As we gear up for the second quarter-final of this groundbreaking tournament, let’s have a quick recap of the first.
England pulled off a comeback against an impressive Spanish side to win 2-1 in extra-time. The reactions from both camps have been interesting to follow today so I’ll leave these pieces below so you can have a look yourselves:
Irene Fuhrmann knows what her side need to do to beat Germany – have the perfect game.
“They barely have any weaknesses, they have such a good squad,” she said. “If we want to win tomorrow, we will need an absolutely great performance.”
The team reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Euros and their impressive run this year means other teams will be wary of them.
“It’s clear that we won’t be underestimated now but I think we have definitely developed, especially in possession,” said Fuhrmann, who stepped up from the assistant coach role two years ago. “We are more courageous, more confident and still have the same qualities as in 2017. We are still a group and have this absolute will, whatever the score is, to go until the last minute. That is the recipe for success.”
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Alexandra Popp has been Germany’s standout star of Euro 2022. She became the second player ever, after Beth Mead, to score in each group game.
She started the tournament on the bench but has earned a spot in the starting team, which continues this evening. Will she further her scoring tally? She needs two more to equal Mead’s scores and so three will put her at the top of the Golden Boot standings.
Both teams have made changes but it is Austria who have kept the most consistency.
They have made just one change with Georgieva coming in for Schnaderbeck, who has been carrying an injury.
Austria starting XI: Zinsberger; Wienrother, Wenninger, Georgieva, Hanshaw; Hickelsberger, Puntigam, Feiersinger, Zadrazil; Dunst, Billa
Germany, meanwhile, have made four changes with Hendrich, Oberdorf, Rauch and Magull in the starting line-up.
Germany starting XI: Frohms; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Magull, Dabritz, Oberdorf; Huth, Popp, Buhl
Welcome to the second quarter-final of the Euro 2022 tournament and what a match we are going to be treated to.
Germany v Austria promises to be a thriller. The latter will head into the match as favourites, their Euros history and form in this competition is clear evidence as to why. With England conceding a goal against Spain last night, Germany are the last team in the tournament not to concede a goal. But Austria’s Nicole Billa will be thundering shots to try and break that statistic.
Billa knocked Norway out of the competition last Friday with an impressive header to cause a huge upset. Austria will be aiming to be the same this evening and if their defence continues to be the iron wall it was in the group stage they could secure a semi spot.
Austria only conceded one goal in the groups and remain the only team to hold England to just one goal. But if any team are going to rattle Irene Fuhrmann’s team it’s Germany.
All the action in this quarter-final will begin at 8pm BST and the team news is up so stay tuned …