England thrash Sweden to win Euro 2022 final spot

Instead, he waited for his opportunity, taking the lead over Beth Mead, the tournament’s leading scorer, just after half an hour. For the other team, it might have been a signal to sit back, hunch over, and bite the bullet. But this is not the path of Wigman, and therefore of England.

At half-time, the stadium announcer stated that “Under the present circumstances, England are going to the final”. It seemed a bit arrogant, a statement that could be seen as a source of regret, albeit not for long. Within four minutes of the start of the second half, Lucy Bronze doubled the lead, her header agonizingly slow drifting past Lindahl’s jump.

Looking back, that goal would have been enough, but at the time it wasn’t enough to be sure. It was only through Rousseau’s improvisational, instinctive brilliance that the crowd and players could relax. A few minutes later, Fran Kirby, the creative heart of England, fired on goal. She also participated in one of the biggest games of her career. She also knew it was serious.

Still, she opted for the condescending option, lifting the slender arcuate counter right out of Lindal’s reach, knocking it off her gloves and into the net behind her. This was what the player tries to do when he, despite the situation in which he finds himself, is having fun.