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England 2-1 Spain summary: Stanway goal, score, goals, highlights, Euro 2022 quarter-final

England came from behind to force extra-time and win it with a stunning Stanway goal to move in the semi-finals of Euro 2022.

England 2-1 Spain: as it happened

England 2-1 Spain: summary

Host nation England are through to the semifinals of Euro 2022 after a hard-fought win over Spain, who finally found their stride after struggling through the group stage but ultimately came up short in the Amex Stadium. Shorn of Ballon d'Or holder Alexia Putellas and top scorer Jenni Hermoso, Spain nonetheless took the game to the Lionesses and led up to 85-minute mark through Real Madrid forward Esther's well-taken strike, a product of her club teammate Athenea's industry on the right, but Ella Toone equalized late on to take the game to extra time.   

Spain protested vociferously that there had been a foul on captain Irene Paredes in the build-up to Toone's close-range volley but VAR disagreed. Buoyed by their late escape and an almost capacity Amex, England took the lead through a wonderful Georgia Stanway strike, the Bayern Munich midfielder striding to the Spain area and unleasing an unstoppable shot.

The introduction of Amaiur Sarriegi, who had 12 goals from 12 caps going into the game, gave Spain fresh impetus but a hugely experienced England side, anchored by Lucy Bronze and Mille Wright, held on to reach the last four on home soil, leaving Spain to wonder what might have been had Athenea and Amaiur been included in the starting XI. 

And that's it! Heartbreak for Spain, joy for England as the hosts progress to the semifinals!


Spain think they have a corner courtesy of Athenea but the whistle goes and England are through!


Athenea finally gets a chance to run at the England back four on the left and delivers a lovely cross, but England hack it away.


Greenwood makes the most of a regulation clash with Sheila and England have their eyes firmly on the clock now...


Four minutes added!


There's a melee in the area and Amaiur picks up the ball on the far side but drops her cross onto the roof of the net!


Olga goes down under a challenge from Greenwood and Spain launch what might be the final attack of the game... Corner, and Paños is heading forward!


Kelly draws a clever foul and Spain protest to Frappart, who waves them away.


Patri sends in a cross but England clear. Spain are running out of ideas with the clock ticking down.


Changes for England as Walsh and Hemp head off for Jill Scott and Nikita Parris.


England clear and although Spain regroup to launch another attack it comes to nothing. Athenea has been quiet since switching wings to accommodate Sheila, perhaps it would be an idea to switch them back for the final 10?


Corner for Spain as Toone hammers a ball away from Sheila García.


Great control from Amaiur to pluck a ball from the air but Millie Bright is across to cover before she can get her shot away.


Aitana! Great work from Sheila García on the right but the Barça midfielder, usually so accurate from that kind of distance, hits her shot on the slip and it curls wide.


And we're back underway!


And there's the whistle! England lead with 15 minutes of extra time remaining...


Olga, who has a wonderful game at full back, puts in a glorious sliding tackle to prevent Chloe Kelly getting clear on the right.


One minute of added time...


Amaiur! A deflected strike from the sub is behind for a corner.


Sheila García drives to the England area and tees up Aitana but the Barça playmaker's shot is blocked.


Amaiur is almost on the end of a hail mary into the England area but Greenwood beats her to the punch.


Change for Spain as Mariona makes way for Real Sociedad striker Amaiur Sarriegi.

The Bayern Munich midfielder powers toward the Spain area and unleashes a right-foot rocket that Paños can't even get a hand on. England lead in extra time!


Goooooooooooooooooooool! Stanway! What a hit!


Mariona charges forward but meets the immovable Lucy Bronze and commits the foul. All smiles between the pair though.


England appear to be trying to slow the game down now, is that a tactic from Wiegman to save energy? There's movement on the Spain bench as well as Claudia Pina and Lucía García warm up.

Here we go then, extra time! Can either side find a winner or are we headed for penalties?


And there's the whistle! To extra time we go...


Ona is fouled out on the right and Spain launch a final attack but the delivery from the full-back is over hit and that will probably be that...


The delivery is low and hard but Ona clears. Time running out for both sides, who are not taking any major chances at the moment.


Corner for England as Olga cuts out Kelly's cross...


Five minutes added in Brighton!


Hemp gets her head to a long ball into the area but her glancing effort is out for a throw.


Spain continue their protests and Misa Rodríguez earns herself a yellow card from the bench.


It stands! England are level and there are only five minutes left or regulation time...

VAR is having a look at a possible foul on Paredes in the build-up there...

The Manchester United midfielder is quickest to a loose ball in the area and lashes a volley past Paños to level the match!


Goooooooooooooooooooool! Ella Toone!


Change for England as Alex Greenwood comes on for Daly.


García! The sub's first touch is a decent crack from inside the area that clips an England defender and is out for a corner.


Goal-scorer Esther is off as Atleti forward Sheila García comes on.


So close for England! The hosts bang in three quick-fire attempts but Spain manage to repel them all before Toone hammers a shot over the bar.


Spain are very comfortable on the ball now and England are getting edgy as the clock ticks down. Athenea is in the thick of it again as she nutmegs Daly but her cross is too strong for Esther.


Laia Aleixandri, one of Spain's two UK-based players (Manchester City) is on to replace Teresa.


Kelly whips in a vicious corner that Paños is forced to punch out. Another chance for the City forward... but this one is long and out on the far side as Spain clear.


Daly! Decent hit from the Houston Dash full back but straight at Paños, who says ta very much and gathers with little fuss.


Athenea! What an effort from the Madrid winger, whose cross-shot is clawed away by Earps. What an effect that sub from Vilda has had. The only question is why on earth she didn't start.


Another change for England as Ella Toone comes on for Fran Kirby.


Paños! Great read from the Spain keeper to come out and deny Hemp with a sprawling save.


Hemp goes down under pressure and England appeal for a penalty but Frappart is unmoved.


Double change for England as Chloe Kelly and Alessia Russo replace Mead and White. 

Great work on the right from substitute Athenea, who drives into the area and picks out her Madrid teammate. There was still work for Esther to do but she spun on a sixpence and slotted a shot into the far corner beyonid the reach of Earps.


Goooooooooooooooooooooool! Esther!


That will count as a shot on target from Aitana but it was probably meant to be a through ball for Esther, which the Madrid forward failed to read.


Athenea gets her first run at the England defence and the Madrid forward will provide a new threat on the right with her speed and dribbling skill.


Nice work from Paredes as she pulls her defence up to catch White offside. The England striker was clean through and that had to be perfectly timed from Spain.


There's a stoppage as a pitch invader does his or her thing. We kind of miss the days when the cameras followed them around. Another spot of UEFA party pooping there, refusing to give them air time.


We're back underway!

And indeed there is the change, Athenea on for Marta Cardona.

Spain have been very solid at the back in the opening 45 but are lacking a little creativity up front. Real Madrid winger Athenea is out warming up in her number 10 shirt, perhaps we'll see her introduced before too long.

We couldn't agree more. Aitana really is a joy to watch and she has stepped up for Spain after the blow of losing Ballon d'Or holder Alexia Putellas before the opening game of the tournament.


And there's the whistle! An entertaining half, if not one that saw a huge amount of chances created. The sides are very equal and England are struggling to create the same danger they did with such ease during the group stage.


One minute added in the Amex.


Mapi León takes one for the team to prevent Georgia Stanway from breaking clear.


Spain are pressing now and have England on the back foot but both sides have proved resilient at the back so far this evening.


We're almost at the end of the half and so far there's only been one effort on target, from Spain when Mariona chanced her arm from distance.


Hemp! Not sure how much she knew about that as a rasping centre from Daly cleared its intended target, White, and hit the Manchester City forward only to ricochet wide.


England are turning the screw now but Spain's defensive screen is equal to the task.


And the eye in the sky confirms the decision.


Ellen White has the ball in the net but the flag is up for an offside against Bronze! VAR about to take a look but it was pretty clear cut.


Ona is lucky to escape a yellow card for a blatant foul on Mead but Stephanie Frappart is hapy enough to keep her cards in her pocket for now.


Another corner for Spain as Olga's cross hits Bronze. Aitana, who has been quite so far, hits a clearance on the volley but it's high.


A rare mistake from Mapi León almost lets White in but Paredes is across to cover. With almost 150 caps between the two, there are few central defensive partnerships in football who better understand each other. 


Spain go long to try and release Esther but Millie Bright is back to cover the danger expertly.


Marta Cardona has a pop from just inside the area and it deflects behind for another Spain corner. Mapi León waves her wand of a left foot and sends her delivery into the six-yard box but Earps is out to claim.


Patri! Mariona whips a free kick in and the Barcelona midfielder glances a header just wide. Spain are knocking on the door now.


Mariona wins a corner for Spain, their second of the game, but Teresa¡'s delivery is a little overcooked and Mapi León can't get on the end of it on the far side.


Mariona! Spain switch play from one side to the other and the Barça winger lets fly but her shot is straight at Earps.


Spain are seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges but have yet to trouble Earps between the England sticks.


Chance for England! Mead sends in a curling free kick and White rises to meet it but sends her header wide. The hosts are extremely dangerous from set-pieces.


Mapi León swings a corner in and Cardona isn't far away from turning in a header from Patri Guijarro but she can't wrap her foot around the ball from a tight angle.


Beth Mead is away down the right but the flag is up against the Arsenal forward.


Olga Carmona sends in a decent cross and Earps comes for it, clattering into Marta Cardona as she does so. A nervous few seconds for England, whose back-up keeper Hannah Hampton is out with covid, but the Manchester United stopper is ok to continue.


We're off! Spain get the ball rolling and with 10 seconds on the clock Ellen White gets a Mapi León ball right in the face. She has a hell of a left foot, the Barça defender, but the England striker is up quickly enough.

Spain's starting XI.

A quick reminder of the line-ups this evening.

It looks like a full house at the Amex and the teams get a huge roar as they emerge for the preamble.

Why might England coach Wiegman not be in charge for Spain Euro 2022 clash?

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Why might England coach Wiegman not be in charge for Spain Euro 2022 clash?

In good news for England, coach Sarina Wiegman has reportedly been cleared to take charge of the hosts this evening after returning a negative covid-19 test. The Dutch tactician was forced to phone intructions through from the stands during the Northern Ireland game, although it didn't affect England much as they put five past their opponents.

The teams have arrived at the Amex and we're just 25 minutes from kick-off now...

England vs Spain: teams confirmed

The starting XIs have been announced and there's a change for Spain as Lucía García is benched in favour of Real Madrid forward Esther González. Vilda retains his starting back five from the Denmark game and 22-year-old Teresa Abelleira comes into midfield, the Madrid player earning her fifth cap tonight.

England squad for Women’s Euro 2022: player profiles - Hemp, Bronze, White…

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England squad for Women’s Euro 2022: player profiles - Hemp, Bronze, White…

And here's a detailed look at England's Euro 2022 squad, courtesy of The Guardian's Louise Taylor.

Spain squad for Women’s Euro 2022: player profiles - Bonmatí, Hermoso...

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Spain squad for Women’s Euro 2022: player profiles - Bonmatí, Hermoso...

As part of the Guardian’s Women’s Euro 2022 Experts’ Network, a collaboration between media outlets from 16 countries, AS is offering in-depth profiles of the players in all 16 squads at the tournament, which runs from 6 to 31 July. This lowdown on the Spain squad is written by AS correspondent Amalia Fra.

Mead eyeing Euros history

Arsenal forward Mead is already level with the top scorers at Euros 2013 and 2017 (Lotta Schelin and Jodie Taylor, respectively) and just one short of matching the highest individual scorer at a single tournament, Germany's Inka Grings (2009), who is also the highest scorer in Euros history with 10 (along with compatriot Birgit Prinz)

The host with the most

Call us a grump if you will, but we rather hold to the theory that a Euros or World Cup win on home soil doesn't hold the same kind of kudos as doing it on the other side of the world with the crowd against you, but England are unlikely to hold much truck with that (they have been banging on about 1966 for a while after all).

In terms of the Euros, the host nation has tended to fare well. On four occasions (1987, 1989, 2001 and 2017) the hosts have ended as champions, while only twice (1997 and 2005) has a host not made it out of group stage. In the rest of the Euros contested to date, the host nation has provided a runner-up, a third-placed finish, two semifinalists and a quarterfinalist.

England have finished as runners-up twice, in 1984 and 2009.

England and Spain seeking first Euros win

Neither of the two sides in action this evening have won the Euros, which has been traditionally dominated by Germany and Norway. Other than those two nations, only Sweden (1984) and the Netherlands (2017) have won the tournament.

Alexia Putellas, Spain’s No.1 fan at Euro 2022


Alexia Putellas, Spain’s No.1 fan at Euro 2022

It was certainly not the start to the tournament that Spain has anticipated as they lost the current Ballon d'Or to an ACL injury during training before the Finland game.

England scoring for fun

Sarina Wiegman’s side have been ruthless in front of goal, putting eight past Norway in the Amex and five past Northern Ireland in their final group game. Beth Mead has five for the tournament already and the Lionesses had seven different scorers during the group stage.  

Spain will rely on possession against England

Spain are without top scorer Jenni Hermoso and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas in England and have so far relied on their ability to retain the ball – mirroring the tiki-taka employed by their male colleagues during their pomp - and the individual skill of Aitana Bonmatí, player of the match twice in the group stage, and Patri Guijarro in midfield, ahead of a solid defensive base and with some trickery on the wings from Sheila García and Mariona Caldentey.

Vilda has a strong bench, with the likes of Clàudia Pina and Athenea del Castillo providing additional attacking verve, but what Spain lack is a true goalscorer. Athletic’s Lucía García has been leading the line but has not found the net since the Finland win and it remains to be seen what Vilda decides his best line-up will be this evening.

Host nation England stormed through the group stage with 14 goals in three games, also keeping thre clean sheets, and have emerged as the bookies' favourites to lift the title on home soil. Spain were many observers' pre-tournament favourites but stuggled to get through the preliminary round, requiring a 90th-minute winner against Denmark to set up this clash.   

England vs Spain live: welcome

Hello and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of the first Euro 2022 quarterfinal between England and Spain from the Amex Stadium in Brighton. Kick off for this evening's game is 20:00 local time, which is 15:00 EDT and 12:00 PDT.


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