At Old Trafford, hosts England held the three points in the opening match of the European Championship. The English had a small surplus against Austria. The early target of Beth Mead was sufficient.
England and Austria in a nutshell
- important moment: In the 16th minute, Fran Kirby freed Beth Mead in the penalty area with a superb pass. The striker comes alone in front of goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger and ends the game calmly. It will become the winning goal.
- lady of the match: In a match with one goal you quickly reach the top scorer. Beth Mead sealed the match with a gentle header and gave England the start of their dream in this European Championship.
- noticeableEngland and Austria played the opening match of the European Football Championship at Old Trafford. With 68,000 spectators, it was immediately a European Championship record. This created an interesting atmosphere during the match.
Hovering at Old Trafford propels England to victory
Hosts England and Austria finished the opening match of the European Championship at Old Trafford. He created that necessary atmosphere that made England so happy in the opening stage.
Then Austria impatiently started, but could not surprise the host country. It didn’t take long for the lionesses to wake up to find their rhythm.
It soon became clear that tournament top scorer Eileen White often had to be the final stop for any event, but the opening goal didn’t come from her.
In the 16th minute, Beth Mead scored 1-0. After a poor ban for Austria, the ball ended with Fran Kirby putting Mead alone in front of goal. The striker had good control and hit the ball over goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger. Karina Weininger tried to get away, but she came too late.
At the end of the first half, Austria got away well, because once again it was Kirby who could only put an English striker in front of goal. Zinsberger was now able to stop Lauren Hemp’s shot.
Austria could not play football in the first half, but in the second half it jeopardized England’s lead. Barbara Dunst, for example, came close to equalizing with a gentle pass, but goalkeeper Mary Earps kept a clean sheet.
Julia Heckelsberger also tried again with a long shot, but again it was Erbs who stopped the equalizer. Despite the difficulty of the second half, the English held out. They begin their mission in the European Championship with three pointers.
Feedback after England and Austria:
Georgia Stanway (England): “Austria challenged us today.
We fought well. We had to go deep into the recording. Now we need to transfer speed. We still have a lot of work to do. It’s great to win the first game, and that’s an advantage. This gives us good courage for the upcoming matches.”
Erin Fuhrmann (Austria coach): “The crowd was respectful. The players showed they could handle this atmosphere well, but we are disappointed that we didn’t take any points. In the first half we lacked speed in attack and didn’t look for spaces. We played against a big team. They can only score once, This gives us confidence.”
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