Women’s UEFA EURO 2022: Eight-time German champions reach the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Spain

An early goal by Clara Buehl calmed the German side at Brentford Community Stadium before Alexandra Popp doubled the lead later in the first half.

A clinical victory means that with a game remaining, Germany have advanced to the next stage of the tournament, finishing first in Group B.

Buehl said the team were “very happy and proud” to have advanced to the next stage, with Germany manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg praising her team’s spirit.

“It was exactly the spirit that everyone thinks about in the German national team, but tactically it was also a great performance,” she said. according to the Guardian. “Some players may have been cursing because they didn’t touch the ball much, but were rewarded with two goals.”

Spain were announced as one of the favorites ahead of the tournament, primarily due to the success of the Barcelona women’s team as one of Europe’s dominant club teams.

However, despite an impressive 4-1 victory over Finland in the first leg, Spain’s chances in this year’s tournament were hit hard ahead of the tournament.

2021 Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas tore her left anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the team will be without their most fit player along with all-time top scorer Jenny Hermoso after she was also ruled out with a knee injury .

And on Tuesday evening, the absence of a couple was acutely felt. Despite having 70% possession of the ball, La Roja failed to convert any of the chances they created, lacking an offensive advantage without their two-star offensive weapons.

On the other hand, Germany was ruthless when it counted.

Despite all the accurate transfer to Spain, it was a mistake with the ball that gave Germany the first goal. A bad pass from Spanish goalkeeper Sandra Paños landed squarely on Buhl, who fired right on target and gave Germany the lead within the first five minutes.

And just a few minutes before the break, Germany doubled their advantage, and Popp struck a header from a corner.

Popp, who missed both Euro 2013 and Euro 2017, only returned in March after an extended injury hiatus, but this is her second goal in so many games when she scored against Denmark in the first leg.

While Germany have progressed to the next round and will avoid Group B top-seeded host England, Spain’s future participation hangs in the balance.

On Saturday, in the last group game, he will face Denmark, where the winner will finish second and progress, while the loser will go home.

“Hopefully it will help us in the next game and in the future,” Spain coach Jorge Vilda said. “We have to prepare mentally. After the goal, we probably had our best 30 minutes.”

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