Germany 2-0 Austria: The eight-time champions advance to the semi-finals

Germany booked their place within the semi-finals of the European Girls’s Championship with victory over Austria on the Brentford Neighborhood Stadium.

It was a tighter sport than many would have anticipated as Germany confronted their largest take a look at but of their pursuit of a record-extending ninth European title.

Klara Buhl deflected the ball from the Austrian defender and pushed into the field, the place Alexandra Popp, who scored the fourth aim in 4 video games, unselfishly left the ball to the coming Lina Magulli, who opened the scoring.

Popp acquired her second within the dying minutes of the match when Austria goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger’s try and play out the again rebounded and Popp caught out her boot to push into the web.

The Wolfsburg ahead has scored in 4 consecutive European Championship matches, equaling Heidi Mohr’s file from 1989-1993, and strikes one aim away from England’s Beth Mead within the Golden Boot race.

“It was a really tight sport – it was very tough to play in opposition to Austria. I am completely happy to complete with my fourth aim and completely happy and happy with the workforce,” stated Popp.

“At first we weren’t the most important favorites and now now we have proven the entire world the place we’re. I feel workforce spirit is essential for us and that is the purpose the place we’re so sturdy and we hope that historical past has not ended.”

Regardless of incomes 117 caps, this can be Popp’s first European match since coming back from a long-term harm that sidelined him for 10 months in preparation for the competitors.

“I had a extremely exhausting time final 12 months [with injury] – I’m very grateful to be right here. I’m free, I really feel good and I may also help my workforce,” he stated.

“We’re very completely happy that now we have loads of followers right here. We want spirit, assist and it’s a excellent feeling. We additionally really feel the assist of Germany – we’ll give every little thing to get to the ultimate.”

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s aspect had been fortunate in opposition to Austria however have loads of work to do earlier than they face France or the Netherlands within the semi-finals in Milton Keynes subsequent Wednesday.

Germany shouldn’t be with out its faults

On paper, Germany’s journey to Euro 2022 seems to have been simple. And thus far it has been.

They’d loads of probabilities to increase their lead at 1-0 when Buhl fired into an open web after a long-range shot was blocked and Popp was a continuing risk.

Nevertheless, their 100% clear sheet file within the match – the one workforce left with such a comeback – belies their occasional frailties in defence, as Germany struggled to consolidate their dominance within the group levels and Austria missed massive probabilities to attract stage 1. -0.

Austria, who gained their second Euro, had been a shock semi-finalist in 2017 however misplaced their place within the last to Denmark.

Irene Fuhrmann’s aspect had been unfortunate, hitting the woodwork 3 times and placing their native rivals underneath extra strain than some other aspect to this point.

“It is a powerful second proper after the sport,” he stated. “After we look again, the workforce might be very happy with the best way they performed – not simply at the moment, however all through the match. We demanded every little thing from Germany.”

They had been simply the second and third objectives Austria have scored this match – the primary in opposition to England – however they’ve additionally scored simply three objectives and poor decision-making within the last third has price them.

Regardless of having gained the title in eight of the 12 European tournaments, Germany didn’t come into this match as outright favourites.

They lifted the trophy six occasions in a row between 1995 and 2013, however their bid for a seventh successive title ended with a shock quarter-final loss to 2017 runners-up Denmark.

The absence of injured Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan and Chelsea’s Melanie Leupolz, who introduced her being pregnant in March, made it exhausting to guess what to anticipate, however they appear to have grown as a workforce all through the match.

Recreation participant

Lay downLisa Makas

Germany

  1. Group quantity2Participant titleKleinherne

  2. Group quantity8Participant titleLohmann

  3. Group quantity15Participant titleGwinn

  4. Group quantity6Participant titleOberdorf

  5. Group quantity5Participant titleHegering

  6. Group quantity11Participant titlePop

  7. Group quantity20Participant titleMagull

  8. Group quantity17Participant titleRauch

  9. Group quantity13Participant titleDäbritz

  10. Group quantity19Participant titleBühl

  11. Group quantity4Participant titleLattewein

  12. Group quantity9Participant titleHuth

  13. Group quantity3Participant titleHendrich

  14. Group quantity1Participant titleFfrohms

  15. Group quantity16Participant titleDallmann

  16. Group quantity22Participant titleModel

Austria

  1. Group quantity20Participant titleLay down

  2. Group quantity8Participant titleDunst

  3. Group quantity18Participant titleHickelsberger-Füller

  4. Group quantity14Participant titleHöbinger

  5. Group quantity15Participant titleBilla

  6. Group quantity9Participant titleOn Zadrazi

  7. Group quantity10Participant titleFeiersinger

  8. Group quantity19Participant titleHanshaw

  9. Group quantity3Participant titleNaschenweng

  10. Group quantity2Participant titleGeorgieva

  11. Group quantity7Participant titleWeninger

  12. Group quantity17Participant titlePuntigam

  13. Group quantity12Participant titleWienroither

  14. Group quantity1Participant titleZinsberger

Compositions

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ffrohms
  • 15Gwinn
  • 3Hendrich
  • 5Hegering
  • 17RauchChangedKleinherneat 90+5′minutes
  • 20MagullChangedDallmannat 64′minutes
  • 6Oberdorf
  • 13DäbritzBooked in 59 minutesChangedLatteweinat 64′minutes
  • 9HuthChangedLohmannat 90+4′minutes
  • 11Pop
  • 19BühlChangedModelat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kleinherne
  • 4Lattewein
  • 7Schüller
  • 8Lohmann
  • 10Freigang
  • 14Anyomi
  • 16Dallmann
  • 18Wassmuth
  • 21Berger
  • 22Model
  • 23Doorsoun

Austria

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 12Wienroither
  • 7Weninger
  • 2Georgieva
  • 19HanshawBooked in 45 minutes
  • 17PuntigamChangedHöbingerat 81′minutes
  • 18Hickelsberger-FüllerChangedNaschenwengat 72′minutesBooked in 90 minutes
  • 9On Zadrazi
  • 10Feiersinger
  • 8DunstBooked in 85 minutes
  • 15BillaChangedLay downat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Naschenweng
  • 4Degen
  • 5Schasching
  • 6Schiechtl
  • 11Schnaderbeck
  • 13Kirchberger
  • 14Höbinger
  • 16Eder
  • 20Lay down
  • 21Creche
  • 22Enzinger
  • 23Pal

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