Published 26 July 2022 5 min read
England Women's Senior Team

England 4-0 Sweden - UEFA Women's EURO 2022 semi-final report

Written by:

Tom Harle

  • B. Mead (34′)
  • L. Bronze (48′)
  • A. Russo (68′)
  • F. Kirby (76′)
  • G. Stanway (85′)
FULL TIME
UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Semi-Final
Tuesday 26 July, 08:00 PM Bramall Lane
4 0
HT: 1 - 0
  • N. Björn (73′)
Lionesses seal their place in the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Final at Wembley after stunning victory in Sheffield
27 Jul 2022 2:29

Highlights: England 4-0 Sweden


See the best of the action as the Lionesses seal victory on a thrilling night in Sheffield

PLAY WOMEN'S & GIRLS' FOOTBALL

England roared through to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final, after a stunning semi-final win over Sweden in Sheffield.

Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby all struck for the Lionesses on an unforgettable night at Bramall Lane.

Sweden bossed the early stages but Mead’s sixth goal of the tournament just past the half-hour mark settled nerves.

Bronze doubled the lead with a fine header early in the second half before super sub Russo brilliantly backheeled home and Kirby added sheen to the scoreline.

Sarina Wiegman has led the Lionesses to their third EURO final and thus ended a run of three successive defeats in major tournament semi-finals.
Mead strikes home the opening goal at Bramall Lane to put the Lionesses on their way
Mead strikes home the opening goal at Bramall Lane to put the Lionesses on their way
England will now face either Germany or France in Sunday’s sell-out final at Wembley Stadium.

The Sheffield atmosphere was crackling from the word go with the crowd of 28,624 a record for a EURO semi-final.

And Mary Earps was called into action within seconds, making a stunning low save with her feet to deny Sofia Jakobsson.

The tempo was frenetic early on and England came close at the other end when Mead headed narrowly wide from a Leah Williamson cross.

Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius twice came close to opening the scoring, first miscuing when through on goal and then striking the bar from six yards with a header.
England rode out the pressure and struck a crucial blow on 34 minutes.

Bronze recovered a loose ball on the right and found Mead in the middle, who took a perfect first touch and quickly swept a shot past Hedvig Lindahl to open the scoring.

Quarter-final hero Georgia Stanway broke purposefully from midfield and had several shots at the spectacular, taking the ball down on her chest and volleying over.

The Lionesses began the second half with bristling intent and doubled their lead within moments of the restart.

Mead’s high corner found Bronze at the back post and her bullet header bounced between bodies and nestled in the right-hand corner, sending Bramall Lane wild.
Alessia Russo celebrates her audacious back-heeled goal, after coming off the bench to make it 3-0
Alessia Russo celebrates her audacious back-heeled goal, after coming off the bench to make it 3-0
It was so nearly three on 56 minutes when substitute Russo burst down the right and fizzed perfectly across goal, where Mead could only graze the crossbar from point blank.

Peter Gerhardsson shuffled his pack with substitutions and Sweden stirred when Blackstenius’s inventive near-post effort forced Earps to claw over with a stunning one-handed save.

England continued to threaten and the ultimate icing on the cake was duly delivered on 68 minutes.

Kirby broke through and cut back for Russo, whose initial effort was straight at Lindahl but she pounced on the rebound and backheeled impudently through the keeper’s legs.

And Kirby got the goal her play throughout the game deserved, as she latched onto a through ball and Lindahl could only spill her high effort into the net.

It was nearly five in injury time when Russo nearly latched onto a teasing Lauren Hemp cross - but the damage was done and England have a shot at glory on Sunday.

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