The story of victory and strong performance by the German women’s football team continued as the team reached the semi-finals of EURO 2022 on Thursday, having beaten Austria 2-0 in quarterfinal.
Lina Magull and Alexandra Popp scored the goals to put the German women’s football team in a winning position. Germany largely controlled the game, however, the Austrians proved to be the tough test many expected them to be. They touched the frame of the German goal three times and Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team can consider themselves very lucky not to have conceded in this match.
After hosts England scored their first goal of the tournament in their 2-1 quarter-final win over Spain, German goalkeeper Merle Frohms is now the latest starting goalkeeper to not concede a single goal. goal in the competition.
Despite the seemingly comfortable 2-0 scoreline, the truth is that Austria more than held on in the game and deserved to share the pitch with the eight-time Women’s EURO champions.
Although Germany started each half promisingly, in both halves it didn’t last long and they let Austria dictate more of the game. ermany scored suddenly on an Austrian defensive error, during arguably the most dangerous periods of their opponents’ game.
Germany’s second goal in particular fit this pattern. Popp took the ball and scored as Austrian goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger and her closest defender were too slow to play from the back.
The first goal of the game also came from a simple defensive error.
The old Gary Lineker quote comes to mind: “Football is a simple game: 22 men (in this case women) chase a ball for 90 minutes and, in the end, the Germans always win.”
The German team was simply ruthless in making the Austrians pay for these two mistakes in particular, when the latter lacked killer instincts. That’s exactly what you need to win these kinds of games.
This does not in any way mean that Germany did not deserve their victory. On the contrary, they were the best team, in control of the most relevant statistics. It was just that Austria seemed to be trying harder, looking more dangerous in attack than their opponents.
Germany will now face the winner of Saturday’s encounter between France and the Netherlands in Wednesday’s semi-final. Whichever team advances to face them, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side will need to improve a lot if they are to reach next Sunday’s final at Wembley, let alone win the tournament.
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