English women continue to talk about the European Championship in their country. In the semi-final against Sweden the score was 4-0 for the “Lionesses”, who reached the final with 20 goals and one goal conceded in five matches. Strong numbers.
England started this European Championship with a frugal 1-0 victory over Austria, but then struggled against Norway (8-0) and Northern Ireland (0-5). In the quarter-finals, Spain went 2-1 for the ax.
The semi-final against Sweden promised to be another test. Sweden is second in the FIFA rankings, but they had a tough time against Red Flames in the quarter-finals. Only in injury time did the Scandinavian women score (1-0).
Sweden scored almost immediately against England on Tuesday night. Barely twenty seconds later, Stina Blackstenius came in front of goal on her own, but England goalkeeper Mary Herbs boasted a pleasant foot reaction.
The 29-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper kept a superb goal throughout the match and the English strikers did their job too. Ten minutes before the end of the first half, Bethany Meade gave the English lead with their sixth goal already in this tournament. Immediately after the break, Lucy Bronze made it 2-0 after a corner kick with a good header.
Sweden still had chances to score the connecting goal, but in the 68th minute came a brilliant moment from substitute Alicia Russo. The Manchester United striker initially did not get past the Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and then decided to come out with a heel on the counter. The ball went between Lindahl’s legs, 3-0. Great goal and game over. Fifteen minutes before the end, Francesca Kirby scored 4-0.
The second semi-final match will be between Germany and France on Wednesday. The winner of that match will face England in the final next Sunday.
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