England will tackle Sweden in the primary semi-final at Euro 2022 this evening but are prone to face their hardest test yet of their efforts to achieve this weekend’s all-important final at Wembley. The Lionesses have breezed through the overwhelming majority of the tournament to date but needed extra-time to defeat Spain of their most up-to-date outing within the quarter-finals.
Ella Toone’s late equaliser and Georgia Stanway’s extra-time winner helped England to seal a remarkable comeback victory against Spain after initially going a goal behind just before the hour mark. Sarina Weigman’s side will probably be hoping to get the job done in 90 minutes against Sweden this evening but could face a similarly tricky task in downing their next opponents, who’re the highest-ranked team left at Euro 2022.
Sweden have won three of their last 4 Women’s Euro matches against England and today’s fixture at Bramall Lane will represent their first meeting within the competition since 2009, when the 2 sides played out a rating draw within the group stages. Weigman has already urged her Lionesses stars to interrupt their duck against Sweden on the very next opportunity with a view to proceed their stunning run at this yr’s tournament and provides themselves an elusive shot at continental glory at Wembley later this week.
“We’re within the now, all the main focus is on our game tomorrow against Sweden, and that’s the one thing we discuss,” the England boss told reporters on Monday.
“How do we wish to play, how we collaborate as a team, how we are able to try to take advantage of their weaknesses, take out their strengths and use our own strengths. That’s the one thing we’re talking about.
“I feel it’s going to be a really tight game. We all know they’ve performed very well over the past years, they’ve at all times performed very well in the ladies’s game, they’re number two within the FIFA rankings.
“It’s going to be a difficult game. I feel totally different to what we had against Spain, because they’ve a unique form of play, but we’re prepared.”
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