Brentford (UK) – In a match rich in chances and shots on the rolls, Germany, less dominant than they were in the first round, ended up defeating Austria on Thursday in the Women’s European Football Championship quarter-finals (2-0), in Brentford.
It will play next Wednesday in Milton Keynes, France, or the Dutch title holder, who will meet Saturday in Rotherham.
“It’s good, we’re proud” of this first semi-final in a major competition since 2016, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said immediately after the match.
“But we want to win this game no matter what happens in front of us. We know it will be a big challenge but we will give everything again.”
Before the match, the most likely scenario was that Austria teetered against a dominant Germany, but it couldn’t have been more wrong.
Perhaps we forget that Erin Foreman’s players actually caused problems for England in the closing minutes of the opening match and deservedly beat Norway (1-0), which opened the doors for them.
5 years ago, with seven holders playing in the “Frauen-Bundesliga”, plus two at Arsenal, the vice-champions of England, the Austrians rocked the beautiful Germanic machine.
“We put in a good performance against a world-class competitor. We stood up to him, in stages until we managed to dominate and create chances,” said Erin Foreman, a coach who despite everything we described as bitter after the elimination.
They deserved the lead with a header on Marina Georgieva’s goal just a quarter of an hour before, the first of three that cost them dearly.
In the second half, it was Barbara Dunst who found the crossbar by trying to hit Eintracht Frankfurt’s teammate, Merle Frohms, from over 25m (53), before Sarah Bontigam, a player from Cologne, found the post four minutes later. .
– Qualification worth warning –
But the timeless adage of Gary Lineker that football is a game played 11-11 and that the Germans win in the end clearly applies to women as well.
The Germans found the error at their first opportunity.
After the pressure created by Alexandra Pope, goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger put the disaster away and on the second ball, Laura Wenrother’s team was long behind, allowing Clara Ball to escape and cross.
Bob cleverly erased herself as Lina Magul who arrived and opened the scoring with ease (1-0, 25).
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg couldn’t be happier with the doubles, Giulia Gwinn, sent by Bühl, seeing her low shot saved from the right post (46), before Bühl found herself over the bar (78).
Bühl, alone in front of the open goal, inexplicably missed the goal 9 minutes before the end of the regulatory time, but the release finally came with a goal gag, as Bob blocked Zinsberger’s applause to score his fourth goal in 4 matches in the competition.
Thus, German qualification is certainly not broken. But it has cautionary value for the eight-time European champion, and could provide ideas for the Blues or the Orangemen next Wednesday.
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