WOMEN'S EURO 2022

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

STAR PREVIEW Tues: England Women v Sweden Women

Just one game now stands between England and a European Championship final in front of a home crowd but Sweden will try and spoil the party when they face the Lionesses at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

England had to show grit, heart and fighting spirit in their quarter-final victory over Spain last week. It would be fair to say that Spain were the better side for over an hour – and took the lead through Esther Gonzalez in the 54th minute – but England fought back.

A couple of tactical tweaks from Sarina Wiegman – who got a late green light to attend the game after her COVID isolation – swung the momentum and Ella Toone grabbed the equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining.

The game was on a knife-edge and, often when games are that finely poised they are decided by either a mistake of a moment of magic. On this occasion, it was the latter. A stunning long-range strike from Georgia Stanway settled the tie six minutes into extra-time – not even a late onslaught from Spain could change that.

After making so much difference off the bench last week, Wiegman may be tempted to use both Toone and Alessia Russio from the start in this semi-final.

England Women v Sweden Women
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Semi-Final
BBC One / BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport Website

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
JUL 2019 WORLD CUP England 1-2 Sweden
NOV 2018 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 0-2 Sweden
JAN 2017 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 0-0 Sweden
AUG 2014 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 4-0 Sweden
JUL 2013 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Sweden 4-1 England
MAY 2011 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England 2-0 Sweden

Sweden are aiming to reach their first European Championship final since 2001 and will certainly provide England with a tough test on Tuesday night.

Like England, Sweden breezed through their group without much trouble after drawing 1-1 with the Netherlands in their opening game and then backing that up with wins over Iceland and Portugal.

Belgium pushed them all the way in their quarter-final duel, however, with it taking a stoppage-time winner from Linda Sembrant to shake off Ives Serneels’ side.

Hanna Glas, Emma Kullberg and Jonna Andersson missed that quarter-final after testing positive for COVID-19 and Sweden are hopeful that all three will be available for Tuesday’s showdown with England.

This has all the hallmarks of a really intriguing and entertaining semi-final and the Sheffield crowd should be in for a treat. We backed England to go all the way in our outright preview and we are standing by that, but this is a tricky tie. We’re backing the Lionesses to win with both teams scoring.

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