England are awaiting the winners of Wednesday’s conflict between Germany and France and after demolishing Sweden to succeed in the Euro 2022 ultimate.
The hosts swept apart the world’s second-ranked group 4-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday to succeed in their first main girls’s ultimate since 2009.
Tournament high scorer Beth Mead put Sarina Wiegman’s facet on track for Sunday’s Wembley ultimate after 34 minutes earlier than turning supplier for Lucy Bronze to double the lead.
Substitute Alessia Russo added an excellent third with a backheel and Fran Kirby made it 4-0 with a chip late on.
Sweden had began nicely with Stina Blackstenius hitting the bar however the Lionesses finally proved too robust with Lauren Hemp additionally rattling the woodwork.
Wiegman celebrates one other triumph
England coach Sarina Wiegman, who has now received 17 of her 19 matches in cost, believes the world will sit up and take discover of her facet’s gorgeous semi-final efficiency.
“In the second half we totally took over,” stated Wiegman, who additionally guided Holland to success within the Euros 5 years in the past.
“You said are you ready to write history and I think this is a little history.
“This result will go all over Europe and the world. It was such a performance that tomorrow everyone will talk about us.”
Russo displays on ‘naughty’ strike
Russo’s objective attracted loads of remark for its sheer audacity however the participant herself admitted luck was concerned. The Manchester United ahead took an opportunity together with her again to objective after 68 minutes and her effort squirmed via the grasp of Hedvig Lindahl.
She stated: “I was a bit gutted I missed the sitter that Lauren (Hemp) played in, so I thought, ‘I’m going to have to do something about this’. Luckily it fell to me, I thought that was the quickest route to goal so I hit it and hoped.”
Mead, whose earlier strike was her sixth of the match, gave her extra credit score.
Mead stated: “The instinct to backheel it that quickly and through the keeper’s legs was a very naughty goal.”
Germany cautious of France risk
Attention will change to Milton Keynes on Wednesday as Germany and France face one another for the suitable to satisfy England at Wembley.
Germany could have historical past on their facet as eight-time champions however France, on the last-four stage for the primary time, have proved a risk on this match.
Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg stated: “I think everyone saw in the group stages and in the quarter-finals that France have a very strong team who are able to find good solutions to get out of pressure.
“They focus on their play in the transition because they have a lot of pace in their team and direct a lot of their attacking play down the wings.”
France coach Corinne Diacre additionally believes her facet could make an influence.
“My players are confident,” she stated. “My group’s mental attitude was truly exceptional in the quarter-final, because they didn’t let up.”
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Mead has scored six targets and weighed in with an additional 5 assists in her 5 appearances to this point.
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The former England males’s striker, working as a pundit for the BBC, hopes the success of the ladies’s facet helps change attitudes and has a robust legacy for the sport within the nation.
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Semi-final: Germany v France (8pm, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes)