Jodie fires Eng­land into semis

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TILBURG: Eng­land scored their first vic­tory against France since 1974 ow­ing to Jodie Taylor’s shot from the right flank which French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi de­flected with her palm but could not tame.

France, who lost skip­per Wendie Re­nard to two yel­low cards, had a few good chances, but Eu­ge­nie Le Som­mer headed wide and Marie-Laure Delie was de­nied by goal­keeper Karen Bard­s­ley.

Sub­sti­tute Claire Lavo­gez missed from a free-kick be­fore miss­ing nar­rowly with a low left­footer, leav­ing France wait­ing for their first women’s Euro semi-fi­nals ever.

Eng­land will play hosts the Nether­lands, who beat Swe­den 20, on Thurs­day

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of the play­ers. How­ever long that game went on we weren’t go­ing to be bro­ken down,” said Eng­land coach Mark Samp­son.

“This is a French team who with­out a doubt are one of the best in the world, but we ground out another re­sult.”

Mean­while, Ger­many’s hopes of a sev­enth suc­ces­sive Euro­pean women’s ti­tle were shat­tered when sec­ond-half head­ers by Na­dia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Den­mark a shock 2-1 vic­tory in the quar­ter-fi­nals in Rot­ter­dam.

Den­mark will face new­com­ers Aus­tria who beat Spain 5-3 on penal­ties fol­low­ing a goal­less draw in Tilburg. AFP

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