Tuesday, September 27

The best Spain was not enough

Irene Paredes and her teammates in the national team, devastated after the elimination of Spain. / ef

Quarter finals

La Roja, who submitted to the host England in their most complete match in recent years, remains out of the Eurocup semifinal in extra time

Spain had everything against it, and fell with honors. A team that had suffered in its three duels in the group stage against the one that had more placidly overcome that first leg of the European Championship, England. An insatiable team that came to the match in Brighton with the record of goals in favor (14) and not a single one against. On top of that, playing at home, driven by their fans, but it is already known that there are those who grow in the face of adversity.

La Roja grew so much that they deserved to go to the semifinal of the continental tournament after signing a match in which they dominated one of the great favorites, who until then had subdued their rivals with an iron fist. He was not daunted by the deafening atmosphere in the Community Stadium, where a few days ago the hosts had crushed Norway with the biggest win of the tournament (8-0). The locals repeated the same eleven of their three previous games. Jorge Vilda, for his part, decided to seat the former Athletic striker Lucía García on the bench, after having started in the group stage, returning the starting role to Esther. An eleven in which Tere Abelleira surprised, recruited due to the loss of Salma Paralluelo, and also the presence of the two protagonists of the solitary against Denmark, Olga Carmona and Marta Cardona. An approach that undoubtedly surprised England, and that made Spain look more offensive in the tournament.

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In minute three Cardona had already disturbed the goal defended by Earps. Then it was Mariona who tried her luck, with a shot from the edge of the area. La Roja was comfortable playing, without complexes, against a British team that, with Sarina Wiegman already directing it from the bench, after overcoming the coronavirus, had a hard time finding their attacking players. They only had five minutes of some dominance in the first half, with White’s goal disallowed for offside in the 37th minute.


Earps, Daly (Greenwood, min. 82), Williamson, Bright, Bronze, Stanway, Walsh (Scoot, min. 115), Kirby (Toone, min. 64), Mead (Kelly, min. 58), Hemp (Parris, min. 116) and White (Russo, min. 58).


Paños, Ona Batlle, Paredes, Mapi León, Olga Carmona, Aitana Bonmatí, Patri Guijarro, Abelleira (Aleixandri, min. 70), Cardona (Athenea del Castillo, min. 46), Esther González (Sheila García, min. 77) and Mariona (Amaiur, min. 100).

  • Goals:
    0-1: min. 54, Esther Gonzalez. 1-1: min. 83, Toon. 2-1: min. 96, Stanway.

  • Referee:
    Stefanie Frappart (France). She admonished Mapi León and Misa Rodríguez, who was on the bench.

  • Incidents:
    Women’s European Championship quarter-final match, played at the Community Stadium in Brighton. Full. 30,000 spectators.

After the break, Vilda brought on Athenea del Castillo in the right lane to add more bite. And boy did she do it. Eight minutes later, she put in a cross that Esther was responsible for transforming into the 0-1, the first goal that England received in their European Championship.

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controversial tie

The ‘Lionesses’ tried to put one more gear when they saw themselves behind on the scoreboard, hovering around Sandra Paños’ area, but Spain wanted more. The Cantabrian Athenea took a kick center that made the local parish nervous again, who saw how theirs were getting higher and higher in search of a tie. La Roja, more accustomed to seeing themselves in that situation in this tournament, knew how to endure, until the tie came in minute 83, in an isolated play, with a shot by Toone, in which Irene Paredes was called for a foul.

The Community Stadium woke up from its lethargy to try to avoid extra time, but the match was decided there. Stanway took a shoe in 96 against which nothing could be done by Cloths under the sticks, giving England the advantage for the first time. La Roja was entrusted to Amaiur Sarriegi, the second highest national scorer in the Spanish league, with number 14, the one that Alexia Putellas was going to wear, whom she replaced at the last minute on the list. She came out in the 100th minute, but neither she nor the rest of her teammates could force penalties.


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