Germany beat Spain and moved on to the quarter-finals.

The eight-time European champions, Germany, defeated Spain to win Group B and avoid a quarterfinal meeting with England, the hosts in 2022.

When Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos’ clearance landed directly to Klara Buhl, the German striker was able to score with a low shot.

Lucia Garcia had a great opportunity to equalise, but her shot went just wide of the far post.

Alex Popp, who returned to action in March after a 10-month absence due to a knee injury, scored a second goal.

A foot injury sidelined the Wolfsburg striker for both Euro 2013 and Euro 2017, but on Friday, she came off the match to score the fourth goal of the tournament in Germany’s 4-0 victory over Denmark.

Favourites for the tournament before the start In the event of tie-in points, Spain will face Denmark in the quarterfinals, and the winner will face England in the last eight, while the loser will be eliminated on the head-to-head rule.

The more significant goal difference will put Spain ahead of the United States if the game concludes in a tie.

The 8-0 the hammering of Norway by England on Monday was the most significant win in the tournament’s history for England, which was trying to win it for the first time.

Loss for Spain is the first in over a decade.

Earlier this week, Alexia Putellas, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner, underwent surgery in Barcelona after fracturing her anterior cruciate ligament in training three days before Spain’s opening match with Finland.

On Friday, Putellas underwent successful surgery on crutches as her team beat Milton Keynes 4-1. However, she will be out of action between 10 and 12 months.

As a result, she will almost certainly miss the 2022-23 season and the upcoming 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that will take place in July and August of that year.

The injury to Putellas was Spain’s second setback before the commencement of the competition, the first being the knee injury suffered by record goal scorer Jennifer Hermoso in June.

Spain could not score in any 12 efforts against the Germans, and both players were vastly underutilised.

They’d conceded early against Finland after only 50 seconds, and they did it again after only three minutes.

When the ball was given back to Panos, there appeared to be no danger, but her clearance hit Buhl, who took a touch to pull the ball away from Spain captain Irene Paredes before throwing a finish into the bottom corner.

When Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms misplayed the ball, Spain’s attacker Garcia missed from a tight angle. Patricia Guijarro and Mariona Caldentey also missed good scoring opportunities for the Spanish.

In front of 16,037 spectators at Brentford Community Stadium, Germany, ranked fifth in the world and two spots ahead of Spain had only 30% possession but scored from both of its attempts on target.

A 36th-minute header from Felicitas Rauch put the game beyond Spain for Popp, who started after Lea Schuller was ruled out after a positive Covid-19 test.

The Spaniards’ unbeaten streak ended, as they were defeated for the first time since the SheBelieves Cup in March 2020, when global champions, the United States, beat them.

leave a reply