A surprising Georgia Stanway strike noticed England come from a aim all the way down to seal their place within the Euro 2022 semi-finals with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Spain.
The Lionesses had trailed till the 84th minute after Esther Gonzalez had given Spain the lead shortly after the break, earlier than Ella Toone popped up with a late equalizer to ship the recreation into time beyond regulation.
Stanway then produced a second of pure brilliance to e book England’s place in a fourth straight main match semi-final.
Ahead of the recreation, there was concern over whether or not both facet would negotiate their ball-playing rules, and it was Spain who noticed extra possession and territory in the primary interval. Fullbacks Ona Batlle and Olga Carmona did a notably efficient job of pinning the normally harmful Beth Mead and Lauren Hemp again in their very own half.
But La Roja had been starved of clear alternatives; Mariona Caldentey’s effort from the sting of the field straight into the arms of Mary Earps was both facet’s solely shot on track within the opening 45.
England step by step grew into the recreation, and Ellen White had the ball at the back of the online 10 minutes earlier than the break, collected the aftermath of a hemp fastball and slammed residence, however the aim was dominated out for offside.
Finally discovering a means via the Spanish again line appeared to roar the Lionesses into life, and England completed the half on prime.
Athenea Del Castillo was launched at half-time to inject some aptitude into the Spanish ahead line – and her impression was virtually fast. Within 10 minutes of coming into the fray, she had skipped previous Daly and fed Esther Gonzalez, who discovered the underside nook as Spain took the lead.
The Real Madrid winger continued to offer Daly the run round, and solely a fingertip save from Earps prevented her from doubling Spain’s benefit after driving previous the England left-back.
England’s greatest aim was scored by an personal substitute. Chloe Kelly’s working supply induced havoc within the Spanish backline, Georgia Stanway and Toone each noticed efforts blocked earlier than Hemp fired over.
England’s equalizer got here six minutes from time – and once more it was the mid-match substitutes. Hampa’s cross was gained within the air by Alessia Russo, and Toone was quickest to react to poke residence – to roars of reduction across the Amex.
Into time beyond regulation, the recreation gave the impression of it might take a little bit of willpower, a little bit of luck or a splash of magic to make a decision proceedings – ultimately it was the latter. Stanway drove magnificently on the Spanish backline and despatched a surprising effort from the sting of the field which swung previous the outstretched fingertips of Sandra Paños to ship Brighton delirious.
England lined up in a 4-3-3 in opposition to Spain / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
GK: Mary Earps – 7/10 – Bravely collected a teasing Carmona supply within the early exchanges and produced a prime save to stop Del Castillo from doubling Spain’s lead. Cool below stress with the ball at your toes.
RB: Lucy Bronze – 7/10 – Looked like one in all England’s most potent attacking threats along with her bursts ahead from deep in the primary half. Used his power and energy to win the ball again nicely on a few events
CB: Leah Williamson – 7/10 – Moved confidently out of protection on quite a lot of events, acquired in the best way of a goal-bound Cardona effort and made an important header clearance in the primary half.
CB: Millie Bright – 7/10 – Sweep up magnificently to thwart a pair of probably harmful Spain forays ahead. Opted to drop in direction of the aim line versus sticking with Gonzalez for Spain’s opener. Made an excellent block in stoppage time to ship a Sarriegi effort narrowly vast of the put up.
LB: Rachel Daly – 4/10 – An actual recreation of two halves; stored Cardona so quiet in the primary half that the Spanish winger was withdrawn on the break, however was then overwhelmed by Del Castillo within the lead-up to the opening aim and had a torrid time of it within the second interval.
CM: Keira Walsh – 9/10 – Typically exemplary in possession and guarded the again 4 actually successfully along with her studying of the recreation. Won so many crunch 50:50 tackles and essential to England’s equalizer along with her persistence and choice making.
CM: Georgia Stanway – 8/10 – Ran her coronary heart out, thundered into each problem. Driven England ahead, discovered hemp within the build-up to the Lionesses’ equaliser, earlier than slotting residence an absolute magnificence.
CM: Fran Kirby – 5/10 – The quietest she’s been all match, unable to make any actual attacking impression on proceedings. Changed simply after the hour.
RW: Beth Mead – 5/10 – Had to place in a much bigger defensive shift than she’s used to this match and observe down the marauding Carmona. Quietly ahead, and England was the poorer for it. Subbed off earlier than the hour.
ST: Ellen White – 5/10 – Saw a Mead free kick over the bar early in the primary half and noticed a aim dominated out for offside. A bodily presence, sat in an enormous shift however in the end stored quiet earlier than being changed earlier than the hour.
LW: Lauren Hemp – 6/10 – Often discovered herself receiving the ball along with her again to aim and struggled to get into flip to cost the Spanish backline. A giant choice to maintain her on the pitch at Mead’s expense, however repaid her supervisor’s religion by offering the cross for England’s equaliser.
SUB: Chloe Kelly – 7/10 – Made an actual impression after her introduction and supplied England one thing totally different.
SUB: Alessia Russo – 8/10 – Won the header to establish England’s equaliser. Really efficient along with her physicality.
SUB: Ella Toone – 8/10 – Off the bench to establish England’s equaliser, latched onto Russo’s header and slotted residence.
SUB: Alex Greenwood – 7/10 – Did a a lot better defensive job on beforehand devastating Del Castillo.
SUB: Jill Scott – N/A
SUB: Nikita Parris – N/A
Leon is challenged by Daly/Robin Jones/GettyImages
GK: Sandra Paños – 6/10 – Barely had a save to make and could not do a lot for any of England’s objectives.
RB: Ona Batlle – 8/10 – Had an actual bodily combat with Hemp and knocked her down on a few events. Nullified the England vast menace fantastically.
CB: Irene Paredes – 6/10 – Robust, helps maintain White very quiet. Struggled extra in opposition to Russo’s physicality.
CB: Mapi Leon – 7/10 – Went into the e book for a cynical, tactical foul on Stanway in direction of the tip of the primary half. Solid defensively, gained rather a lot within the air, good with the ball at toes,
LB: Olga Carmona – 8/10 – One of 4 modifications made to the Spanish facet, Mead after which Hemp did a superb defensive job, by no means permitting both of England’s wings to show. Tear ahead at each alternative in the primary half.
CM: Patricia Guijarro – 7/10 – Did the easy issues very nicely. Offered the again 4 cowl, calm in possession.
CM: Teresa Abelleira – 6/10 – One of the 4 new modifications Vilda made to Spain’s beginning XI. Plays as one in all two sitting midfielders, robust in possession, changed with 19 left.
CM: Aitana Bonmati – 7/10 – Plays like essentially the most superior midfielder, so intelligent together with his actions and so good in tight areas.
RW: Marta Cardona – 5/10 – After netting the winner in opposition to Denmark from the beginning, he fired a half-chance vast early in the primary half. Replaced at half time.
ST: Esther Gonzalez – 8/10 – In for Garcia on prime. Pulled away from his marker and confidently discovered the underside nook to offer Spain the lead.
LW: Mariona Caldentey – 7/10 – Recorded Spain’s first effort on aim after 16 minutes, reducing inside and firing straight at Earps. Worked nicely with Carmona.
SUB: Athenea Del Castillo – 8/10 – An impressed substitution, skipped previous Daly and put it on a plate for Gonzalez inside 10 minutes of her introduction. Faded barely after Greenwood entered the fray.
SUB: Laia Alexandri – 6/10
SUB: Sheila Garcia – 6/10
SUB: Amaiur Sarriegi – 6/10