19 mins: Popp is fouled and Germany is back in possession, but not for long. Austria completes it again, nods midfield ball. The Germans wrestle back and a pinpoint ball to Buhl ends in a corner. Smoke picks up again, but it goes into a different corner. Germany takes it short, but Zinsberger lashes out.
17 mins: Germany have a goal kick after Hickelsberger-Fuller causes more headaches for German defenders. The commentators seem surprised by this, but that’s exactly how they played against Norway, ruining their opponents’ chances and increasing the pressure. Here the pressure is back with a free kick after a foul, Hanshaw slams it in and Germany doesn’t handle it well! Austria has so much space, but it will eventually be vacated.
14 mins: Dunst slams the ball into the penalty area, Rauch heads to safety and concedes a corner. And that’s so close! Captain Schnaderbeck’s substitute, Georgieva, hits the post with her header! Germany look to the resulting corner, but Austria have had the best chance so far in this quarter.
12 mins: Oberdorf’s shoe on Billa gives Austria a free kick, it’s thundered in and Hanshaw wins a corner for her team with a clever play off the line. Dunst was the scorer but Germany’s defense forces the ball back to Zinsberger.
10 mins: Austria breaks and Hickelsberger-Fuller makes a great run. She finds herself in a one-on-one with Frohms, but her shot goes straight for the keeper. Germany counters immediately, Buhl sets up a perfect ball for Popp, but her shot sails over the bar. Billa gets a boot in the face, but she’s on her feet and fine.
8 mins: Germany put together great passages, but Austria’s defenders stick to them like glue. The Germans win a corner, Rauch is the taker, but Zinsberger confidently comes out to knock them out of the air.
6 mins: You play it from the back and run it all the way back to Frohms. Austria gets it back though and earns a throw-in. Some more set pieces for Austria are handled well by Germany, a slow start to the game but the teams look balanced.
4 mins: Austria weathers another German storm but Hanshaw is almost muscular. Again Germany pushes forward and Hegering is fouled by Zadrazil, a German free kick comes in a not too dangerous position.
2 minutes: Germany has an early throw-in and leads to their first chance, which is blocked by Hanshaw. Buhl gets the ball back with more blocks. Austria’s defenders will get to work tonight.
Here we go! This knockout match will be kicked off…
Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence for Germany’s legend Uwe Seeler, who sadly passed away.
Brentford are lively tonight as a huge roar greets players as they run ahead of the anthems. It’s tense, the teams are fully focused and no love will be lost here.
The teams are about to appear! All the action starts in 10 minutes, are you excited? I hum
Whoever wins tonight will be confronted either France or defending champions Netherlands in the semifinals.
Everything is at stake! Who do you think will win? I predict a 2-1 victory for Germany.
As we prepare for the second quarterfinals Let’s take a quick look back at the first of this landmark tournament.
England made a comeback against an impressive Spanish side and won 2-1 in extra time. It was interesting to hear the reactions from both camps today, so I’ll leave those bits below for you to take a look for yourself:
Irene Fuhrmann knows what her team has to do to beat Germany – have the perfect game.
“They hardly have any weaknesses, they have such a good squad,” she said. “If we want to win tomorrow, we need an absolutely great performance.”
The team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2017 and their impressive run this year means other teams will be wary of them.
“It is clear that we are not underestimated now, but I think that we have definitely developed further, especially in possession,” said Fuhrmann, who resigned from the post of assistant coach two years ago. “We’re bolder, more confident and we still have the same qualities as we did in 2017. We’re still a group and have this absolute will to stay where we are, right down to the last minute. That is the recipe for success.”
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Written this week on supporting Euro 2022, Sophie said: “People have turned out in historic numbers, not just at the sold-out games in England but elsewhere as well.
“The attendance record for a game by a non-host country (without a final) has been broken three times. After 15 games, Uefa had surpassed the 240,045 tickets sold in 2017.”
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Alexandra Popp was Germany’s Euro 2022 standout star. She became the second player after Beth Mead to score in every group game.
She started the tournament on the bench but has earned a place in the starting squad, which continues tonight. Will she keep adding to her points tally? She needs two more to match Mead’s score, and three will take her to the top of the Golden Boot standings.
Both teams made changes but Austria has retained the greatest consistency.
They only made one change: Georgieva replaces the injured Schnaderbeck.
Austria starting XI: Zinsberger; Wienrother, Wenninger, Georgieva, Hanshaw; Hickelsberger, Puntigam, Feiersinger, Zadrazil; Haze, Billa
Germany, meanwhile, made four changes in the starting XI with Hendrich, Oberdorf, Rauch and Magull.
Germany starting XI: Frohm’s; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Magull, Dabritz, Oberdorf; Huth, Popp, Buehl
Welcome to the second quarter-finals of the Euro 2022 tournament and what a game we are treated to.
Germany vs Austria promises to be a thriller. The latter will go into the game as favourites, their EURO history and form in this competition is clear proof of why. After England conceded a goal against Spain last night, Germany became the last team in the tournament not to concede a goal. But Austrian Nicole Billa will try to break this statistic with thunderbolts.
Billa knocked Norway out of the competition with an impressive header last Friday and caused a big upset. Austria will be looking to achieve the same tonight and if their defense remains the iron wall it was in the group stage they could secure a half-place spot.
Austria have conceded just one goal in each group, remaining the only team that can beat England by just one goal. But if anyone upsets Irene Fuhrmann’s team, it’s Germany.
All the action in this Quarterfinals starts at 20:00 CET and the team news is online so stay tuned…