LONDON: Germany stay on track for a ninth ladies’s European Championship title however have been made to work onerous for a 2-0 win over Austria to succeed in the semi-finals of Euro 2022 on Thursday.
Austria hit the woodwork thrice in London, however targets from Lina Magull and Alexandra Popp despatched the Germans via to fulfill France or the Netherlands within the semi-finals.
Germany had cruised via what seemed to be the hardest group with convincing victories over Denmark, Spain and Finland to succeed in the final eight in type.
However they have been made to sweat till Popp’s weird ninetieth minute aim, when she charged down Manuela Zinsberger’s clearance, gave Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s facet respiratory area.
Austria had confirmed they’re awkward opponents by pushing England all the way in which in a 1-0 defeat on the opening evening of the event and eliminating Norway within the group phases.
Irene Fuhrmann’s facet began strongly as Julia Hickelsberger-Fuller fired too near Merle Frohms earlier than Marina Georgieva headed off the put up from a nook.
Germany have been struggling to seek out the attacking verve that noticed them rating 9 targets with out reply within the group stage.
However they pounced on one error from the Austrian defence as Klara Buhl sped down the left wing and her cross was calmly slotted into the far nook by Magull for her second aim of the event.
Austria wanted Arsenal goalkeeper Zinsberger to maintain them within the recreation earlier than the break as she bravely blocked Svenja Huth’s highly effective effort from a slender angle.
5 years in the past, Austria upset the percentages to succeed in the semi-finals of their solely earlier main event at Euro 2017.
And so they might have matched that achievement with extra luck within the second half.
Barbara Dunst was inches away from catching Frohms off her line with an audacious effort from lengthy vary that got here again off the crossbar.
Sarah Puntigam then smashed off the within of the put up as Germany struggled to clear a nook.
However Germany shortly regained their composure and may have prolonged their lead lengthy earlier than Popp’s fourth aim of the event.
Giulia Gwinn curled an effort of the put up earlier than Buhl’s piledriver crashed again off the crossbar.
Buhl was then responsible of one of many misses of the event when she skewed large from Popp’s unselfish go.
The Bayern Munich winger was mocked by her personal teammates when a replay of that miss was proven on the large screens.
However Buhl was quickly capable of breathe simple when Popp’s press caught Zinsberger out as her clearance rebounded off the Wolfsburg striker into the online.