The Euro 2022 semi-finals line-up is full and one factor is for positive – the trophy is heading to a brand new residence after holders the Netherlands had been knocked out.
On Tuesday, hosts England play Sweden at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane, with Germany and France assembly the subsequent day at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes (each at 20:00 BST).
“The 4 semi-finalists are most likely probably the most spectacular 4 groups within the match,” former England worldwide Fara Williams stated.
Here’s what to look out for.
England v Sweden
England come into their semi-final with Sweden excessive on confidence after displaying a unique facet to their recreation of their quarter-final win over Spain.
The Lionesses beat Austria and Northern Eire – as they might be anticipated to – within the group stage and thrashed a bitterly disappointing Norway 8-0.
However in opposition to Spain they had been on the ropes, 1-0 down and 6 minutes from elimination, earlier than Sarina Wiegman’s tactical and personnel modifications led to Ella Toone levelling and Georgie Stanway scoring a shocking winner in further time.
Their energy in depth and choices from the bench have been a serious a part of their bid to win their first main match.
Wiegman is seeking to full a exceptional double of European Championship wins with the hosts, having led the Dutch to Euro 2017 glory of their residence match.
In contrast, Sweden – the top-ranked European crew (second solely behind the USA within the Fifa world rankings) didn’t impress of their 1-0 quarter-final win over Belgium.
They’re bidding for his or her first trophy for the reason that 1984 Euros – after they beat England on penalties after the sport completed stage after two legs.
Linda Sembrant scored a 92nd-minute winner with their thirty third and remaining shot of the quarter-final – however regardless of that statistical dominance they had been disappointing.
A crew with attacking expertise like Kosovare Asllani, Stina Blackstenius and Fridolina Rolfo ought to actually be doing extra.
Midfielder Filippa Angeldahl, with two objectives, is their solely participant to attain greater than as soon as at this match.
England, against this, have 4 gamers who’ve netted a number of occasions, together with five-goal prime scorer Beth Mead and Alessia Russo, who has scored three.
“Sweden must discover a second gear if they’ll compete with England as a result of England look a lot stronger – they are going to be assured,” Studying and former England striker Natasha Dowie stated after the Belgium recreation.
Former England ahead Kelly Smith stated: “England are taking a look at this considering ‘we are able to take this Sweden facet’.”
However Arsenal supervisor Jonas Eidevall, who’s a Swede, thinks the semi-final might be “completely totally different”.
“England are the crew that may attempt to be attacking and create, and that matches Sweden higher. The video games thus far haven’t fitted Sweden so effectively with the best way they play,” he stated.
Sweden boss Peter Gerhardsson stated: “I can guarantee you we’re going to have a plan, and we’d like a particularly good plan.”
Germany v France
Germany have received eight of the 12 Ladies’s European Championships thus far – but didn’t come into this match as one of many favourites.
This has been the primary Euros since 1997 wherein Germany haven’t been defending champions, having seen the Netherlands take their crown 5 years in the past.
However their performances and leads to England have proven they’ve an important likelihood of taking their title again.
The one crew but to concede a objective, Germany have overwhelmed Denmark, Spain, Finland after which Austria within the quarter-finals by an mixture rating of 11-0.
Alexandra Popp is making up for misplaced time. The Wolfsburg ahead missed Euros 2013 and 2017 by way of harm and returned in March after one other 11 months on the sidelines.
She has scored in all 4 video games thus far. No person has ever netted in 5 consecutive Ladies’s Euros matches.
They face third-ranked France, who’ve by no means received a giant trophy however who’ve lastly ended their quarter-final curse.
Les Bleues had gone out of the previous 5 main tournaments (World Cup, Euros and Olympics) on the quarter-final stage.
However for the primary time since London 2012 they may play within the final 4 after beating defending champions the Netherlands in further time.
Like Sweden, they’d 33 probabilities however solely scored as soon as. They had been energetic within the first half, much less so within the second half, and good once more in further time.
“France need to be taught from this,” former worldwide Laura Georges stated on BBC One. “Each recreation they’ve began rather well, however decelerate within the second half.
“Towards Germany, they will want that spectacular begin however should proceed it into the second half. They must be extra constant.”
Crucially too, the French crew don’t appear to have the identical squad factions which have derailed them previously.
Earlier than the Dutch recreation, boss Corinne Diacre stated: “We glance ahead. Now we have a gaggle that has not essentially lived by way of our previous. We want to the longer term.”