Have your say on Euro 2022
Peter Gerhardsson speaks
“It’s fantastic to play a semi-final again, in front of an audience like this – we’re going to enjoy it. Even though we’re not at home, we like to play in front of people, so that’s not a problem for us.
Sarina Wiegman speaks
” We are ready. We talked about every part of the game. We want [impose] our style of play, but things can happen in the game – things can go well, things can be difficult. We will try to stick to our plan, do our best and stay together, and I hope it will bring us success.
“I was not there [for the other semi-final defeats], it’s history. I think right now we are in a very good position. Everyone is in good shape; everyone plays their game and delivers on and off the pitch. I just hope we play to our strengths.
“For various reasons I couldn’t watch England’s march to the semi-finals, and they did pretty well in my absence,” said Adam Griffiths. “My worry is I’m going to bewitch them if I watch tonight, and I really want to watch, and we can’t have that. What should be done ?
I think, and I say this with love, it’s time to grudgingly accept that your influence on this game is exactly the same as mine: the square root of bugger all.
Watch the match abroad (II)
“I don’t know if this will help Emma Hartfield but I will watch the match on uefa.tv,” wrote Travis Giblin. “I don’t know what the international rights are in Europe, but this is my response from Canada.”
What does’nt kill your tournament dreams makes you stronger
“Hej from Sweden Rob,” says Julien Menz. “Watching with the in-laws, and I got an in-depth discussion from my seven-year-old daughter (born in Sweden) about who I’m supporting. It was really amazing to see the level of coverage given to the tournament and to see her having role models she can relate to. Come on/Heja Svengland!”
It looks like the tournament has already had a profound impact in England, so God knows how great the legacy will be if they win it.
Watch the game abroad
Can anyone help?
“Is there a link to watch or listen to the game for anyone on vacation please?” writes Emma Hartfield (near Malaga where it is still 34 degrees at 8:15 p.m.). “We have four girls aged 4-13 (plus four enthusiastic adults) who are looking to cheer on the Lionesses. Thanks!”
In case you’ve been to a digital retreat at the Kerguelen Islands last week, here’s how England and Sweden reached the semi-finals.
The case of England
- They had two more days off.
- Their return against Spain, after being dominated for a long time, will make them feel invincible.
- They are unbeaten in 18 games under Sarina Wiegman.
- Sarina Wiegman.
- They know a number of Swedish WSL players.
- He’s going home !
The case of Sweden
- They are second in the world ranking.
- They know how to win semi-finals (if not necessarily finals).
- Apart from penalties, they are undefeated in 34 Games.
- Their record against England: 15 wins, three losses.
- A number of their team know England’s WSL players.
- It’s coming home!
David Squires in Genieand his quarter-final record is up to par.
“Waiting for the Sheffield rain to stop (hopefully) before we get to the game,” says Chris Boyle. “How concerned are you with England’s schooling from Spain for most of the previous encounter? Still baffled by the familiarity of so many men’s defeats (accepting, above all, that the Lionesses didn’t have not been eliminated).
Not massively, mainly because Spain are a unique team that can do that to anyone. And if you win a game like that, after struggling for so long, it must create new pathways in the brain. England are a better team than a week ago.
I still think this game is 50/50, but the way England went on last week doesn’t really bother me.
England (4-1-4-1) Ears ; Bronze, brilliant, Williamson, Daly; Walch; Mead, Stanway, Kirby, Hemp; White.
Subs: Hampton, Roebuck, Greenwood, Carter, Stokes, Scott, Parris, Kelly, England, Toone, Wubben-Moy, Russo.
Sweden (4-2-3-1) Lindahl; Ilestedt, Sembrant, Eriksson, Glas; Angeldal, Bjorn; Jakobsson, Asllani, Rolfo; Blackstenius.
Subs: Falk, Musovic, Andersson, Nilden, Kullberg, Hurtig, Blomqvist, Seger, Rytting Kaneryd, Bennison.
Arbitrator Esther Staubli (Switzerland).
All that gumption about Alex Greenwood and Ella Toone was a waste of time: Sarina Wiegman named the same XI that started every game in this tournament.
Sweden have two changes from the team that beat Belgium on Friday. Sofia Jakobsson replaces Johanna Rytting Kaneryd on the right wing, and Hanna Glas, available after contracting Covid, replaces Amanda Nilden. Captain Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson are fit enough for the bench.
This is a great profile of Sarina Wiegman, an extraordinary who for much of the last month* seemed to be the quietest person in England.
* Except for a few minutes right after the game against Spain.
Sweden team guide
If you want to learn more about the Swedish squad, which is packed with stars like Barcelona’s Frida Rolfo and Real Madrid’s Kosovare Asllani, this interactive guide is tailor-made for you.
Or, if you prefer, you can read this dossier on how to stop Sweden – written by Sweden’s own match analyst. I don’t invent anything.
It’s raining quite heavily in Bramall Lane, although the forecast is better for kick-off. I have no idea of the moral of this story.
May the best team win tonight. But above all, that no one is robbed by VAR.
Ellen White or Alessia Russo? It’s white for me. And, most importantly, for Anita Asante.
First news from the team
Sarina Wiegman has chosen the same XI throughout the tournament, but there is a growing feeling that she will make at least one change tonight. Alex Greenwood for Rachel Daly and/or Ella Toone for Fran Kirby are the obvious options. There’s also a case for Alessia Russo fronting Ellen White, though I think the current roles suit them just fine.
Sweden struggled with injuries and Covid throughout the tournament. Hanna Glas and Emma Kullberg, who missed out on the tense quarter-final win over Belgium, are available again, while Caroline Seger should at least be among the substitutes. We don’t yet know if Jonna Andersson will play – or if their coach Peter Gerhardsson will opt for 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3.
England (4-1-4-1) Ears ; Bronze, brilliant, Williamson, Greenwood; Walch; Mead, Stanway, Kirby, Hemp; White.
Sweden (4-2-3-1) Lindahl; Ilestedt, Sembrant, Eriksson, Glas; Angeldal, Bjorn; Kaneryd, Asllani, Rolfo; Blackstenius.
Preview of Louise Taylor’s big game
Hello and welcome to live coverage of – aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! – England v Sweden in the semi-finals of Euro 2022. Listen, it’s not out of the language, it wouldn’t look great on a movie poster and it might even be an oxymoron, but England are coming again from the penultimate frontier. After three straight semi-final defeats, all involving different types and degrees of grief, they have another shot at reaching their first grand final since 2009.
This time it’s in their home tournament, which means that everything is exacerbated: hope, fear, excitement, goodwill, pressure, expectation, vertigo. Some people are already eyeing Sunday’s final and the chance to become England’s first women’s team to win a major tournament. But forget everything you’ve read about fate, or Sweden’s performance, or Beth Mead’s flammability: this game is about as damn near 50/50 as hell.
Sweden are a fantastic team, second in the world rankings – and at the Olympics last year, when they lost on penalties to Canada in the final. The last time England hosted the European Championship, in 2005, they were knocked out in the group stage by, you bet, Sweden.
The winners of tonight’s game will face either France or Germany at Wembley on Sunday. Losers will spend their summer vacation trying to escape one of life’s most haunting questions: what if?
To start up 8 p.m.