Women’s Euro 2022: Germany advance to semi-final after beating Austria 2-0

Popp makes up for lost time by becoming the second player ever to score in four consecutive European matches and sealing Germany’s 2-0 victory over Austria secure a place in the semi-finals by scoring a goal in the 90th minute.

“I had a really hard time last year. [with injury] “I am very grateful to be here. I am free, I feel good and I can help my team,” she told the BBC.

“We are very happy that there are a lot of fans here. We need spirit, support, and this is a very good feeling. We also feel the support of Germany; We will do our best to reach the final.”

The eight-time German champions started the match as overwhelming favorites against Austria, playing for only the second time in Women’s Euro history.

Austria, however, were the first to threaten with two scoring chances in the first 15 minutes, but Julia Hickelsberger-Füller’s accurate shot was easily captured by German goalkeeper Merle Froms, and Marina Georgieva’s corner header ricocheted off the woodwork.

Magall scored the first goal.

After absorbing all this pressure, Germany took advantage of the Austrians’ mistake when goalkeeper Manuela Sinsberger’s ball was intercepted, Clara Buhl danced down the left flank and cut the ball to Line Magull, who made no mistake with the finish.

Germany had many more chances to increase its advantage.

Closer to the break, Zinsburger made a decisive save and kept the score 1-0, and immediately after the break the goal frame stopped Julia Gwynn’s shot.

It looked like those missed opportunities would prove costly as Austrian Barbara Dunst’s outrageous 40-yard shot hovered in the air and raced to the back of the net, but it also hit the crossbar, leaving her team unable to equalize by a close margin. .

“Immediately after the game came a difficult moment. Looking back, we can see that the team can be proud of how they played not only today, but throughout the tournament. We demanded everything from Germany,” said the head coach of the Austrian national team Irene Fuhrmann. according to UEFA.com

Four minutes later, another Austrian attack reached the timber frame before Germany missed two more chances of their own to comfortably secure a spot in the semi-finals.

After all, it may have been fitting that Popp – in punishing Zinsberger’s mistake – was the only one whose radar found the network confirming the German victory.

Germany celebrates reaching the semi-finals.

“We played against a very good team. A huge compliment to Austria. The game could have ended 6-3. We are happy to have won the match,” Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said, according to UEFA.com.

“We didn’t want to miss so many set pieces, but we did better in the second half. I still believe that we leave the field as well-deserved winners.”

Germany will now face the Netherlands or France on July 27 for a place in the final.