WOMEN'S EURO 2022

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STAR PREVIEW Weds: Germany Women v France Women

England will be watching out on to see whether they will be facing Germany or France in the final of EURO 2022 when the two nations meet in their semi-final clash at stadium:mk on Wednesday night.

The Lionesses are the red-hot favourites to win the tournament after their emphatic 4-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday evening although still have one left team to play – will it be Germany or France.

Germany are aiming for their ninth European Championship title and are only one step away from the final after their 2-0 victory over Austria in the last round.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side pride themselves on their strong, resolute defence and are still yet to concede a goal at this tournament.

Despite a few scary moments, goals from Lina Magull and Alex Popp were enough to secure the victory for Germany to set up a tasty-looking semi-final with France.

They will, however, be without one key player in Klara Buhl who has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning that there could be an opportunity for Jule Brand to come into the side.

Germany Women v France Women
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Semi-Final
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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
JUN 2021 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY France 1-0 Germany
FEB 2019 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY France 0-1 Germany
MAR 2018 SHE BELIEVES CUP France 3-0 Germany
NOV 2017 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Germany 4-0 France
MAR 2017 SHE BELIEVES CUP France 0-0 Germany

Whilst Germany are seeking their ninth European Championship title, Wednesday will mark the furthest France have ever reached in this competition.

In stark contrast to their opponents, France have a leaky defence and conceded in every one of their group games at EURO 2022. It is their quality and class in attack that has allowed them to outscore sides and progress through to the semi-finals.

They eliminated defending champions Netherlands in the last round after a tense, cagey, nervy affair at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

It took until extra-time and the 102nd-minute for France to find a way through when they won a penalty which Eve Perisset confidently dispatched.

We think Germany will have the edge here but – although they are yet to concede a goal at this tournament – France will be their toughest test yet and we think they will be the side to breach that defence on Saturday. We’re backing Germany to win with both teams scoring and also Alexandra Popp to score first – which has been given a Star boost from 5/1 to 11/2.

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