After England reached the semi-finals of Euro 2022 with a dramatic extra-time win over Spain on the Amex Stadium, how did Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses perform on her return to the dugout?
Dealt with a bit of luck however readily with Spain’s attacking play and was left with no danger from Esther Gonzalez’s intention. Nearly stuck out with the aid of Athenea del Castillo from what might also have been an unintended lob earlier than improving to scramble clean. Was often compelled by means of the Spain frontline however by means of and huge dealt with it comfortably.
Image:Mary Earps become left with no risk with the primary purpose she had conceded all event
Keen to get ahead down the proper flank, as continually. Didn’t link up with Beth Mead or Lauren Hemp as plenty as she has within the past, and determined lifestyles mainly tough earlier than 1/2-time up against Mariona Caldentey. Improved within the second duration, and as England searched for their equaliser have become increasingly more involved, and powerful, inside the final 0.33.
Strong inside the undertaking while called upon, but without the everyday lengthy-variety passing we’ve got seen her use so successfully in this tournament already. Only examined in element till Spain threw the kitchen sink at England in greater-time, and stood strong, blocking one Sarriegi effort in particular, to look them thru.
Caught out slightly by means of Gonzalez for the opener, although left with a lot to do while Rachel Daly changed into crushed. Like Bright, her long-range passing rarely featured and her radar across the backline become a touch nervy too. Stood robust along Bright to prevent Earps being bothered greater, mainly in more-time.
Image:Captain Leah Williamson did now not have her excellent recreation in a Lionesses shirt – however furnished a robust protecting unit alongside Millie Bright
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Dealt properly with Marta Cardona before half of-time, main to her removal at the destroy – but skinned so without difficulty via Del Castillo to make Gonzalez’s goal. Continued to warfare with the unreal at some point of the second one duration earlier than she became taken off.
Not anywhere near as influential as she can be for the Lionesses for a good deal of the sport and properly-shackled by using the Spain midfield – but as England snatched the momentum from Ella Toone’s equaliser, began to tug the strings after the sport opened up. Provided a excellent defensive screen alongside Georgia Stanway.
A show full of generally strong demanding situations and protective recognition to forestall Spain’s talented midfield trio from controlling ownership as they had been allowed to in different video games. And that intention… if there may be any time to hit a winner like that, it became tonight.
Image:Georgia Stanway turned into already taking part in a solid performance in midfield before popping up with a lovely winner
Not given the space or time to function inside the pockets of area she likes to drop into by way of the Spain midfield, and became replaced shortly after the hour mark having finished simplest 10 passes.
Unusually useless in the hyperlink-up with Bronze and converted to the left before half of-time. Still struggled to provide and unsurprisingly have become Wiegman’s first replacement.
Missed an early header from a appropriate Mead free-kick. Battled difficult and briefly seemed as though she may additionally have scored the opener earlier than the smash, however without Mead or Hemp round her in the field to feed off turned into regularly left isolated and without that aid became as an awful lot a sufferer of situation as whatever to be taken off.
Had plenty of power, but faced a hard night time up against Manchester United’s Ona Batlle. Largely negative from set-pieces, of which there were quite some. Repaid Wiegman’s faith in retaining her on with the cross which brought about the equaliser, in an otherwise surprisingly unfruitful overall performance.
Image:Lauren Hemp had a hard night on either flank – but furnished the move which caused England’s equaliserSubstitutes
Found life nearly as hard going as Hemp and Mead up towards Batlle, but was nevertheless extra of a presence at the right flank than individuals who had gone before her.
Alessia Russo (for White, 58) – 7
Added a little extra motion which were missing within the very last 1/3 simply with the aid of the fashion of her recreation, and made Toone’s equaliser with a deft cushioned header.
The girl of the instant – and what a moment. Right time, proper area to ship the in shape to extra-time with a groovy finish having already teed up Daly for what became England’s first shot on target of the sport.
Alex Greenwood (for Daly, 82) – 6
With Daly’s night only getting worse, supplied a constant affect at left-returned whilst it become needed. Questions whether she was added on for her capacity from set-performs, however she in no way truly got to exhibit them.
Jill Scott (for Walsh, 116) – n/a
Nikita Parris (for Hemp, 116) n/a