player to start or come on. Everyone is also on the same page all the time, and want to make a difference.

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“I’m just really happy with that. We’re all supportive, everyone knows their task, otherwise you can’t do what you bring on the pitch.”

England will face the winner of Friday’s last-eight tie between Sweden and Belgium but first is Germany’s showdown with Austria at the Brentford Community Stadium in the second quarter-final.

Germany are favourites at 2/7 to win in normal time, with Austria 17/2 to cause a big shock in 90 minutes, while the draw at full-time is 9/2.

Germany won all three of their Group B games against Denmark, Spain and Finland without conceding a goal to progress comfortably to the last eight. Austria finished second behind England in Group A after they followed up a 1-0 opening defeat to the hosts with victories over Northern Ireland and Norway.

Austria coach Irene Fuhrmann is well aware of the size of the task her side faces as they take on the country ranked fifth in the world.

She said: “It’s fantastic and hard to believe that we made it through such a strong group to reach the quarter-finals. We’re very realistic about our next opponents: Germany have been playing very well. It will be tough.”

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Author: Lucas Carlson