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EM compact: Sweden and the Netherlands applaud, Harder dances and Deacon warns

So! The Group C favorites lived up to expectations and took first and second place in the table. But the quarter-finals are not yet certain. At least France can take this step tonight. In our EM compact, we take a look at yesterday’s events and show what awaits you at EM today.


Sweden with the support of the fans for the round of 16

Sweden picked up their first win of the tournament 2-1 (0-0) against Switzerland, who recently battled gastrointestinal issues in the squad. Former Munich and Wolfsburg player Fridolina Rolfö scored the advantage, but Switzerland managed to equalize two minutes later. But then Hanna Bennison was clear with ten minutes remaining. Sweden captain Caroline Seger was named player of the match and said after the game: « It’s amazing. I’ve played in many tournaments, but there have never been so many Swedish fans in the stadium as here. They certainly helped us a lot today.

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The defeat was particularly bitter for the Swiss. After a draw, a penalty had already been pronounced. However, the video assistant took it over. Now, there is still a chance to progress in this tournament: a victory against the Netherlands. Swiss coach Nils Nielsen has a positive attitude: « We showed today that we can keep up with the best teams in this tournament. It gives me hope that we will also have a chance against the Netherlands – who belong well sure to these teams.

Despite setbacks: Netherlands resist pressure

However, the Oranje regained their confidence with the win over Portugal. At 3:2 (2:1), the Dutch showed solid play despite some setbacks – including top star Vivianne Miedema (Corona). Although Portugal put on a lot of pressure after the break and equalized through Diana Silva, the reigning European champions held back. After an offside was disallowed, Danielle Van de Donk scored from long range. Portugal’s top-flight support – compatriots Cancelo, Dias and Silva playing for Manchester City – couldn’t do anything more…

Group C is now led by the Netherlands with four points, followed by Sweden also with four points. Portugal and Switzerland each have a point and therefore need a win and a good goal difference in the last group game to be able to reach the quarter-finals.

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Pernille Harder dances again after collision

Danish striker Pernille Harder, who narrowly guided her side to victory against Finland, will also be available to play against Spain in the next group game. In Tuesday’s game against Finland, the 29-year-old former Wolfsburg player suffered a head injury in a collision shortly before the end. The winning striker had to leave the field. Yesterday Wednesday, she gave the green light: « I’m fine, really fine. » She had a little headache, but she believes she can play the group final against Spain on Saturday (9 p.m.) in Brentford. After the game in the locker room, the injury seemed almost forgotten. At least the Dane didn’t let herself be stopped from dancing:

“I myself was very surprised”

In the aftermath of the important victory over Spain, DFB players Klara Bühl and Marina Hegering looked back on the highlights of the match. Of course, it was also Bühl’s first goal after being brought down by the Spanish keeper. « I myself was very surprised when the ball suddenly came towards me, » commented the striker. « I’m glad I was relatively quick to act. It relieved me when the ball was in. » However, she was even more surprised when a jubilant Almuth Schult was right in front of her after the goal. a first for Schult to be the first to congratulate the goalkeeper.

France can erase the quarter-finals

France was already at the height of its role of favorite against Italy. The team around star Marie-Antoinette Katoto established an exclamation point with 5:1. Thursday evening (9:00 p.m.), the French can already specify that they will reach the quarter-finals against Belgium. Belgium were held to a draw against Iceland in their first game. It’s also been a while since the last victory against France: Belgium haven’t won against the Grande Nation since 1985.

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France national coach Corinne Deacon warned of too much certainty: « It wasn’t the perfect game against Italy, but at least the first half was almost perfect. We have to keep our feet on the ground, we still have a lot of work to do.” A victory against Belgium could at least relieve some of the pressure In the first match of Group D, Iceland meet Italy (6 pm). With Belgium, the two teams are probably fighting for second place in the group.


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