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Sweden waits late to book Euro 2022 semi-final with hosts England

Sweden set up a Euro 2022 semi-final showdown with the hosts England after scratching Belgium with an unconvincing 1-0 win secured by a dramatic late winner.

Linda Sembrant scored two minutes in added time at Leigh Sports Village as the tournament’s top-ranked side finally made their dominance count.

Extra time seemed a certainty after Peter Gerhardsson’s side, who had a first-half goal from Stina Blackstenius ruled out for offside following a VAR review, squandered a host of chances. lionesses Tuesday evenings at Bramall Lane in Sheffieldwith a place in the Wembley final on the line.

Speedy Swedes recovery needed after grueling evening

Magdalena Eriksson, left, celebrates with her full-time teammates, including match winner Linda Sembrant, second right (Tim Goode/PA)

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Sweden defender Magdalena Eriksson admitted a tense evening against the Belgians was a severe mental challenge and revealed she was on the verge of tears after the decisive goal.

The Chelsea player says her side need to recover physically quickly before facing England.

“It will be an extremely difficult match for us,” the 28-year-old told the BBC. “England have been amazing so far in the tournament.

“I know all the players they have, they’re extremely talented players so we’re going to have to really be on that. Now it’s about recovering, freshening up and playing them on Tuesday.

Is Dutch star Gunner ready?

The final quarter-final of the competition will see the Netherlands take on France on Saturday night in Rotherham for the right to take on Germany in the last four.

Prolific Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema has missed the defending champions’ last two group games due to Covid-19 but could be back to lead their attack after resuming training.

Head coach Mark Parsons offered an upbeat update on the Arsenal star on Friday.

“I’m spreading as much positive energy and optimism as possible, but we have to see,” he said. “There’s a chance she’ll be available because things are going well, but we have to check those last boxes.”

“Oppressed” France wants to go down in history

France head coach Corinne Deacon, centre, prepares to face the Netherlands in Rotherham (Nick Potts/PA)

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France have reached the quarter-final stage for the fourth consecutive Euros, but they have never been further.

Les Bleues beat the Dutch 3-1 in a friendly in February, but head coach Corinne Deacon insists her side are being overlooked as they try to create a little piece of history.

“The Netherlands are the starters and if one of us is the favourite, it should be them,” she said. “As everyone keeps telling us: we’ve never made it past the quarter-finals so we can hardly be favourites.”

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She is a world class player capable of holding the ball and eliminating an entire team. It is normal for a trainer to want to keep this (their condition) a secret.

France captain Wendie Renard on Vivianne Miedema

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Sweden waits late to book Euro 2022 semi-final with hosts England

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