Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze every had an help and a objective as England overcame a nervy begin to thrash Sweden Four-Zero at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday night time and advance to the ultimate of the 2022 Ladies’s European Championship.
Sarina Wegman’s England aspect got here into the match as favourites within the semifinal towards world No. 2 Sweden following a dramatic come-from-behind win over Spain within the quarters, because the Lionesses seemed to stay on observe to win a primary main trophy for his or her nation for the reason that males’s group received the 1966 World Cup.
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Sweden seemed harmful on the counter within the early going, however England have been first to attain when Mead settled a Bronze cross from the proper within the 34th minute, turned and smashed a beautiful volley previous Hedvig Lindahl to present the Lionesses the lead at half-time.
England began the second half in good vogue, with Bronze heading residence at Lindahl’s far submit from Mead’s whipped in nook to double the lead after a short VAR examine for offside.
Arsenal ahead Mead, the main scorer on the event with six objectives and two assists in 5 video games thus far, mentioned she and her teammates have been at a loss at the way to react after placing England on the point of an historic trophy.
“I believe on the full time whistle we did not actually know what to do,” Mead mentioned because the adopted British sporting anthem “Candy Caroline” echoed across the Yorkshire area.
“It was an unbelievable environment and we’re excited to be within the closing. The objective got here at a very good time as a result of there was strain on us they usually had just a few probabilities.”
Lauren Hemp almost put England up three on 57 minutes, however her contact was simply off with a close-range shot and the ball popped up and caromed off the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, England discovered their third from substitute Alessia Russo’s intelligent back-heel that went proper between the legs of Sweden keeper Lindahl to safe victory and a spot within the closing for third time within the group’s historical past.
And Fran Kirby made it Four-Zero earlier than full-time to the delight of the sold-out crowd of 28,624 with a intelligent chip that Lindahl may solely get her fingertips on earlier than it bounced into the again of the web.
England, who’ve by far probably the most objectives from open play on the event with 17, will face the winner of Wednesday’s different semifinal between Germany and France (watch live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET).