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Document crowd sees England girls off to successful begin at Euro 2022

England´s striker Beth Mead (R) watches her shot loop over the goalkeeper for the opening aim of the UEFA Girls´s Euro 2022 Group A soccer match between England and Austria at Previous Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on July 6, 2022. No use as shifting photos or quasi-video streaming. Images should subsequently be posted with an interval of no less than 20 seconds. Picture: Afp

MANCHESTER: England bought their quest for Euro 2022 glory off to a successful begin as Beth Mead´s aim earned a 1-0 victory over Austria in entrance of a report crowd of 69,000 at Previous Trafford.

The attendance smashed the earlier finest for a match on the girls´s European Championship by almost 30,000.

And the overwhelming majority contained in the Theatre of Desires bought what they wished to see in an England victory even when Sarina Wiegman´s girls didn’t hit prime gear in opposition to a facet ranked twenty first on the earth.

Residence benefit is simply one of many explanation why England are thought-about among the many favourites to win their first ever main match within the girls´s recreation.

Wiegman, who led the Netherlands to victory at Euro 2017, is now unbeaten in 15 video games since taking cost in September.

The burden of expectation gave the impression to be weighing heavy on the hosts in a nervous begin.

Nonetheless, they kicked the match into life in type on 16 minutes when Fran Kirby´s lofted cross picked out Mead and the Arsenal ahead calmly lifted the ball over her membership teammate Manuela Zinsberger.

Carina Wenninger made a determined try to clear however the ball had simply crossed the road earlier than her she intervened.

England then settled into the rhythm that has seen them scores 85 objectives and concede simply three within the Wiegman period.

Ellen White ought to have added to her report 50 worldwide objectives for England when the Manchester Metropolis striker header large a tempting supply from Lauren Hemp.

Zinsberger then confirmed why she is one the most effective goalkeepers on the earth with an important cease to show Hemp´s effort over in first half stoppage time.

England´s energy in depth shone by means of in complete pre-tournament pleasant wins over Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

But, this time at triple change from Wiegman on the hour mark to introduce the youthful legs of Ella Toone, Chloe Kelly and Alessia Russo made little influence.

As a substitute, simply as when the perimeters met in World Cup qualifying in November, England needed to accept a slender margin of victory as Austria stood agency and will have even snatched a shock level.

Mary Earps was compelled to show Barbara Dunst´s curling effort from outdoors the field behind earlier than making a extra routine save from Julia Hickelsberger-Fuller as England held out.

England face Norway subsequent in Brighton on Monday in what is anticipated to be their hardest check of the group phases.

Austria tackle match debutants Northern Eire on the identical day in Southampton.

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