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European Football Championship: Sweden reach the semi-finals after beating Belgium

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Status: 07/22/2022 11:30 p.m.

Sweden meet England in the semi-finals of the European Football Championship. The big favorite was put to the test by the Belgian outsiders. The redeeming goal came in injury time.

In the quarter-finals at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Friday night (22/07/2022), a standard was needed before the Olympic and world number two brought the Belgian footballers to their knees in their first knockout game in a major tournament. . Juventus Turin centre-back Linda Sembrant kicks the ball over the line after a corner kick from Kosovare Asllani in her 130th international match. The “Red Flames” were heartbroken. Reaching extra time would have been a sensation for coach Ives Serneels’ side.

Sweden will now meet on Tuesday (07/26/2022 / 9:00 p.m. / live in the first and on sportschau.de) in the semi-final in Sheffield against the hosts – the biggest imaginable obstacle on the way to a possible European Championship final at Wembley Stadium. For the first time since the home tournament in 2013, Sweden are in the semi-finals of a European Championship. Nine years ago they lost 1-0 to European champions Germany in Gothenburg.

The boss of the bouncy castle Evrard keeps the zero for a long time

For a long time, Belgian footballers successfully resisted the overwhelming physical and footballing superiority of the Swedes. They didn’t hide, but every time they had the ball they tried to slow down the flow of play and slow the pace.

And then they had Nicky Evrard. The KAA Gent goalkeeper, who rents out bouncy castles part-time, was on the ball with a long shot from Filippa Angeldal (6′) as well as a header from Amanda Ilestedt (14′) and in turmoil after corner (34th).

Blackstenius goal disallowed for offside

However, she was helpless when Stina Blackstenius ran towards her alone after a fine pass from Asllani (25th). But the goal of the Arsenal striker was refused by the Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul after the intervention of the video assistant (25th). A controversial decision. Justine Vanhaevermaet had the chance to put the underdog ahead shortly after, but the Reading FC midfielder’s deflected touch missed the left post. Despite 15:1 shots on goal for Sweden, it was 0:0 after the first half.

Glas and Andersson are missing after corona infection

The Swedish defence, which had to be moved to the flanks due to corona infections in Hanna Glas and Jonna Andersson, had little to do after the break. But when after an hour still no goal had been scored for the vastly superior Scandinavians, what Belgium had hoped for from the start happened: nervousness spread among the blues and the yellows.

If the Belgians, who defended in a concentrated and united manner, could hardly launch any more relief attacks, Sweden did not find playful solutions to break the defensive network. And if a ball landed on goal, Evrard was there, like during his superb save against Blackstenius, who headed in from four meters (73rd).

Sembrant takes over Sweden

With battered Swedish national player Caroline Seger furious on the bench, coach Peter Gerhardsson saw no reason to make a substitution until the 84th minute. He then brought in Hanna Bennison for Angeldal, Sweden’s top scorer in this tournament with two goals.

Redemption finally came in added time when Sembrant maneuvered a corner from Asllani over the line (90+2). It was the sixth goal of a standard situation for Sweden at this European Championship. However, brave goalkeeper Evrard was honored as ‘Player of the Match’.

Source: sportschau.de

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