The first spot in the final of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 will be decided on Tuesday when host nation England takes on Sweden. Kickoff from Sheffield is at 3 pm Eastern.
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Georgia Stanway’s goal in the 96th minute gave England a 2-1 win in extra time vs. Spain in the quarterfinals. Defender Linda Sembrant gave Sweden a 1-0 win vs. Belgium in another quarterfinal with a goal in stoppage time at the end of the second half.
What: UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 semifinal.
Who: England vs. Sweden.
When: Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
Time: 3 pm Eastern.
Where: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England (32,050).
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Read some of what the Associated Press wrote after England’s thrilling win in extra time vs. Spain.
Georgia Stanway scored an extra-time winner to seal a 2-1 comeback win for England over Spain on Wednesday and send her team to the semifinals of the Women’s European Championship.
With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Spain left Stanway with space to hit a powerful drive from outside the penalty area which flew past leaping goalkeeper Sandra Paños’ outstretched hand.
Unreal. That just shows the level that we are at, we get a setback and we come back and do it. Job done and focus on the semis,” Stanway told the BBC. “It (the goal) is definitely one to be proud of, I will remember today, we put in a massive, massive shift. We are going to enjoy this moment and then crack on.”
After a first half with few clear chances, Esther González gave Spain the lead in the 54th minute off a smart pass from Athenea Del Castillo. A shake-up by England manager Sarina Wiegman was rewarded in the 84th when two substitutes combined to level the score, Alessia Russo heading a cross on for Ella Toone to volley in.
England will play either Sweden or Belgium on Tuesday in its sixth appearance in the semifinals. England has never won the European title. Spain, which had to play the tournament without injured Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, missed the chance to reach the semifinals for the first time in 25 years.
England struggled from the start with Spain’s smart passing and tough tackling, while winger Del Castillo was a force on the right flank after coming on at halftime. She beat left-back Rachel Daly and cut the ball back for González to knock the ball low past goalkeeper Mary Earps, the first time England had conceded in the tournament.
England coach Sarina Wiegman, back in the stadium after missing the previous game because of a positive COVID-19 test, shook things up by substituting out Ellen White and Beth Mead, who had scored seven goals between them in the group stage, then fellow regular Fran Kirby soon after.
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