Germany, Sweden Reach Euro Championship Semi-Finals

تم نشره في Wed 26 July / Jul 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan's second-half penalty ensured victory for Germany in a game they dominated

Germany took a step closer to a seventh consecutive European Championship title as they beat Russia 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Women's Euro 2017.

The holders progress as Group B winners and will face Group A runners-up Denmark in the last eight.

Sweden took second spot behind the Germans despite losing 3-2 to already eliminated Italy in Doetinchem.

Spirited Italy led three times in a five-goal thriller, dashing Sweden's hopes of taking top spot.

The Swedes - ranked ninth in the Fifa world rankings - will face hosts the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Sweden, who held Germany to a goalless draw in their opening game and were top on goal difference before Tuesday's matches, fell behind to Daniela Sabatino's neat finish.

Lotta Schelin quickly levelled from the penalty spot for the Olympic silver medallists, but Brescia forward Sabatino's placed volley restored the Italians' lead before the break.

Soon after half-time, Stina Blackstenius turned in substitute Fridolina Rolfo's right-wing cross to equalise, and Sweden pushed for a winner.

But Blackstenius hit the post with a close-range header and Italy punished that miss, with Cristiana Girelli's far-post finish earning their first points of the competition.