England are through to the semifinals at the ongoing UEFA European Women’s Championship after Georgia Stanway scored a stunner in extra time to help her team secure a 2-1 comeback win over Spain. Bayern Munich forward Stanway scored the winner in the first half of extra time at the expense of Spain to ensure that hosts England stay alive in their quest to rule womens soccer in Europe for the first time.
As far as the UEFA European Women’s Championship is concerned,England have never been champions though they have lost two finals. In the maiden addition in 1984, they were beaten by Sweden on penalties after the two teams played an aggregate scoreline of 1-1 in two games. The Swedish team won thanks to a 4-3 victory during penalty shootout at the end of the second game. At the 2009 edition in Finland, Germany won their fourth title in a row by beating England 6-2 in the final. The Germans then won two more titles to make it six in a row before their reign over womens soccer in Europe ended at the 2017 edition in the Netherlands. Hosts Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 in the final to rule womens soccer in Europe for the first time.
In the first quarterfinal at the ongoing UEFA European Women’s Championship, England and Spain played a goalless first half. The Spaniards then took the lead through Real Madrid striker Esther Gonzalez Rodriguez nine minutes into the second half. Spain were heading for the last four before Manchester United attacker Ella Toone came off the bench for Chelsea star Fran Kirby to score the equaliser for England with six minutes left of normal time. Her goal forced extra time thus paving the way for Stanway to decide the game played at the Brighton Community Stadium on Wednesday night.
After seeing off Spain in the first quarterfinals, England will take on the winner of the third quarterfinal clash between favourites Sweden and Belgiumin the semifinals.