Denmark and Spain vie for the right to play hosts England

Denmark and Spain will battle it out for the right to face hosts England in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 on Saturday.

The Group B rivals meet at the Brentford Community Stadium, with the Spaniards needing to draw to clinch second place behind Germany, who already know they will face Austria in the quarter-finals, while the Danes need to win to progress.

Here, the PA News Agency takes a look at what lies ahead as the tournament nears the knockout stage.

The final Countdown

Spain boss Jorge Vilda has ordered his players to leave nothing to chance as they try to book a showdown with England.

A point against Denmark will be enough to ensure they finish second in Group B, but Vilda is acutely aware of the dangers of playing for a draw in a match he has branded as the ‘final’.

He said in his pre-match press conference: “If you go out to draw or speculate on the outcome, it can go wrong. Tomorrow is a final that we want to win. That’s the only goal. »

D-Day for the Danes

Denmark must beat Spain to qualify for the last eight (Tim Goode/PA)

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Denmark coach Lars Sondergaard has urged his side not to be satisfied with what they have already achieved as they prepare for their clash with Spain.

The fact that the Danes are still in contention as the group stage draws to a close is a feat in itself, but Sondergaard is not yet ready for the adventure to end.

Speaking at his press conference, he said: “We are very happy to have come so far and to be able to play a decisive role in the last group game. But of course we would like to go further.

Finnish grandstand

Finland coach Anna Signeul is determined to come out on top (Tim Goode/PA)

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Only pride will be on the line when Group B winners Germany take on useless Finland at Stadium MK.

The Germans will meet the Austrians on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals after wins over Denmark and Spain in their opening two matches, but will be in no mood to relax as they try to maintain their momentum.

The Finns, on the other hand, will go home regardless of the results and will be desperate to sign with something tangible to show for their efforts.

Coach Anna Signeul said: “We want to finish with something good here at Milton Keynes.”

A-OK for England and Austria

England maintained their 100 per cent record top of Group A with a 5-0 victory over Northern Ireland on Friday night despite the absence of head coach Sarina Wiegman following a positive Covid-19 test.

The game was scoreless until four minutes before the break, but it was 4-0 within eight minutes of the restart thanks to goals from Fran Kirby and Beth Mead and a brace from substitute Alessia Russo before defender Kelsie Borrows only unwittingly stabs his own net with 14 minutes left. remaining.

Northern Ireland boss Kenny Shiels said afterwards: “It would be a huge failure if England didn’t win this tournament. Everyone should just go home.

Austria will join the Lionesses in the quarter-finals after a deserved 1-0 victory over two-time winners Norway thanks to a header from Nicole Billa in the first half at the AMEX Stadium.

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England players sing the national anthem ahead of their 5-0 Euro 2022 win over Northern Ireland (John Walton/PA)

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I told the players it was game of the year – but hopefully there will be another game of the year in a few days

Denmark coach Lars Sondergaard

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July 16

Group B: Finland – Germany (8 p.m., Stadium MK)

Group B: Denmark – Spain (8 p.m., Brentford Community Stadium)