How England reached the last

Only one match to go.

90 minutes (or extra) from glory at Wembley.

The place will probably be stuffed with white and crimson, and the environment will probably be completely electrical.

But earlier than that, let’s take a take a look at how the lionesses acquired there:

Toone scored a decisive purpose / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

After a strong group sport, it was time for the lionesses.

It was time to get all the way down to it and grind. And gate is what they did in opposition to a robust Spanish aspect.

Coming into the match, Spain have been one in every of the favourites. Unfortunately accidents hit them with two large gamers pulling out. Alexia Putellas tore her ACL in coaching forward of Spain’s opening sport and Jenni Hermoso had to go away coaching with a knee damage. However, there was nonetheless sufficient expertise within the squad to see them by to the knockout rounds.

It was Spain that might dominate the early exchanges. Their passing sport is up there as among the best on this planet, nevertheless it’s their lack of medical play that has allow them to down time and time once more of late.

However, they managed to silence nearly all of the dwelling crowd when Esther Gonzalez scored.

At that time it felt prefer it was going to be one other so shut but to date fall for England, however they dug in. The crowd quickly rose once more to cheer them on.

Both coaches rolled the cube with their trades with Sarina Wiegman pulling Ellen White, Beth Mead and Fran Kirby. She joined Alessia Russo, Chloe Kelly and Ella Toone to attempt one thing completely different and it labored.

Ella Toone lastly acquired the equalizer within the 84th minute, sending the group into raptures. Extra time adopted and it was a surprise purpose from Georgia Stanway that despatched the followers wild and despatched England into the semi-finals.

The resilience and grit that England followers needed got here by. They by no means thought they have been going out and it confirmed – though the followers could have felt the alternative.

They danced the evening away with “Sweet Caroline” and “Freed From Desire” blasting out.

Willamson had his finest sport of the match in Sheffield/Harriet Lander/GettyImages

Sweden: the one workforce standing between the lionesses and the last.

A workforce they not often beat earlier than.

It began breathlessly with a lot of motion from begin to complete. It was all the time going to be this fashion. Sweden have a incredible document in these tournaments and so they had a incredible interval at the beginning of the primary half.

But it was England who would draw first blood – by who else however Beth Mead, who stepped up to interrupt the impasse and ship the Bramall Lane crowd into raptures.

Mead managed, swung and shot it in.

What a primary half for England and from there it appeared as if Sweden had been rattled.

The second half noticed the Lionesses we’ve got loved watching all through this match and up to now. Recklessness and goal.

It solely took a few minutes earlier than Lucy Bronze headed within the second purpose. VAR checked, however the purpose stood.

The Lionesses appeared to get bolder from there as the subsequent two targets have been merely outrageous.

First it was Alessia Russo who had simply entered. Her shot, arrange by Fran Kirby, was saved however then she confirmed unimaginable composure in Nutmeg and backhanded the ball by Hedvig Lindahl’s legs and into the web. The subsequent purpose was scored by Kirby himself. She is having the match of her life and her earlier expertise with Lindahl paid dividends right here. She went for the chip and as Lindahl acquired her fingertips to it, the wager floated in.

So the lionesses are on the verge of glory. A match faraway from their names within the historical past books eternally.

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