Germany – Austria 2:0: Magull and Popp shoot Germany into the semi-finals
The DFB women are in a EURO semi-final for the tenth time after a hard-fought win against Austria.
A goal from Lina Magull and a late goal from Alexandra Popp were enough for the German women to defeat Austria in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women’s EURO. The ÖFB women hit aluminum three times, the Germans failed twice on the rods. Germany remains without a goal in the tournament.
The game in brief: Popp puts the lid on
The German team found it very difficult in the first half against aggressive Austrians. They also had the first really good chance to score. 15 minutes into the game, Verena Hanshaw turned a dangerous corner on the far post from the right and Marina Georgieva headed in just off the left post.
Only gradually did the Germans gain a little more confidence in their game and promptly took advantage of their first opportunity. Klara Bühl conquered the ball on the left, passed in from the baseline, and Lina Magull put the ball precisely into the right corner from about ten meters.
The second half started much better than the first. After just a few seconds, Giulia Gwinn hit the left post from a half-left position after renewed strong preliminary work from Bühl. But the Austrians also remained dangerous. First, Barbara Dunst failed with a long-range shot from 30 meters on the crossbar, before Sarah Puntigam hit the left post with the right. After less than 60 minutes, Austria was already three times in the way of aluminum.
A little later, substitute Linda Dallmann had the chance to make a preliminary decision for Germany, but her lob went just over the goal. The DFB women continued to have better chances. A powerful shot from Bühl initially landed on the right crossbar, and a little later Bühl pushed the ball just past the left post. Alexandra Popp then scored the decisive goal in the last minute by blocking a tee shot by ÖFB goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger. The ball then tumbled over the line.
Player of the Match: Klara Bühl (Germany)
“Germany struggled to break through the Austrian block. But the player who kept finding creative opportunities was Bühl. She was always a threat when she got the ball in and around the penalty area. She created space between the strong Austrian defenders and created some chances.”
UEFA Technical Observer Team
Anna-Sophia Vollmerhausen, Germany reporter
The Germans had luck on their side tonight, which can often make the difference in a tournament. It wasn’t the most dominant performance and I expect there will be a lot to talk about tomorrow as the side haven’t been able to fully implement their game plan. However, she is through to the next round and will need to gather all her strength ahead of the semi-finals after a tough challenge against Austria.
Judith Tuffentsammer, Austria reporter
Austria kept up well for long stretches of the game and was able to create good chances against Germany. However, luck was not on their side: Georgieva and Puntigam each hit the post, while Dunst’s long-range effort smacked the crossbar. In the end, Irene Fuhrmann’s team could not prevail because of this. Still, the team showed what they’re capable of once again and exited the tournament with their heads held high.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Germany coach : “We played against a very good team. Big compliments to Austria. The game could have ended 6:3. It wasn’t quite as safe. In the second half we then did better.It was a great game and I’m happy we won 2-0.
Lina Magull, Germany midfielder : “It felt like a back and forth for the whole 90 minutes, a very, very intense game and a huge compliment to Austria. We expected them so much, they can fight without end, it’s a huge team spirit with those in the team, but also with us and I think you just saw that today.”
Alexandra Popp, Germany striker : “We deserved it and followed our plan even when the Austrians were strong. We continued to play forward and rewarded ourselves with the second goal.”
Irene Fuhrmann, Austria coach : “It’s a difficult moment right after the game. Looking back, the team can be very proud of how they played – not just today but throughout the tournament. We demanded everything from Germany .”
- Germany has become the first team to reach a EURO semi-final for the tenth time.
- Germany continues to have an impeccable record against Austria. After two wins in friendlies, the DFB team celebrated their first competitive win over their neighbors today.
- Germany have now won all ten previous games at EURO finals in England – with a goal difference of 30:3.
- Austria’s Sarah Zadrazil made her 100th international match, Kathrin Hendrich completed her 50th game for Germany.
- Alexandra Popp has scored for Germany in the last four EURO games in a row. This sets the German record set by Heidi Mohr.
- Germany remains without a goal even after the fourth tournament game.
Germany : Frohms – Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch (90th + 4 Kleinherne) – Magull (64th Dallmann), Oberdorf, Däbritz (64th Lattwein) – Huth (90th + 5 Lohmann), Popp, Bühl (83rd Fire)
Austria : Zinsberger – Wienroither, Wenninger, Georgieva, Hanshaw – Puntigam (Höbinger 81) – Hickelsberger-Füller (Naschenweng 72), Zadrazil, Feiersinger, Dunst – Billa (Makas 86)
Germany meets France or the Netherlands in the second semi-final on Wednesday 27 July at 9pm in Milton Keynes. The winners of this duel are nominally the away team in the final on Sunday 31 July at Wembley.
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