UEFA Women’s Euro Quarter-final Preview: Will Austria’s Fairytale Run Continue

first_imgWith about a week to the end of the UEFA Women’s EURO in the Netherlands, the stage is now set for the knockout rounds in which no team would have a second chance.Holders Germany, Denmark, Netherlands (hosts) , Sweden, Austria, Spain, England and France are the only teams left in the spotlight as the tournament gets even more intense with its air of unpredictability.Of course it might seem ridiculous to think that Denmark will serve fans an upset against Germany in today’s second quarter final – the Germans do not only reign supreme in the Women’s EURO as a whole, but also in their 21 meetings with the Danes, having 12 wins to their name and leading 44-17 in goals.However, Steffi Jones charges have been far from convincing in the Netherlands especially in front of goal and they have had to depend on penalties for three of their four goals so far.In the earlier quarter final of today, a sold-out crowd is expected to witness if the Netherlands can progress to the semi finals of the Women’s EURO for a second time in three appearances. The Dutch side have not lacked the immense home advantage that comes with being hosts and they won all their group games as a show of gratitude. Now, Sweden – who finished second to Germany in Group B – stand in the Netherlands way of taking the next big step on home soil.Austria are definitely the surprise package of the tournament. Who would have thought the newbies would beat favourites France to the top of Group C.And their fans are already hoping for a semi-final place considering that Spain – their last eight opponents – only managed to squeeze themselves through with three points.That match on Sunday will be followed by the big encounter between England and France. The Lionesses have roared their way to this stage in emphatic fashion, scoring the highest number of goals (10) and conceding just one. While France on the other hand have huffed and puffed with one win and two draws.However, in this tie England will be looking to beat France for the first time since 1974.So much to look forward to in the quarter finals of the Women’s EURO in the Netherlands. And the show starts tonight!FIXTURES:July 29Netherlands vs Sweden – 18:00Germany vs Denmark – 20:45July 30Austria vs Spain – 18:00England vs France – 20:45 Relatedlast_img read more

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Paul Pogba misses penalty as Manchester United draw 1-1 with Wolves

first_img Source: talkSPORT Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as Wolves fought back to claim a 1-1 draw.Although it puts an end to the Molineux hoodoo for the Red Devils, Paul Pogba had the chance to win the game for the visitors but saw his penalty saved by Rui Patricio.For Wolves, it is another point gained from their second fixture of the season as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side recovered from a goal down thanks to a stunner from Ruben Neves.VAR threatened to chalk the Portugal international’s stunning strike off, but thankfully the talk tomorrow morning will all be about the remarkable equaliser.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Daniel James his first start for Manchester United after his goalscoring debut against Chelsea last weekend, and the Wales international made a difficult start.James was booked for diving by referee Jon Moss as the visitors tried to cut through the Wolves defence, which they managed to do in style with 27 minutes on the clock.Multiple players were involved in a fast break down the United left, resulting in Rashford sliding in Anthony Martial to rifle a fine finish into the top left-hand corner – his 50th for the club.Wolves brought on Adama Traore for Matt Doherty at the break – a change that quickly brought about their best opening of the match.Jesse Lingard missed a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the other end, before Traore won a free-kick on the edge of the box.Harry Maguire was angry with the substitute for the way he went down and Raul Jimenez glanced a header off the far post from the resulting set piece.It was a warning shot across the bows that United failed to heed, with Neves soon sending a beautiful strike through a crowd that went in off the underside of the bar to send Molineux wild.Delight became anger as referee Jon Moss pointed to his ear as the video assistant referee checked for offside, before the goal was awarded.United eventually regained their composure and fine footwork from Pogba drew a foul from Wolves captain Conor Coady, with a penalty awarded to United.Pogba stepped up for the spot-kick and Rui Patricio stopped his thumping effort to the delight of the home faithful.It was the World Cup winner’s fourth missed penalty in the Premier League since the start of last season – more than any player in the competition over that period.Leander Dendoncker directed over on a Wolves break and Maguire caused David De Gea a problem with an undercooked back-pass.Solskjaer brought on Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira for the closing stages, but it ended 1-1 at Molineux.last_img read more

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