England 2-1 Spain: summary
Hosts England are through to the semi-finals of Euro 2022 after a hard-fought win over Spain, who finally found their stride after struggling through the group stage but ultimately fell short at the Amex Stadium. Deprived of Ballon d’Or holder Alexia Putellas and top scorer Jenni Hermoso, Spain nevertheless won the match against the Lionesses and led until the 85th minute Real Madrid striker Esther’s well-taken goalan industry product of club mate Athenea on the right, but Ella Toone equalized late in the game to extend the game.
Spain protested vehemently that there had been a foul on captain Irene Paredes in the build-up to Toone’s point-blank volley but VAR disagreed. Backed by their late breakaway and an almost capable Amex, England took the lead thanks to a magnificent strike from Georgia Stanwaythe Bayern Munich midfielder heads into the Spanish area and unleashes an unstoppable shot.
Introducing Amaiur Sarriegiwho scored 12 goals in 12 caps before the game gave Spain a boost but a hugely experienced England side, anchored by Lucy Bronze and Mille Wright, held on to reach the last four at home, leaving the ‘Spain wonder which could have been had Athenea and Amaiur been included in the starting XI.