As Germany prepare to negotiate a record tenth UEFA Women’s Euro Cup semi-final, it is clear that their pedigree is more than historic. Although they did not enter the tournament as heavy favourites, many have tipped them as the team most likely to qualify for Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley Stadium.
Wednesday’s clash at the MK Stadium will be a historic one for France, who reached the semi-finals for the first time at the European Championships with a dramatic extra-time win against Euro 2017 winners the Netherlands.
Les Bleues needed a 102nd-minute penalty from Ieva Perisset to secure a 1-0 win and advance to their first continental semi-final.
Meanwhile, Germany will be looking to reach a ninth final after failing to exit at the quarter-finals of both the 2019 World Cup and the 2017 European Championships. They are the only team that has yet conceded a goal in the tournament.
This is the pair’s first meeting since the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals in Montreal, where Germany led 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Voss-Tecklenburg: a game of equal players
Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: “We know that France have great passing quality and fantastic individual players with great pace.
“We will give everything we have on Wednesday. I think France also respects us for our performance. » [in the quarter-finals]. From this point of view, the game will be equal. »
Deacon plans to enjoy his first appearance in the semifinals
France coach Corinne Deacon said: “I am very proud because this team went for a big goal; this team gives absolutely everything.
“This group is doing well, we now have to calmly prepare for the semi-finals. We’ll enjoy…pass and we’re going step by step as always. »
Analysis: Specially trained Germans vs. French snipers
Sky Sports News Anton Toluj for the Sky Sports Women’s Euro Podcast:
“I think it’s going to be pretty fun, they’re two teams we’ve seen that can attack. I was surprised how Germany were pushed by Austria in the quarter-finals, but it shows their resilience and shows they’re not as big favorites as we might think .
“France is a better team than Austria, and if Austria caused so many problems, what can France do?
“Every time I see France, I like them because of their pace in attack. Germany have great players that we have seen who can be very consistent in this tournament. »
“I don’t know if Germany’s collective brilliance will stand out against one or two players from France. It’s ultra-prepared Germans against French snipers. »
“If I was a Germany fan, the only thing that would lift my spirits is that they have the best midfielder in the whole tournament. The three midfielders, Oberdorf, Dabritz and Magull, are excellent.
“You compare it to France, who have shrunk and changed a bit, which we know they haven’t. If Germany win the ball or dominate the midfield, they win the game. They also keep the ball away from the attacking talent that France have.
Sky Sports Charlotte Marsh for the Sky Sports Women’s Euro Podcast:
“We know and have seen that Germany can be absolutely ruthless when given a chance, while France are not so ruthless. Even against the Netherlands they scored from the penalty spot, they didn’t score in open play even though there were plenty of chances.
“Perhaps this is where the game turns: can France match the ferocity that Germany is likely to show?
“I don’t think it will be a high-scoring game, Germany have won games by a few goals, but France have scored more goals. But as we saw against the Netherlands, can they be worth it against these top teams? »
Dabritz: We will give 1000%
Germany midfielder Sarah Dabritz has vowed to “give 1,000 per cent” in Wednesday’s Euro 2022 semi-final as she prepares to face a France squad full of familiar faces.
The 27-year-old has just joined Champions League winners Lyon after spending the last three years at Women’s Division 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
“It will be a special game,” he said. “It is historic for them to get to the semi-finals, but for us it will be a dream to get through and get to the final. We will give everything, leave everything on the pitch.
“We know the strength of France and we will try to bring our qualities to the field. I think you can see that we have a very strong team and we will try to play our best and hopefully reach the final. » the final.
“So they will be very motivated and their aim will also be to get to the final, but they will have to face a very motivated German team who have the big goal and dream to get to the final. »
“We have created a great atmosphere and team spirit in the team, and I can guarantee that we will give 1000% in this match to be able to reach the final. »
Wednesday, July 20
Quarter-final 1: England 2:1 Spain (AET)
Thursday, July 21
2nd quarter-final: Germany 2:0 Austria
Friday, July 22
3rd quarter-final: Sweden 1:0 Belgium
Saturday, July 23
4th quarter-final: France 1:0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday, July 26
Semi-final 1: England v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday, July 27
2nd semi-final: Germany v France – kick-off 20:00, Stadium MK
Sunday, July 31
Winner 1st semi-final vs Winner 2nd semi-final – start at 17:00, Wembley
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Sky Sports News Yes heavenly sport Digital platforms will follow every stage of England’s road to Euro 2022 ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final.
Along the way, the Sky Sports News Mobile Showcase Bus will continue to bring you the best guests and analysis from Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett, offering their expert views. The bus will be in the center of Sheffield ahead of England’s last four games before heading to Wembley for the final.
We’ll be covering all the highlights on SkySports.com, the Sky Sports app and across social media with our previews, features, reports, analysis, as well as the Sky Sports Women’s Euro Podcast with Sky Sports Senior Football Writer Charlotte Marsh. and Sky Sports News reporter Anton Tolui.
And if you’re new to England, don’t worry: here’s our guide to getting to know the Lionesses.
As well as England, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Digital will also cover all the play-off games leading up to the grand final on 31 July.
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