England 2-1 Spain LIVE! Women’s Euro 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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England 2-1 Spain LIVE! Women’s Euro 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

England vs Spain - LIVE!

England kept their Euro 2022 dream alive with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over Spain to reach the semi-finals.

In their toughest test to date, the Lionesses struggled to find the form shown throughout their record-breaking group stage performances and conceded for the first time in the tournament, as Esther Gonzalez broke the deadlock shortly after the break.

Roared on by a raucous Amex Stadium crowd, England initially struggled for a response and looked set to be knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage. But Ella Toone struck late on to equalise and send it to extra-time, where Georgia Stanway scored with a stunning long-range strike to send the Lionesses into the last four.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Quarter-Final): England vs Spain

Next up for England will be a semi-final clash against either Sweden or Belgium on Tuesday night, with Sarina Wiegman’s side firm favourites to go all the way on home soil.

England vs Spain latest news

  • GOAL! Stanway with extra-time screamer

  • GOAL! Toone volleys late equaliser

  • GOAL! Gonzalez puts Spain in front

  • OFFSIDE! White strike ruled out

England 2 - 1 Spain

Match analysis

Wednesday 20 July 2022 23:28 , Matt Verri

England reached the semi-finals of the women’s European Championship with a stirring 2-1 comeback win over Spain after extra-time, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Substitute Ella Toone equalised six minutes from time and Georgia Stanway struck a brilliant 96th-minute winner to set up a last-four meeting with Sweden or Belgium in Sheffield next week.

It felt like a landmark victory for the Lionesses, which should capture the country’s imagination and further accelerate the growth of the women’s game.

Read the full story!


Unbeaten record maintained

Wednesday 20 July 2022 23:07 , Matt Verri

Sarina Wiegman is yet to taste defeat as an England manager!

Fell behind today for the first time in a competitive match... response was an impressive one from her side.

Sweeeeeeeet Caroline!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:59 , Matt Verri

Stirring comeback!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:53 , Matt Verri

England player ratings

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:49 , Matt Verri

Lucy Bronze 7

Usually such a weapon in attack but she couldn’t really get forward tonight. Was solid enough defensively, though, with Spain not having joy down her side.

Millie Bright 9 | Star player

Bright has had a brilliant tournament and she had another excellent game tonight. Won every header that came her way and cleared one off the line too.

Leah Williamson 7

Like Bright beside her she had a good game. Was solid in the air and tackle, and carried the ball well out of defence too when she could.

Read them in full!


England march on!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:43 , Matt Verri

FT: England 2-1 Spain

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:35 , Matt Verri


Sensational from the Lionesses, they had to dig so deep! Huge celebrations from Wiegman on the touchline.

Sweden or Belgium next up.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:34 , Matt Verri

120+3 mins: Ball launched forward, through to Earps and she flops to the ground.

That should be that!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:33 , Matt Verri

120+2 mins: Greenwood stoops down low to head the ball away, knowing it will win a free-kick for her side and it does just that as the high boot comes in.

Scott quickly across to act as bodyguard, Spanish players not impressed with Greenwood.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:31 , Matt Verri

120 mins: Corner Spain, goalkeeper is up! Here we go.

Earps comes, gets nowhere near it... Sarriegi shanks it over the bar. Let-off for England, that wasn’t particularly well defended.

Four minutes added on!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:30 , Matt Verri

119 mins: Greenwood earns England’s first yellow card of the tournament. Time wasting is her crime... England won’t care one bit.

Bronze hammers the ball away, more up than away though. Spain come again.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:29 , Matt Verri

118 mins: Not much in the way of a shape for England now beyond ‘everyone back immediately’.

Toone is a bit further forward, she’s unable to hold the ball up. Fortunately for England they have a throw-in as Spain send it straight out of play.

And Kelly now wins yet another cheap free-kick.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:27 , Matt Verri

116 mins: Walsh limps off, doesn’t look particularly at comfortable. At first it appeared to be cramp but the way she’s moving isn’t particularly positive, have to hope it is just cramp.

Scott on in her place, while Parris is also on to replace Hemp.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:25 , Matt Verri

114 mins: Russo’s turn to get her body in the way and draw a foul. And now Walsh has cramp - all the tricks coming out from England.

Spain not impressed... they were doing exactly the same though in normal time before Toone’s equaliser.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:22 , Matt Verri

111 mins: Becoming increasingly desperate from England at the back. Ball loops up to the back post as Bright wins the header, volleyed away.

Bronze then wins it, plays it forward to Kelly and she wins a cheap free-kick. Just what was needed.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:20 , Matt Verri

108 mins: Greenwood tries a clever reverse pass, too much on it though. Spain get the ball back.

Not sure they’ll be following England’s lead and moving a centre-back up front to launch the ball forward to.

Almost don’t need to, Sarriegi does incredibly well to bring the ball down and find space for the shot. Bright blocks it.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:17 , Matt Verri

106 mins: Big chance seconds after the restart!

Greenwood gets caught, Garcia past her and lays it back to Bonmati. Onto her left foot, on the stretch and she sends it well wide. Really good opportunity for Spain.

Back underway!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:16 , Matt Verri

Up and running again at the Amex...

HT: England 2-1 Spain

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:13 , Matt Verri

And that’s half-time in extra-time. England 15 minutes away from the semi-finals.

It’s going to feel like a lot longer for the Lionesses!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:11 , Matt Verri

104 mins: Sarriegi tries her luck from just outside the box, just wide. Took a slight deflection, corner for Spain.

Cleared one, twice... and a third time! It’s coming back fom Spain though, Aleixandri wins the header but it’s comfortably wide.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:09 , Matt Verri

101 mins: Ball bouncing in the England box, Sarriegi is interested. Whistle goes though for handball, very welcome whistle too for the Lionesses.

Going to be a very nervy conclusion to this match!

How good!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:06 , Matt Verri

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:06 , Matt Verri

99 mins: Immediate reaction from Spain, they’re piling forward again. “It’s coming home” rings around the Amex - let’s wait 21 minutes for that.

Low ball into the box from Del Castillo, Earps claims it.

GOAL! England 2-1 Spain | Georgia Stanway 96'

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:04 , Matt Verri


England are ahead and in serious style! Stanway has space to drive into and she does just that.

Hemp open to her right, that draws Stanway a bit more room and she hammers an effort into the far corner from outside the box. Sensational!

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:03 , Matt Verri

All four of England subs, including Alex Greenwood, have been excellent. We’ve banged on about the Lionesses’ strength in depth and we are seeing it now.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 22:02 , Matt Verri

94 mins: Bonmati shrugs off a couple of challenges, does well to keep the ball. Spanish bench continue to be unhappy with some of the decisions coming from the referee.

Russo chasing everything up front, making it so difficult for the Spanish defence.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:59 , Matt Verri

92 mins: Sublime pass from Walsh through to Hemp, who is unlucky. Low ball into the box bounces back off her and behind for a goal-kick.

Walsh took out about four defenders with that ball.

Back underway!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:57 , Matt Verri

Extra-time has begun at the Amex. England looking to keep the momentum they had at the end of the 90 minutes going.

A massive moment!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:54 , Matt Verri

FT: England 1-1 Spain

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:52 , Matt Verri

We’re going to extra-time!

Breathless conclusion to the 90 minutes, England got their equaliser and then continued to look the most likely to win it.

All to play for.


Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:51 , Matt Verri

90+4 mins: Well well well. Kelly keeps the ball in play, her cross is blocked behind for a corner. One last chance for England to win it in normal time. Amex crowd responds.

It will be Kelly to take. Drilled in low to the near post, hammered away.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:49 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Spain barely getting a kick now, they’ll be delighted to just get through to extra-time now. Russo making a real nuisance of herself up front.

Looks like we are heading for another 30 minutes...

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:47 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Five minutes added on.

Plenty of time for someone to be a hero at the Amex!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:47 , Matt Verri

89 mins: Russo looks to have been shoved to the ground just outside the box, nothing given though.

Bronze puts it back into the box, flag up against Hemp. Chaotic closing minutes!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:44 , Matt Verri

87 mins: Bright’s brief spell up front, she’s back in defence now. Greenwood over to left-back.

England sensing the moment, keeping the pressure on. Three minutes to find a goal and stop this going to extra-time.

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:42 , Matt Verri

What a noise at the Amex. This is what the FA wanted when they won the rights to host this tournament.

GOAL! England 1-1 Spain | Ella Toone 84'

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:41 , Matt Verri


Massive goal for the Lionesses! Nothing pretty about it but who cares. Ball swung into the box, Russo wins the initial header and Toone is there to bundle it home from close range.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:40 , Matt Verri

82 mins: Daly off, Greenwood on. Feel like that’s a good decision. Bright has been told to go up front! Got to go for it now.

Will just be three across the backline for the Lionesses.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:37 , Matt Verri

80 mins: Brilliant footwork from Bonmati, Bronze caught out trying to let the ball go behind for a corner. England look tired, Spain full of energy.

Running the clock down well, England with ten minutes to find an equaliser. They’re struggling to find the ball at the moment.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:35 , Matt Verri

78 mins: Kelly does well to turn out of trouble but then loses the ball cheaply. Flies back to try and make up for it, lunges into a poor challenge. Free-kick Spain and they are in no rush to take it.

Eventually it’s launched into the England box, pinball and the Lionesses somehow survive. Rolls behind for a corner.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:33 , Matt Verri

76 mins: One shot, two shots, three shots... Spain survive!

Chaos in the box. Stanway and Toone both see their efforts blocked, before Hemp fires over the bar as she loses her balance. Better from the Lionesses though.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:31 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Daly is having an absolute nightmare against Del Castillo. Left on the floor after a sublime nutmeg from the Spanish forward, cut back doesn’t find a red shirt this time.

Wiegman might have to do something about this, Daly can’t cope.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:29 , Matt Verri

71 mins: Russo gives away a free-kick, she’s not really sure what for. Frustrations starting to grow for the Lionesses, still 20 minutes left though.

Bronze then tries to keep the ball in play, can’t do so.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:26 , Matt Verri

69 mins: Kelly’s cross blocked behind, England corner. She takes it herself, really good delivery and it’s punched away. Take two with the corner.

Russo very nearly gets on the end of it, well headed away though. Spain holding firm.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:25 , Matt Verri

There will inevitably be questions about Wiegman’s decision to name an unchanged side against Northern Ireland if England cannot find a way back into this match.

Beth Mead, the tournament’s top scorer, was barely in the game tonight. Did she need to play 90 minutes on Friday?

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:24 , Matt Verri

67 mins: Daly looks to make up for her earlier error, as she combines with Walsh.

Drives onto her right foot, goes for goal from distance. Catches it decently enough but the shot is straight at Panos. England’s first shot on target of the match.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:22 , Matt Verri

65 mins: BIG SAVE!

Something between a shot or a cross, flies towards the far corner and Earps does brilliantly to claw it away.

Del Castillo is all over Daly, England full-back really struggling.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:20 , Matt Verri

63 mins: Corner for England, comes to nothing. Spain have binned off passing out from the back from goal-kicks, not wanting to give England anything.

Walsh dinks a lovely ball over the top, Hemp makes a great run but she can’t catch up with it.

Another England sub. Toone on, Kirby off.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:18 , Matt Verri

60 mins: Kirby wins a free-kick out wide, Hemp will whip it into the box. Poor ball, headed away at the near post. Not what was required.

Long ball into the box, Hemp goes down and wants a penalty... free-kick the other way! It was messy, fell to Hemp and it looks to be a very good case for a penalty.

Not sure how it’s a free-kick to Spain.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:15 , Matt Verri

58 mins: Still plenty of time for England but the bigger concern will be that they’ve been second best pretty much all night.

Two changes from the Lionesses. Mead and White off, Kelly and Russo on.

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:13 , Matt Verri

England have never been behind in a competitive match under Wiegman. We are about to find out what they’re made of.

GOAL! England 0-1 Spain | Esther Gonzalez 54'

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:12 , Matt Verri


It’s deserved, you’d have to say. Another lovely move. Ball worked out to the right, Del Castillo beats Daly to it and she’s into the box.

Cut back perfectly to Gonzalez, who makes no mistake.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:10 , Matt Verri

53 mins: File this under ‘ambitious’.

Bonmati cuts infield, goes for goal from 25 yards out. Just about reaches Earps in the England goal.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:08 , Matt Verri

51 mins: Williamson calm at the back, chips a ball forward and Hemp gets her body in the way to draw the foul.

That’s not so good though, Hemp gives it away cheaply and the Spanish machine in possession is up and running again.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:06 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Much better already from England. Low ball drilled into the box, White doesn’t make great contact and the shot bobbles wide.

She’s miles offside though, made her run really early.

Needs must...

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:05 , Matt Verri

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:04 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Positive start after the break from England, Mead back on the right wing and she wins an early free-kick. Start the slow claps.

Play briefly paused, protester on the pitch but they’ve been swiftly removed.

Eventually it’s swung in, almost falls for Williamson at the back post but the whistle has gone for a free-kick for Spain.

Back underway!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 21:02 , Matt Verri

Here we go for the second-half.

Cardona off for Spain, Castillo on in her place.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:59 , Matt Verri

Spain with more possession as you’d expect. Six shots too - England managed just one.

Lionesses might have to turn to some fresh legs soon, with the likes of Toone and Russo waiting to be introduced.

Always check for a flag...

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:50 , Matt Verri

HT: England 0-0 Spain

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:47 , Matt Verri

And that’s half-time, goalless in this Euro 2022 quarter-final.

Spain the better side overall, but England very nearly took the lead late in the half. White denied by the offside flag.

Right in the balance after 45 minutes.

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:45 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Mapi Leon into the book, first yellow card of the match. She somehow has the audacity to complain.

England breaking free with numbers, Stanway knocks it past her into space and she’s brought down. Nothing to moan about there.

One minute added on.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:43 , Matt Verri

43 mins: So good from Spain, pass their way through England’s press and they are away.

They look really comfortable going forward, but definitely vulnerable signs in defence. They’re content to just keep the ball for now.

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:41 , Matt Verri

That disallowed goal has sparked England into life. They’re finally playing with some tempo and purpose, getting Mead and Hemp into the game. They don’t want half-time.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:40 , Matt Verri

40 mins: Chance! All England now. Mead and Kirby combine nicely, before it comes back to Daly.

Whips the cross in from deep, over White’s head and Hemp is there behind her. Can’t direct the header at all, well wide.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:39 , Matt Verri

39 mins: That has given England a boost, they’re putting the pressure on now. Bronze with a brilliant run, Spain defend it well though and force the Lionesses to turn back.

England having their best spell for a long while.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:38 , Matt Verri

Offside it is, Spain survive.

Encouragement for England though, out of nothing they very nearly took the lead.


Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:37 , Matt Verri

That helps, Mead wins a cheap free-kick out on the left wing. Up come the defenders again.

Great delivery, bobbles around in the box... White hammers it in from close range! But the offside flag is up!

Bronze was definitely offside but did she interfere with play? Time for a VAR check.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:35 , Matt Verri

35 mins: White with a good flick-on, Hemp doesn’t anticipate it though and Panos can come off her line to claim.

England could do with a sustained spell of possession, haven’t really been in the game for the last 15 minutes.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:32 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Bronze charges down a cross, behind for a Spain corner.

Good from Earps once again, punches it out to the edge of the box. Shot comes in from Bonmati but it’s miles over the bar.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:30 , Matt Verri

Spain are clearly the better side technically and, as widely predicted, the big question is clearly whether they can convert possession into chances. A few warnings for England so far but Sarina Wiegman shouldn’t be unduly concerned.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:30 , Matt Verri

30 mins: Caldentey has been absolutely brilliant in the opening half an hour.

She combines superbly with Gonzalez, gets to the byline and goes down as Bright moves across to close her down. Never getting a penalty for that, it’s fair to say.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:29 , Matt Verri

28 mins: Better from England, keep their nerve at the back as they play it out under pressure. Hemp flicks a long ball on, White puts pressure on the Spanish defence and England get possession back.

Brief excitement as Panos clears her lines and leaves the goal completely empty. Nobody there to try their luck in an England shirt.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:26 , Matt Verri

26 mins: Hemp over to the right wing now, swapped with Mead. Been a quiet start from the pair, as it has for White and Kirby. Haven’t seen the ball at all really.

Not much in the way of chances for either side but it’s been an entertaining watch.

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:24 , Matt Verri

Wiegman has marched out to her technical area a few times now, clearly not happy with certain aspects of England’s start. Spain growing with confidence as the half wears on.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:23 , Matt Verri

23 mins: Spain very much on top at the moment. Comes down the right wing this time, ball pulled back but Williamson is there to block the shot. Another corner for Spain.

Everyone in the six-yard box, but the ball somehow finds room to fly through to Earps.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:21 , Matt Verri

20 mins: Flat to the near post this time, Guijarro gets across Walsh and flicks the ball on. Too much on it though and straight out for a goal-kick.

Wiegman animated on the touchline, wants a bit more from her side.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:19 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Bright across and concedes the corner. Decent ball in, deep to the back post. Bounces free and Daly is there to clear the danger, gets clattered in the process.

Spain will get another chance to put the ball in though, Mead dives in on Caldentey and buys a free-kick.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:18 , Matt Verri

After a promising start from Spain, England are starting to assert some dominance and are pegging the visitors in their own half. Spain are trying their familiar passing triangles but struggling to get out.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:17 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Nice move from Spain, ball pinged out to Caldentey on the left.

Cuts inside onto her right foot, Mead can’t close her down in time. Shot comes in from 25 yards out, straight at Earps though and it’s a comfortable save.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:16 , Matt Verri

15 mins: Daly has already made a couple of really important interceptions, reading the game well. Hemp then holds the ball up and gets bundled over by Batlle. Definite foul.

Good battle on the left wing between those two.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:13 , Matt Verri

13 mins: England growing into this match, starting to take real control of possession. Lovely build-up, Mead turns into space and goes down. Doesn’t get the decision.

She’s then shoved to ground seconds later - plenty of intensity from both sides.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:10 , Matt Verri

10 mins: Mead wins a free-kick out wide for England, up come the defenders.

It’s a brilliant ball in from the Arsenal forward, absolutely perfect. White in a lot of space, sends the header wide. Offside flag goes up but it would have counted... replays show she was onside.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:07 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Daly looks to play the ball back to Williamson, gets it wrong as she’s pressed down and sends it straight out for a corner. Sloppy from the full-back.

Leon swings the cross in, free header... nearly! Spain very nearly take the lead, Cardona not far away from turning that in at the back post.

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:06 , Matt Verri

A cracking atmosphere at the Amex. I think this might be the ‘sweet spot’ for crowd size. Packed out, fans fully engaged and making a hell of a racket.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:05 , Matt Verri

5 mins: Bronze with her first break up the right flank, powerful as ever. One-two with Mead doesn’t come off though, Carmona can win it back for Spain.

Walsh getting very little time on the ball in the middle of the park for the Lionesses, Spain know they need to keep her quiet.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:03 , Matt Verri

3 mins: Ball worked wide to the left wing by Spain where Carmona has all sorts of space.

Floats a cross to the back post, Earps off her line to claim under pressure from Cardona. Really good goalkeeping.

Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:02 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Three seconds in and White is down on the floor. She’s sprinted up and charged down a long ball forward straight from kick-off... with her arm. Disguised nicely with the fall to the ground.

Spain seeing plenty of the ball in the opening moments, as you’d expect. England will be ready to break when the chance comes.


Wednesday 20 July 2022 20:00 , Matt Verri

Underway at the Amex - England or Spain in the Euro 2022 semi-finals?

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:56 , Matt Verri

Players out, anthems done.

We are ready to get this quarter-final up and running!

Five minute warning

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:53 , Matt Verri

Not long now!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:48 , Matt Verri

Just under ten minutes to go until kick-off now!

Been a smooth ride for England so far on home soil, but it’s an absolutely huge night. Victory and they’ll cement themselves as tournament favourites, defeat and the dream is over.

All on the line.

Bit cooler at the Amex...

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:41 , Matt Verri

Less oppressive heat in the UK tonight than in recent days, which will be a relief to the players.

Still wouldn’t say it will take much of the warm-up to get warm... if any.

Bronze: England ready to compete

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:34 , Matt Verri

Lucy Bronze has thrown down the gauntlet by declaring England are ready for their rivals wanting to knock them off their perch.

England cruised through the group stages, winning all three of their games and scoring 14 unanswered goals, and they are now the favourites to win the tournament.

The Lionesses are comfortable in their role as favourites and the fact they have a target on their backs now.

And Bronze believes fellow contenders to win the Euros, such as tonight’s opponents Spain, now fear England after they sent out a message of intent during the group stages.

Read the full story!

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Simon Collings at the Amex

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:26 , Matt Verri

Spain stick to principles

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:17 , Matt Verri

Expectation and precedent demanded very different things of Spain heading into this European Championship, writes Malik Ouzia.

The coming force in women’s football, a team laden with the stars of Barcelona were touted as pre-tournament favourites, yet had failed to get beyond the quarter-finals in the last two Euros and have never even been that far in a World Cup.

After a challenging group stage, those facets are more closely aligned, as much as anything because of events either side of it: the ACL injury suffered by the world’s best player, Alexia Putellas, and in-form hosts England now standing between Spain and a first semi-final since their sole appearance at that stage 25 years ago.

Read the full story!

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Wiegman is back!

Wednesday 20 July 2022 19:08 , Matt Verri

England can’t afford any mistakes

Wednesday 20 July 2022 18:59 , Matt Verri

Before a ball was kicked at Euro 2022, it was Spain, not England, who were the favourites to go all the way, writes Simon Collings.

“Now, though, as the sides prepare to meet in the quarter-finals tonight at the Amex, the tables have turned and the Lionesses are the bookmakers’ pick to be holding the trophy aloft at Wembley on July 31.

England’s status as tournament favourites is justified, given they breezed through the group stage with a perfect record, scoring 14 goals and conceding none in the process.

Spain, in contrast, had to settle for second place in Group B after losing to Germany — their first defeat since 2020.

Read the full preview!

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(Getty Images)

Spain team news

Wednesday 20 July 2022 18:51 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Batlle, Paredes, Leon, Carmona; Guijarro, Teresa, Bonmati; Cardona, Esther, Mariona

Wednesday 20 July 2022 18:49 , Matt Verri

Unchanged yet again from England - White keeps her place and Russo has to settle for a spot on the bench.

Mead and Hemp will be looking to keep up their impressive form, while Walsh has been impressive in a typically understated way in midfield.

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