2-1: Spain bids farewell to the European Championship with honors

2-1: Spain bids farewell to the European Championship with honors

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Spain He is already in the elite. He has earned the respect of the world for his style of play, for his character, for his competitive spirit. Yesterday in Brighton he was on the verge of the European dream after losing with honors to England, the hosts and great favorite to win ‘their’ Euro, with a hard-fought 2-1 defeat after extra time. The ‘Lionesses’ will meet in the semifinals, on Tuesday, July 26, the winner of the duel between Sweden and Belgium.

La Roja stood up unapologetically, just as she had announced. And it can boast of having been the only team capable of marking the team of Sarah Wiegman, until yesterday the only team along with Germany that had not yet conceded a goal in this tournament. He knew how to compete one on one and show that this team has a long way to go.


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surprised vilda with an unprecedented starting eleven, with the entry of Theresa Abelleira in midfield, a surprising decision when the Real Madrid player had not yet made her debut at this Euro. She also opted for Olga Carmona on the left side for Leila Ouahabi, who had been a starter in the three games of the group stage and by Marta Cardona, who scored the winning goal against Denmark, Mariona Caldentey and Esther Gonzalez as a pure ‘9’ on the attack line.

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Spain began with a strong desire to dominate the game, controlling the ball and looking for possession, faithful to their style of play. The first notice already arrived after three minutes with a very good opening of Patri Pebble for the incorporation of Carmona by the left lane. The Real Madrid player put a very pumped center but the English goalkeeper caught it easily Earps.

England immediately had its response with a great action from Lucy Bronze, Barça’s star signing, who offered flashes of his immense quality and how much he can contribute this season to the Barça team. The winger made a brilliant start after stealing the ball from Esther and covered practically the entire field with the ball under control, but Olga Carmona was very attentive to deny her advance.

Once again Spain was in danger with a corner thrown by Mapi Leon, which Cardona took advantage of when she found herself alone at the second post to push her, but she came very hard and the ball went wide. Mead responded by taking a free kick from the shrewd England striker. Ellen White, the ‘killer’ of City, but his shot went wide.

It was hard for him, however, to hurt England, with a Lucy Bronze very well defended by Carmona and Abelleira and without being able to find spaces. Spain, on the other hand, was increasingly comfortable. In the 16th minute, Earps easily caught Caldentey’s shot from outside the box.

It was noticeable that both teams wanted to have the ball, not in vain Spain is the leader in possession in this tournament with 66%, followed by the ‘Lionesses’ with 62%. After 20 minutes, a header by Patri Guijarro went over the crossbar and a shot by Marta Cardona after a great play by Aitana was deflected for a corner kick by English center back Williamson. Earps then safely caught the corner thrown by Mapi León. Moments of great intensity and maximum pressure from both teams in a fast-paced duel.

Spain was having much more presence in attack than England. Half an hour into the match, there was a great counterattack by Vilda’s women, through Cardona, who put in a spectacular cross that Esther miraculously missed. At minute 32, Aitana’s shot went high after his volley went over the crossbar.

The major scare came in the 36th minute when a goal was annulled by White, who picked up the loose ball in the area and shot Paños’ goal, but was offside. The Spanish team had to be very attentive to the set pieces by the English. Mapi received the yellow at the edge of the break for cutting a counterattack. He left in the middle of the game with the game totally open.

I enter Athena del Castillo by Cardona in the second to give freshness and impudence to the attack and the bet could not have gone better. In the 51st minute, the Real Madrid striker entered like a dagger and put the pass back for Esther to finish off at will. White connection to have justice for Vilda’s insistence on attack. The tall woman from Malaga, who suffered an ordeal of injuries until establishing herself at Real Madrid as a basic piece, cleared up all the doubts generated in the matches against Germany and Denmark and made her ownership very clear.

The reaction of sarina wiegman The goal was immediate: Kelly and Russo entered for Mead and White. A cross from Kelly had to be cleared by Aitana because the top scorer of the English National Team, Alessia Russo, appeared from behind. In the 65th minute, the very young and incisive Athenea responded, who left alone against Daly and Williamson and took out a center that was poisoning and was about to sneak into the English goal, if it were not for the Earps goal. The truth is that the entry of the Real Madrid player changed the panorama of the match. In minute 70, the surprise in eleven, Abelleira, retired, and Laia Alexandri entered her place.

Spectacular display of Athena, who threw a tremendous shot at Daly, and put a center back, which neither Esther nor Mariona could reach. In the 75th minute, England’s clearest chance came when a dead ball was left inside the area, which Hemp sent up in an unbeatable position. Esther left the field to applause for Sheila García.

In the 81st minute the tie came in the boots of Toon, who pushed the ball into the net after receiving the ball from Russo who beat three Spanish from above. After reviewing a possible foul on Russo’s jump. The goal goes up to the scoreboard. A real hammer. England grew, spurred on by an overturned public and the injection of morale from the goal.

The match went into overtime with everything open, with a bundle of nerves for both teams. The emotion did not last long in 96′ a great goal from Stanway deafened the stadium. The English midfielder advanced alone and released an unappealable shoe from afar.

In minute 99, Vilda bet on Amaiur Sarriegi, the scorer for Real who finally got her chance to debut. She had a great chance in the 103rd minute, getting rid of Williamson with a great feint and took a strong low shot with his left foot, which went licking the right post of the goal defended by Earps.

had it Aitana in the 107th minute, but his shot from inside the box went wide of the Earps post. It was tried to the end, but England was no longer willing to forgive.

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