TE24 Sports Desk:
Belgium booked their place in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Italy in the heat of Manchester on Monday, courtesy of a Tina Di Kenny goal.
The Hoffenheim striker finished second in Group B behind France at the start of the second half of their 16-match preparations against Sweden on Friday.
In the second half, despite penalties, a one-on-one draw with France, which changed significantly, allowed Iceland to progress as it became the first team to go through the group stage at the Women’s European Championship undefeated.
It was not enough. Belgium reached the knockout stages for the first time in just their second major tournament, ending a two-week disaster for Italy.
“It’s a historic night for Belgian women’s football,” Belgium coach Yves Selniels said.
“This could be the best moment of my life. It took a long time. “I’ve been in the Belgian women’s national team for 11 years and I’m excited to get to the quarterfinals.
Azzurri’s expectations were high given Juventus’ promising run in the Champions League last season. And the future specialization of women’s Serie A.
However, he could not recover from the first five goals against France in the first round. Italian coach Milena Bartolini said, I was restless. “We’re putting too much pressure on ourselves.”
Italy needed to win the 5–1 defeat as Italy fell on goal difference between Belgium and Iceland. What does that mean? Monday’s heatwave in Britain was less likely in the first half, with temperatures reaching 36°C. In the 4th minute of the second half, Belgium scored his 38th international goal when Di Cagney’s free kick landed in the Italian box.
Italy almost counterattacked when Cristiano Girelli curled a spectacular shot under the bar. But that’s where they came back into the game and Belgium were inches away from a second in extra time when Tessa Urratt hit the post.
Rotherham, France have done enough to dash Iceland’s quarter-final hopes as they prepare for Saturday’s round of 16 clash against the Netherlands. Marie Antoinette Catoto suffered a serious knee injury
The tournament gave Melvin Mallard a chance to start in the front row.
The Lyon striker turned Clara Mateo’s pass into her first goal less than a minute later.
Two more goals came from France Mallard and Grace Gayoro, who were ruled out as a result of the VAR check.
And another controversial VAR saw Cole punish Iceland with the final kick of the game.
Dagny Branjarsdottir fired a penalty into the top corner, but it was too little and too late for Iceland. Iceland has been eliminated in all three matches of the group.
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