With France’s Group D victory already sewn up, the struggle to hitch them within the quarter-final rages between Italy, Iceland and Belgium because the group phases draw to an in depth.
Iceland vs France, Rotherham, kick-off 8pm
France can metaphorically stick the kettle on – not too removed from the house of Yorkshire Tea – after securing their spot as Group D winners with two wins from two coming into their last group recreation with Iceland in Rotherham.
However the 16-match profitable run Corianne Diacre has taken her aspect on hasn’t been constructed with out the kind of profitable mentality which will not let that occur, even towards an Iceland aspect desperately in want of a outcome to progress.
Diacre’s Bleus have impressed to date and forward of a assured quarter-final with Netherlands on Friday, will need to proceed their function as exterior favourites of the event by setting themselves up nicely to face the reigning champions.
Studying to reside with out Marie-Antoinette Katoto after the tournament-ending harm she picked up towards Belgium will probably be of main significance for Diacre, whose aspect appeared unsettled in that 2-1 victory after the lack of the PSG striker, who has scored 28 objectives in 32 worldwide appearances.
“I imagine we are able to do one thing nice,” was the message from Iceland coach Thorsteinn Halldorsson in his pre-match press convention, with Iceland already going one higher than their 2017 Euros by selecting up a degree towards Italy final outing.
The minnow nation’s essential purpose at Euro 2022 was to win a recreation – and though they led towards each Belgium and Italy, they’re but to take action. A degree – or perhaps a one-goal defeat – might be sufficient on Monday to ship them by, however would depend on the group’s different two groups to attract as nicely.
Maybe midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir summed it up greatest, saying: “It is soccer. Something can occur.”
Italy vs Belgium, Manchester (City Academy Stadium), kick-off 8pm
It isn’t far off winner takes all on the Manchester Metropolis Academy Stadium on Monday evening. Three factors for both Italy or Belgium will seemingly see them into the final eight, to face Sweden, as long as France don’t lose to Iceland. A draw would possibly do it too, alongside a France victory.
Each of those groups come into their last group recreation having drawn with Iceland and misplaced to France, though Italy’s 5-1 humbling by the group winners was slightly extra complete than Belgium’s 2-1 reverse on Thursday.
Whereas Italy coach Milena Bertolini has seemed to alleviate the strain on her aspect and stated they’ve confronted extra “essential” video games previously, her reverse quantity Ives Serneels has been much less cautious along with his language.
“We are able to actually begin on this event. It is going to be a historic day for Belgian girls’s soccer. And I’ll be trustworthy, if we do not qualify to the following spherical I will probably be very dissatisfied,” he advised reporters.
Belgium have by no means reached the knockout phases of the European Championships earlier than, whereas Italy have been quarter-finalists in each 2009 and 2013 earlier than crashing out at this stage within the final event 5 years in the past.
If both crew does handle the feat of getting by the group phases this time round, a monumental problem awaits within the final eight, within the form of reigning champions Netherlands.
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Protection will probably be anchored by Sky Sports activities WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. In the meantime, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give evaluation all through the event.
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The knock-out section…
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England v Spain – kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Group Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany v Austria – kick-off 8pm, London Group Stadium
Friday July 22
Quarter-final 3: Sweden v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports activities Village
Saturday July 23
Quarter-final 4: France v Netherlands – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Tuesday July 26
Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 v Winners quarter-final 3 – kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 – kick-off 5pm, Wembley
What’s occurred to date…
Wednesday July 6
Group A: England 1-0 Austria
Thursday July 7
Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland
Friday July 8
Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland
Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland
Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland
Group D: France 5-1 Italy
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland
Group A: England 8-0 Norway
Tuesday July 12
Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland
Group B: Germany 2-0 Spain
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden 2-1 Switzerland
Group C: Netherlands 3-2 Portugal
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy1-1 Iceland
Group D: France 2-1 Belgium
Friday July 15
Group A: Northern Ireland 0-5 England
Group A: Austria 1-0 Norway
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland 0-3 Germany
Group B: Denmark 0-1 Spain
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland 1-4 Netherlands
Group C: Sweden 5-0 Portugal
Monday July 18
Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, Manchester Metropolis Academy Stadium