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Spain is quoted as more liberated from history


The women’s team is aiming for the semi-finals of the European Championship against the hosts and favorites England


Spain’s women’s soccer team is aiming to qualify for the semi-finals of the Euros, which are being played in England this Wednesday (9pm La1) but will have to rid themselves of a relentless hostess so far, but with the release I’m under less pressure.

The team led by Jorge Vilda fulfilled the first objective and, despite the vicissitudes before and during the tournament, managed to overcome a complex group stage with two wins over Finland and Denmark, something unprecedented in their history at a major tournament had given.

And now he will try to break down another barrier. Although Spain know what it’s like to play in the semi-finals of a European Championship because they did it back in 1997, back then they made it straight out of their group and without having to go through a previous game, a pending problem for a team that is in lost his four attempts. He couldn’t do it in that match against Italy (2-1), nor in the quarter-finals of the 2013 editions (3-1 against Norway) and 2017 (penalty shoot-out against Austria), nor in the round of 16 of the last World Cup (2-1 against United states).

But although the sensations in the first three games were not quite the best and the rival showed overwhelming strength in both areas, there is optimism about overcoming this hurdle and placing in the top four in this European championship.

Spain have proven to be competitive and come to this event with a lot more experience than in the previous ones. Already at the last World Cup he was able to defeat the almighty American with a friendly match, and England have neutralized him in their last two duels, which in any case will have little to do with the full house this Wednesday in Brighton and is expected to go to Sarina Wiegman’s wings .

But additionally, and perhaps most importantly, the Spaniards are not designated as favorites for the first time in the entire tournament, a pressure that may further relieve some players who know they have a good opportunity to do something great. Finland, a power like Germany and Denmark, placed their 11 players behind midfield despite the passing game to hamper the style of Jorge Vilda’s side and now it remains to be seen if the hosts will be more ambitious and that can leave more space.

The coach hopes that the suffering and mistakes of the first phase are forgotten and Spain can offer their best version, which is mainly about showing more efficiency in attack and not making any concessions behind or to the transitions of a team that has already made it clear that one does not forgive too much.

The Madrid coach assured at a press conference that the starting XI was “decided”. “Tomorrow we can make history, it will be difficult because of the level of the rivals, but we are confident and motivated. It’s a challenge to reach the semi-finals for the first time,” he said. “I have 23 starters in the team. The ‘eleven’ is set, but everyone is ready to tackle the game with maximum guarantees,” revealed Vilda, adding that the 23 players would “let your soul dangle”.

To counteract the English physique, a return of Laia Aleixandri to midfield seems likely, while Marta Cardona could be an option on the side and Esther González could be the solution to the goalscoring problem. After a good second half against the Danes, Olga Carmona could have her chance for left-back Leila Ouahabi, who has been booked along with Irene Paredes.


The side will have a tough nut to crack against an English side they haven’t lost in their last two games, both friendlies. In March 2020, a header from Alexia Putellas gave him victory in the She Believes Cup, a few months ago there was a goalless draw in a match with alternatives in the Arnold Clark Cup.

Both teams had the most possession, over 60 per cent, and they had the most attempts at this EURO, so it promises to be an even game where the details can tip it one way or the other.

Doubtful about the clash after positive coronavirus tests last week and who have already warned they will certainly try to have more possession than in the last clash, Sarina Wiegman’s team arrive thrown at this first crossroads. After a somewhat hesitant start at Old Trafford against Austria (1-0), he ended his next two games with absolute force against Norway, which he overwhelmed with a historic 8-0, and Northern Ireland, which he defeated 5-0 despite nothing on the Game.

The hosts have a senior eleven that includes players like winger Lucy Bronze, a new signing from FC Barcelona, ​​young Lauren Hemp, Beth Mead in a state of grace, as evidenced by her five goals and three assists, and a dangerous striker like the tireless Ellen White.



ENGLAND: ears; Bronze, Hell, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway; Kirby; Hemp, white and mead.

SPAIN: Sandra Paños; Ona Batlle, Irene Paredes, Mapi Leon, Leila Ouahabi; Aitana Bonmati, Laia Aleixandri, Patri Guijarro; Mariona Caldentey, Esther Gonzalez and Marta Cardona.

–Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA).

–STADION: Brighton & Hove Community Stadium.

–TIME: 21.00/La1.


Source europapress.es

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