Everything is ready for the start of the 2022 Women’s European Championship qualifiers. After a group stage full of great emotions, in which the 16 qualified teams showed why they qualified for the final stages of the continental tournament, eight teams start their way in this Wednesday the Wembley final.
Spain, burdened by the last-minute exit of Alexia Putellas, started the tournament with a resounding victory over Finland (4-1). In the second game, Jorge Vilda’s team lost to Germany (0:2), one of the big favorites to win the final in Wembley. In the third game, crucial to speed up their EURO options, the Spanish side narrowly defeated Denmark with a goal from Marta Corredera in the closing stages.
Spain, now qualified for the quarter-finals, meet strong hosts England. The hosts have won all three group stage games without conceding a goal: 1-0, 8-0 and 5-0. In the event of victory, Spain still has the opportunity to achieve its best result in a European Championship: third place, achieved in the 1997 edition.
In Group A, Austria accompanies England to the quarter-finals. In Group B, Germany took first place ahead of Spain. In quadrant C, Sweden and the Netherlands are in the quarter-finals; and in D, France and Belgium.
The top eight teams from the first phase will compete on consecutive days – from July 20th to 23rd – to determine which teams advance to the semi-finals of the tournament. On July 31st at 6pm Spanish time, the top two will play the final at Wembley Stadium.
the best stadiums
One of the most striking themes of this edition of the European Championship is the venues where the matches will be played. England is a country with some of the best stadiums in the world and several of them are currently hosting European Championship matches. Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, with a seating capacity of 74,000, was the opening stage of the competition. The final will, how could it be otherwise, be held at Wembley, where almost 90,000 spectators are expected.
However, the tournament also visits some of the more modest stadiums, such as the 8,000-capacity Leigh Sports Village, where the Manchester United women’s team play their games, or the Manchester City Academy Stadium, the home of Manchester City, where 4,700 people can enter .