Euro 2022 Women: Eight-time champions Germany through to quarter-finals with 2-0 victory over Spain


An early goal from Klara Bühl calmed the German side at the Brentford Community Stadium, before Alexandra Popp doubled the lead later in the first half.

The clinical win means Germany, with one game left to play, is through to the next stage of the tournament as they have taken first place in Group B.

Bühl said the team was “very happy and proud” to move on to the next stage, and German manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg praised the spirit on her part.

“It was exactly that spirit that everyone thinks of about the German team, but it was also a great tactical achievement,” she said, according to the Guardian. “Some players may have cursed for not touching the ball much, but they were rewarded with two goals.”

Spain was heralded as one of the favorites for the tournament, mainly due to the success of the Barcelona women’s team as one of Europe’s dominant clubs.

Despite impressing with a 4-1 win against Finland in the opening game, Spain’s chances at this year’s competition took a huge blow on the eve of the tournament.

2021 Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas tore her left anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the team would have to miss the most in shape player and top goalscorer of all time, Jenni Hermoso, after she was also ruled out with a knee injury.

And Tuesday night, the couple’s absence was well felt. Despite having 70% possession of the ball, La Roja was unable to capitalize on the goals it created, with no offensive advantage without his two-star attacking weapons.

And on the other hand, Germany was ruthless when it counted.

Despite all of Spain’s clever passes, it was a foul with the ball that gave Germany the first goal. A bad pass from Spanish goalkeeper Sandra Paños went straight to Bühl, who scored clinically on target to give Germany the lead within the first five minutes.

And just minutes before half-time, Germany doubled their lead as Popp went home from a corner.

Popp, who missed both Euro 2013 and 2017, only returned from a long-term injury in March, but it is her second goal in as many games after scoring in the opener against Denmark.

While Germany is through to the next round and will avoid first-place host England in Group B, Spain’s future participation is at stake.

It takes on Denmark in its final group stage match on Saturday, with the winner finishing second and progressing as the loser heads home.

“I hope this will help us for the next game and for the future,” said Spanish manager Jorge Vilda. “We have to prepare mentally. After the goal we may have played our best 30 minutes.”

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