Jodie fires England into semis
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