The key events:
48 minutes Batlle’s shot from the edge of the box deflects and lights up the face of goal. Spain made a good start to the second half.
46 minutes A first half chance for Germany, with Popp on a left corner. She towered over Paredes but couldn’t guide the header to the target.
46 minutes Peeppeep! Germany start the second half.
A half-time change for Germany Lena Lattwein replaces Lina Magull.
Reading at halftime
Ruthless, efficient, German: Germany was all of this and more. Spain played well for much of a great first half, but Sandra Panos’ horrific error led to an early goal for Klara Buhl, and Alex Popp headed in a second shortly before halftime .
44 minutes Right-back Gwinn wanders upfield, receives possession at the edge of the area and strikes a left-footed shot that deflects wide. The resulting corner is volleyed wide by the blind Huth beyond the far post.
42 minutes So far, Germany has done a little number on Spain. You have the ball, we will score the goals.
40 minutes A stray ball returns to Bonmati at the entrance to the area. She teases a first-time chip on Frohms who drifts just yards from the far post. I think it was a knock rather than a cross; anyway, it was close.
38 minutes This is, almost unbelievably, Alex Popp’s first start in a European Championship match. She missed the 2013 and 2017 tournaments through injury and started Friday’s game against Denmark on the bench.
This was the simplest of goals: a corner from Rauch on the right and a decisive header from Popp that deflected Patri and into the net. I suspect he would have entered without the diversion.
Alex Popp makes two!
34 minutes Mariona sends a good pass to Patri, 20 meters from the goal. She turns, moves into the area, and cuts a waist-high cross that flashes across the face of the goal. Moments later, after a few crisper passes, Sheila Garcia slaps a half-volley over the bar from 12 yards out. She had to take it early so it wasn’t the easiest chance.
32 minutes Bonmati and Lucia Garcia exchange passes at the edge of the German zone. Bonmati has a chance to shoot but instead tries to find Sheila Garcia in the space to his right. The pass is blocked and Germany averts the danger.
31 minutes If it stays like this, and I know it’s a big if, Spain will need a draw with Denmark to qualify for the quarter-finals.
27 minutes Rauch is booked for cynically blocking Sheila Garcia, which means she will miss the game against Finland on Saturday. Maria Leon’s free kick is courageously taken at the near post by Popp.
25 minutes Germany no longer have the ball now. Magull dances into space to the left of the area and throws a dangerous ball across the face of the goal. There was nobody inside.
23 minutes It’s a very high class game, the best I’ve seen so far (even if I missed Sweden against the Netherlands). England are going to have a tough quarter-final no matter what.
20 mins Buhl flips Batlle upside down on the left, and again Paredes comes forward to clear the danger. Spain were excellent with the ball but they look vulnerable in defence. A few moments later, Dabritz’s shot from 20 meters is well blocked by Aleixandri.
18 min: Right next to Mariona! It was a brilliant effort. After a few quicker passes from Spain, Mariona took a quick throw-in, on the edge of the D, then fired an early shot that beat Frohms’ dive and curled past the far post.
17 minutes Passes completed so far: Germany 16-Spain 101.
16 minutes “Bühl as you want, it ends”, jokes Peter Oh.
15 minutes Spain start to move the ball with their usual snap. After a long spell of possession, Patri makes room for a long-range shot which is comfortably saved to his right by Frohms.
13 minutes “The Spain manager bears a striking resemblance to Gareth Southgate,” says Charles Antaki, “so his expression of pent-up grief looks very familiar, in a way.”
The story will be very kind to Southgate and her pent up grief. Probably Jorge Vilda too, although I’ll get back to you on that in a few weeks.
10 min: Chance for Spain! It should be 1-1. Patri delivered a brilliant first-time pass to put Lucia Garcia on goal. She rounded Frohms but took the ball slightly wide and her shot hit the side netting.
7 minutes Magull picks up a loose ball and storms into the area, but Paredes reads the game beautifully and comes in to intercept. Germany look dangerous, and not just when Spain have the ball.
4 minutes John Beck’s Cambridge have never conceded a goal like this, done and done.
When the tiki-taka goes away wrong. Panos, the Spanish goalkeeper, played a lazy pass directly to Klara Buhl, 12 yards from goal. She controlled it deftly, scooted away from Paredes and landed a left foot low kick into the far corner. It was an emphatic finish, but a horrible moment for Panos.
Germany take the lead after a howl from Sandra Panos!
1 minute Peeppeep! Spain, kicking from right to left, kicks off this great match.
Here come the players. It’s a sweltering evening in West London, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees. A good night to let the ball do its job, as Spain wants.
Another news today: Vivianne Miedema tested positive for Covid. She will miss the Netherlands game against Portugal tomorrow, and probably the final group game against Switzerland on Sunday. Covid is starting to have an undesirable impact on this tournament.
Here is Maryam Naz’s report on Denmark 1-0 Finland
Sid Lowe match preview
Spain have never beaten Germany before, so they are chasing a bit of history tonight.
Denmark beat Finland 1-0 early in the game. You’ll never believe who scored the goal.
A forced change for Germany. Alex Popp, who came off the bench to score against Denmark, replaces Lea Schuller, suffering from Covid. Popp will also serve as team captain.
Spain made some changes. Laia Aleixandri and Sheila Garcia replace Irene Guerrero and Esther Gonzalez. This likely means Patri Guijarro will move from No.6 to No.8 and Lucia Garcia from right wing to centre-forward.
Germany (4-3-3) Frohms; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Oberdorf, Dabritz, Magüll; Huth, Popp, Buhl.
Replacements: Schult, Berger, Kleinherne, Lattwein, Lohmann, Freigang, Anyomi, Dallmann, Wassmuth, Brand, Doorsoun-Khajeh.
Spain (4-1-2-3) panoramic; Batlle, Paredes, Leon, Ouahabi; Alexander; Bonmati, Patri; S Garcia, L Garcia, Mariona.
Subs: Gallardo, Misa, Ivana Andres, Guerrero, Esther Gonzalez, del Castillo, Cardona, Sarriegi, Abelleira, Carmona, Pereira, Pina.
Arbitrator Stephanie Frappart (France).
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Germany v Spain at Brentford Community Stadium. The book says it’s a group game, but it feels so much grander – not so much because of what’s at stake, but because of the quality of the two teams. With the exception of Sweden versus the Netherlands, this is the biggest Euro 2022 game so far.
Germany, serial winners of this competition, were quite impressive in demolishing Denmark 4-0 on Friday. Spain recovered from an early shock to beat Finland 4-1, but tonight will give us a better idea of their pH levels – how much they depend on injured Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermoso, and whether they are still serious contenders in their absence. The Germans are also missing a star player tonight: Lea Schuller, who tested positive for Covid.
It is natural, given the class of the two teams, to see this match as an opportunity to put down a marker for the rest of the tournament, rather than a simple source of three points. But assuming qualification is dangerous, and anything less than a win for Spain, in particular, would leave them vulnerable to a potential sting in their final group game.
One more thing. Group B runners-up face England in the quarter-finals a week from tomorrow; all things being equal, this will be one of those teams. It’s a luscious subplot for an already appetizing game.
To start up 8pm BST.