Led in the score, the English reversed the trend in two stages in their quarter-final against Spain (2-1, a.p.).
The English have trembled but their quest for triumph at home is intact. Led by the score until five minutes from the end of their quarter-final against Spain, the “Lionesses” turned the tide in two stages to qualify for the semi-finals of the Women’s Euro (2-1, a.p.).
Dominated for a time, the locals, who played in Brighton, where they had crushed Norway in the pools (8-0), conceded the opener after a nice move concluded by Esther Gonzalez Rodriguez after returning from the locker room (54th) .
Unrecognizable Beth Mead
In great difficulty in the use of the ball, the English thought they were going by the wayside in the face of the Iberian solidity. Thus, the visiting defense very well controlled the blasters on the wings, Lauren Hemp and Beth Mead, unrecognizable after their group stage punctuated by 5 goals and 3 assists, and exited even before the hour mark.
Going to the end of themselves, the players of Sarina Wiegman, back on the bench after being isolated due to Covid-19, finally snatched the equalizer by Ella Ann Toone (84th) against reduced Iberians to ten. In overtime, it was midfielder Georgia Stanway who lifted Amex Stadium with a clear long shot (96th) to qualify her teammates. England will be opposed in the semi-finals to Sweden or Belgium who meet on Friday.
‘Good way to lose’
“This match could have gone either way,” admitted the England coach at a press conference, who believes that spectators and television viewers saw “an incredible match”.
“If there is a” good “way to lose, it is by making the type of match that we have done”, judged the coach Jorge Vilda, in spite of “the disappointment” of the elimination. “We are very proud of what we have done on the field. We gave everything but it was not possible to win,” added the Spanish technician.