Sports | Women’s Euro: England crush Sweden and play the final

Sheffield (UK) – Despite a turbulent start to the match, England beat Sweden (4-0) on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the European Women’s Football Championship 2020, which will play the final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, against France or Germany.

Any outcome other than that would likely be considered a failure, but under the leadership of Sarina Wegmann, who has yet to be beaten in the Euros or because she is at the helm of the “Lionesses”, the host country will go to the end of the summer’s tale.

If we often highlight the attention to detail and meticulousness of the 52-year-old technician, already capped 5 years ago with Holland at home, the presentation shows all the space left for pure talent, improvisation, and even a part of the madness in this the team.

“Obviously I’m very proud. The team found the solution again when we didn’t start well,” she praised her players at a press conference.

The second country in the FIFA world rankings, Sweden can only regret their new lack of realism that has already forced them to wait for extra time to strike against Belgium, in the quarter (1-0).

It must be said that the Swedes faced Marie Earps, in cages, whose talent was shown only occasionally before, as the English defense was strict.

In the first slightly tense minutes of the English, who have been eliminated every time in the semi-finals in the last three major competitions, it was a rock blocking with her foot a shot from Sofia Jacobson (first), and then another, with rebounds, Stena Blackstenius (8).

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In the ensuing corner, Imperial was not in the air and was saved by the crossbar with a header from Blackstenius, but the Manchester United goalkeeper upset the Swede again with an acrobatic blocking (65th place).

“For 25 minutes, I thought we had a lot of chances, we were the closest to opening the scoring (…) scoring first would have changed the game,” said Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson.

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The Arsenal player perfectly symbolizes Sweden’s impotence with her 11 shots on target – a competition record at the moment – for one small goal.

England, which had already blown Norway (8-0) in pool, has maintained its clinical efficacy.

Practically in her first opportunity, a superb cross pass from Lucy Bronze to Beth Mead, the striker opened the scoring after controlling and half a pivotal ball (1-0, 34).

With this sixth goal in the competition – to which we can add 2 assists in this match, 5 in total – Mead equaled the player record during the Euro Championship, established by German Inka Grings in 2009.

A bronze header, left alone in the far corner of the corner, allowed the English to break past the locker room (2-0, 48) and completely free the players.

Alicia Russo scored the goal of “Super-Spob” (super substitute), after she tripped over Hedvig Lindahl, with a back heel that passed between the goalkeeper’s legs (3-0, 68). It was already Rousseau’s fourth goal with 4 shots on target, although no match had started.

Fran Kirby also went there, just before he was substituted, with an undisciplined ball that didn’t slow enough Lindahl (4-0, 76).

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With 20 goals in 5 matches, it’s hard to imagine who could stop the English scoring machine, especially since they only conceded one at the same time.

Neither the French nor the Germans will get much of the three days of rest between the semi-final, Wednesday, at Milton Keynes, and the final at Wembley to try and find a plan.

The identity of the opponent, Wegman “does not care.” She emphasized that the final, which would set a new record for the audience for a women’s Euro match, would in any case be a “worship match”.

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