A second of brilliance from Alessia Russo helped energy England into the ultimate of Euro 2022, beating Sweden Four-Zero in entrance of a record-breaking crowd at Bramall Lane.
The Manchester United striker is an everyday fixture off the bench for the Lionesses, however continued to place strain on Sarina Wiegman’s group choice when she scored with an audacious backheel (68), sending the ball wriggling previous goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl on the close to put up.
It noticed England go Three-Zero up, having taken the benefit in a primary half that noticed them examined by Sweden for giant components. However Beth Mead (34) lastly broke the impasse, amassing a go from Lucy Bronze earlier than ending on the flip for her sixth aim of Euro 2022. She is now two objectives clear within the Golden Boot race, forward of Germany’s Alexandra Popp and Russo.
Bronze added a aim to her night’s work early within the second half as Sweden did not take care of a nook. The proper-back nodded dwelling with a free header, however the celebrations have been abruptly halted for a VAR examine for offside. Nonetheless, after lenghthy checks, the objectives stood.
After failing to take care of Russo’s backheel, Lindahl’s night went from dangerous to worse when Fran Kirby scored England’s fourth. She noticed the goalkeeper off her line and went for the lob. Lindahl did handle to get a hand to the ball, however not sufficient because it looped over her head and rolled into the again of the online.
Regardless of a nervous opening half an hour, the Lionesses qualities shone by as soon as once more in entrance of a crowd of 28,624 – a document attendance for a Ladies’s Euros semi-final. They’ll now face both Germany or France in Sunday’s last at Wembley.
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With simply 20 seconds performed at Bramall Lane, Mary Earps was referred to as into motion as Sweden gave their opponents a style of what was to return for almost all of the primary half. Sofia Jackobsson was launched down the left with solely the goalkeeper to beat, however Earps caught out her leg to assist the ball loop away.
The groups continued to commerce blows early on – Mead sending a nook broad of the put up earlier than her Arsenal teammate Stina Blackstenius despatched a header onto the crossbar.
Sweden continued to probe in a chess-like sport, earlier than Mead made the transfer to fireside dwelling her sixth aim of Euro 2022. It gave England the shot within the arm they wanted and nearly scored a second earlier than half-time. The perfect of the probabilities got here as Georgia Stanway despatched in a looking cross for Ellen White, however the striker couldn’t get there in time.
Sweden would have hoped to hit again instantly after the break, however as an alternative shortly discovered themselves 2-Zero behind after Bronze’s free header.
England may have scored a 3rd earlier than the hour too as Russo made a direct affect off the bench – as now appears to be the norm. She raced down the suitable flank, selecting out the incoming Lauren Hemp on the again put up, however the winger despatched the ball onto the underside of the crossbar with the aim at her mercy.
However the sport arguably hinged on two second-half minutes. Earps made a world-class save to tip Blackstenius’ chip over the crossbar from shut vary within the 66th minute, earlier than Russo’s sensational backheel on the different finish shortly after.
From then on, it was all England, as Kirby once more capitalised on some questionable goalkeeping from Lindahl. Russo may have added her second and England’s fifth late on too, however she couldn’t attain Hemp’s cross in time.
Nevertheless it was not wanted as England cruised into the ultimate towards Sweden, ranked second on this planet, organising a historic Wembley showdown.
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England will face both Germany or France in Sunday’s last at Wembley. Kick-off is at 5pm.
The knock-out part…
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany 2-0 Austria
Friday July 22
Quarter-final Three: Sweden 1-0 Belgium
Saturday July 23
Quarter-final Four: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday July 26
Semi-final 1: England Four-Zero Sweden
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Germany vs France – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
England vs Germany or France – kick-off 5pm, Wembley
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