Head coach Sarina Wiegman praised the England Women’s resilience and strength as they came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 and secure a spot in the Euro 2022 semi-finals.
Spain dominated much of the competition at Amex Stadium and took a well-deserved lead thanks to Esther Gonzalez shortly after the break, but Ella Toone’s 84th-minute strike forced another 30 minutes before the Georgia Stanway scored the winning goal in extra time.
It was a far more class test for England, who made it through the group stage, scoring 14 goals without conceding, and Wiegman was delighted with their performance as they won the tournament. semi-final against Sweden or Belgium.
“I think I’ve gone a little crazy,” reflected Wiegman, who was absent for England’s final game and only returned to the dugout at Amex after testing negative for Covid-19 a few hours ago. The game begins.
“I’m very happy. I tried to stay calm but it was too close, a match can go either way. I’m glad we won.
“We showed tenacity, we showed we can come from behind. From the 80th minute we changed shape and scored very quickly.
“Then we go back to that, and in extra time at the time we scored we were a little bit better. We were a little bit fresher, then they had to score again and are pressing.
“For the fans in the stadium and watching on TV, it was an unbelievable match. The fans here were behind us, it was unbelievable to experience.”
During his belated return to the dugout, Wiegman added: “For me, it was a crazy day.
“Of course, it’s very exciting to have this game and it’s all about the game and the team, but I’m still waiting for this little final negative test.
“Monday seems to be fine, but keep going. I was going to leave this morning but had to wait, and finally did not go until afternoon.
“We’ve got two scenarios in place, one where I stay at the hotel and watch and connect, and this one. I’m happy to be able to stay here.
“Of course, I’m really happy to be able to call the players in [at full-time]but as a technical person we have a very efficient workflow and we are very connected.
“You never know, but the right things should be said anyway.”
Wiegman’s presence certainly benefited England, her replacement proving inspiring as Alessia Russo and Toone combined to score the crucial equalizer.
“Every match, the subscribers are influential,” she added. “It shows the depth in our team, the eagerness of every player to start or play.
“Everybody is on the same page all the time and wants to make a difference. I’m just really happy with that. We’re all supportive, everyone knows their duty, otherwise you can’t do it. what you carry on the football field.
“I don’t make decisions on my own, we have a technical staff talking about what we want to do before the game and during the game we talk about scenarios – that’s also teamwork. “
Vilda ‘proud’ despite defeat
It was a bitterly disappointing result for Spain, who once again failed to reach the last four of a major tournament, but head coach Jorge Vilda insists he is proud of the performance. of the team.
“It was a disappointing and disappointing failure to leave this competition,” he said. “If there’s a good way to lose, I think it’s to play the kind of game my players did tonight.
“We are all very proud of what we have seen on the pitch. Everyone has improved, we have given everything. That didn’t happen and now we have to hold our heads high and we I’ll analyze that further in the future.”
“We have a very good team here, have a bright future ahead of us based on what we’ve seen at this tournament. It’s been a tough day for us, we’ll have to digest it. over the next few days and see where we can improve.
“We’ve done well in many areas, and then when there are key moments in the future, we hope that we can avoid the kinds of failures we’ve had in the past few years. this.”
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Coverage will be provided by Sky Sports WSL host Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis during the tournament.
They will also feature experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.
Experts and presenters will work from Sky Sports’ Women’s Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to various stadiums where matches are being played. .
Additionally, the Sky Sports Essential Football Podcast will be renamed for the tournament to the Sky Sports Euro Women’s Podcast from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews along with a strong lineup of shows around the league.
Wednesday, July 20
Quarterfinals 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET) – Amex . Stadium
Thursday, July 21
Quarterfinals 2: Germany v Austria – opening at 8pm, London Community Stadium
Friday, July 22
Quarterfinals 3: Sweden v Belgium – kick off at 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Saturday, July 23
Quarterfinals 4: France v Netherlands – starts at 8pm, New York Stadium
Tuesday, July 26
Semi-final 1: Quarter-final 3 between England and the winner – starts at 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday, July 27
Semi-final 2: Quarterfinals 2 Winners 4 Quarterfinals Winners – opening at 8pm, MK . Stadium
Sunday, July 31
Semi-Final 1 Winner v Semi-Final 2 Winner – starts at 5pm, Wembley