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The Nationalelf were superb in the group stage and this should be a comfortable encounter for them.
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Germany could not have asked for anything more from the group phase of the Women’s Euro 2022. Drawn in a potentially tricky group alongside Finland, the pre-tournament favorites Spain and Denmark, the runners-up from the last edition of this competition five years ago, Germany secured top spot with a minimum of fuss. That was always likely to be key: while Spain, who finished second, now have to face England in the quarter-finals, Germany have a much kinder tie against Austria.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side began their campaign with one of the most impressive performances of matchday one. Denmark were tipped in some quarters to cause an upset against opponents whose best days seemed to be behind them. Instead, Germany blew the Danes away in west London. A 4-0 thumping set the tone for what would follow.
The most significant triumph, though, came in Germany’s second showdown of the summer. Their clash with Spain was always likely to determine which of the two finished at the top of Group B. La Roja had more possession and took more shots, but they were nonetheless deservedly beaten by the Germans, who were clinical in the final third, competitive in the middle third and solid in the defensive third. They were good value for their 2-0 win.
As expected, Finland caused them few problems last time out, as Germany scored three times without reply. They are one of only two teams that did not concede a single goal in the group stage, a record which hints at a balance between attack and defense which is invariably vital at international tournaments. If Voss-Tecklenburg’s charges play to their potential – and there is no indication of them not doing so – they should win this match pretty comfortably.
It goes without saying that no soccer team on the planet enjoys losing matches, but Austria will not have been too disheartened by their narrow loss to England in their first game of the tournament. Opening things up against the host nation is never easy, and there would have been some concern from their supporters that Austria’s morale would take a hit if they were heavily beaten by the Lionesses. In that light, a 1-0 defeat was not too bad of an outcome.
Austria bounced back with a routine 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland to set up a winner-takes-all meeting with Norway on matchday three. The match was settled by Nicole Billa’s header in the 37th minute. That proved to be the only goal of the game, but Austria could easily have found the back of the net a few more times. It was a dominant display from Irene Fuhrmann’s side, who had less possession than Norway but led the shots-on-target count 10-2.
Austria were one of the surprise packages of Euro 2017, when they went all the way to the semi-finals and only lost to Denmark, the runners-up, on penalties. They had previously beaten Spain on spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw in the quarter-finals, but a failure to qualify for the World Cup two years later shows Austria are not among the top sides in the women’s game.
They can be difficult opponents, though, and Germany would be wise not to underestimate their neighbors. Yet ultimately there is a gulf in class between these two sides. That is evident throughout history as well as right now: Austria have never won this tournament (and, given their size and population, they have never been expected to), while Germany are the eight-time queens of Europe.
Perhaps the Nationalelf were written off too quickly before the start of Euro 2022. It is good for the sport that Germany are no longer so dominant in this competition, and heads were understandably turned by newer forces like Spain, France and England. But while most members of the current German squad were not involved in any of their previous Euro triumphs, the most recent of which was in 2013, the national team’s collective experience means they will always be a force.
Germany have won each of their three games to date without conceding a goal. Austria, meanwhile, found the net just three times in the group phase. They probably should have notched that many goals against Norway alone, but the fact they did not suggests they will struggle to prise open a much more resolute German backline.
This is surely where Austria’s journey comes to an end, with Germany likely to run out comfortable winners. Back Voss-Tecklenburg’s team to record another victory without conceding a goal, as the Nationalelf seek a record-extending ninth triumph at the European Women’s Championship.
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|Germany vs Austria
|Brentford Community Stadium, London, England
|Thursday, 21 July 2022, 3.00PM EST
|How to watch
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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