'Ruthless' England mentality helped Lionesses to reach Euro 2022 semi-finals, says Millie Bright

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England's Euro 2022 journey endured its first hurdle on Wednesday night, when the Lionesses were pitted against a well-drilled Spain side. After a nervy first half, Spain took the lead through Esther Gonzalez in the 55th minute. Not only was it the first time England had been behind in the tournament, but it was the first time that Sarina Wiegman's team had conceded. With the team's mentality and composure put under heaps of pressure, England managed to draw level with just six minutes remaining via Ella Toone, taking the game into extra-time. Just six minutes in, Bayern Munich's Georgia Stanway unleashed a venomous shot into the top corner to give England the lead. The Lionesses then showed their grit and determination in the closing minutes to see out the game and book their spot in the semi-finals.

"I think that everyone can see the talent of the Spanish team and can see what they have to offer in the game and we knew that we wouldn't have the ball that much," Bright, who was voted player of the match, said after the win. "I think our mentality to stay ruthless throughout every minute of the game was unbelievable and I think we showed what we were about." Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman returned to the dugout for the clash having missed the final group game against Northern Ireland after testing positive for Covid-19. It was only confirmed that Wiegman would be in the dugout in the afternoon of the quarter-final, and she admitted the emotions were running high after the match. "I think I went a little crazy," the head coach admitted. "I was so happy, of course you try to stay calm but this was so close and was such a close game that could go both ways all the time, so I was so happy that we won."

She added: "I think we showed resilience so we went behind and then from the 80th minute we changed a little shape and we scored a goal real quickly so we could go back to the shape and in extra time in the moment that we scored we were a little better, we were a little fresher. "For the fans in the stadium and for the people watching on TV it was an incredible game and also for the fans in the stadium, they were so behind us it was really incredible to experience."

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