Sweden strike late in Leigh

England expected to fare strongly

Sweden (5/1 Euro 2022 Outright) required a stoppage-time goal to dispatch Belgium in the quarter-finals of the Women’s European Championship on Thursday night, booking a last-four clash with tournament hosts England in the process.

The Blue and Yellow, who won the inaugural women’s euros in 1984, had 32 shots with eight on target before they finally broke the deadlock in the 92nd minute through Linda Sembrant.

It was heartache for Belgium, who defended valiantly but failed to hit the target during 90 minutes, but it was ultimately the right result for a Swedish side that had been peppering the palms of Nicky Evrard.

Having secured a semi-final clash with England at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday, Sweden manager Peter Gerhardsson insists his side will need to have a clear plan on how to beat the Lionesses.

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“We need to ask ourselves ‘what can we do to stop them [England] from playing well and what are our opportunities to beat them? We are going to discuss it and look more at their games,” he told BBC Sport.

“They have a good experience. We are going to have a plan. I can assure you we are going to have a plan, and we need an extremely good plan.”

The fourth and final semi-final place will be decided on Saturday when France take on reigning champions the Netherlands at the New York Stadium, Rotherham (20:00 KO).

The Dutch head into this clash on the back of a 4-1 thumping of Switzerland while France, who have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in the last three Euros, are unbeaten in the last two meetings with the Leeuwinnen.

France are the 5/6 favourites to pick up the win in normal time, while the draw is priced at 13/5 and the Netherlands are 16/5 to progress in 90 minutes.

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Author: Lucas Carlson