Germany will face Spain in the quarterfinals – DW – 01/07/2024

Germany will face Spain in the quarterfinals – DW – 01/07/2024
Germany will face Spain in the quarterfinals – DW – 01/07/2024

Trailing 1-0 following an own goal by Robin Le Normand in the 18th minute of play, the Roja woke up thanks to the impetus of its young shoots, Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal. Respectively aged 21 and 16, the two wingers sounded the revolt on the side of Spain, which ended up winning 4-1.

A goal and an assist for Nico Williams against Georgia: one of the strong men of La RojaImage : Martin Meissner/AP Photo/picture alliance

Georgians proud of their team

Despite its heavy defeat, Georgia has something to be proud of. For its first participation in the Euro, the team led by former Bayern Munich player Willy Sagnol offered great performances, notably against Turkey and Portugal. In any case, scorer Georges Mikautadze, one of the spearheads of this Georgian team, will keep good memories:

That’s wonderful. I think we will be heroes, given what each of us showed during this Euro. I would like to congratulate all the players, the staff, the coach Willy Sagnol. Without forgetting the supporters who came to encourage us, without forgetting those who could not come to Germany and who cheered us on from Georgia“, declared the man who found the back of the net three times during this Euro.

Georgia will have been one of the winds of freshness in this EuroImage: Anna Szilagyi/EPA

The Mannschaft suffers but passes

In the quarter-finals, Spain will face Germany. There team had a difficult time on Saturday evening in Dortmund, against a very good Danish team.

A meeting where there was everything: disallowed goals, controversial interventions by the VAR, a penalty… Not forgetting the storm and torrential rain which forced the referee to temporarily stop the match.

In the end, Germany ended up winning 2-0 thanks to Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala. Things are getting more and more serious, which does not displease Julian Nagelsmann:

We don’t have more pressure than usual. I think the expectations of the fans push us to give our best. Everyone in the team tries to win every single match.” said the coach after the qualification.

I told my players that it was a privilege to play matches under pressure. Now we want to do everything to continue moving forward in this tournament.

Germany-Spain, it will be Friday evening in Stuttgart, from 4 p.m. universal time.

Bellingham and Kane save England

Unable to deploy its football despite a host of stars, England even saw Slovakia open the scoring through Ivan Schranz in the 25th minute of play. And as usual with the Three Lionssalvation came from Jude Bellingham, who equalised with a sublime overhead kick at the end of added time. Behind, in extra time, it was Harry Kane who put his team in front with a header from very close range.

Jude Bellingham likes Gelsenkirchen: like against Serbia, the English midfielder found the faultImage : Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS

Final score 2-1 for England, who once again won without shining. Defender Ezri Konsa nevertheless promises that he and his teammates will show a better face next time:

“We know we didn’t play our best football but it shows that the best is yet to come. Even though we didn’t play well, we were able to get a result. Next week will be even more difficult, we will prepare accordingly and I am confident we will play better,” assured the Aston Villa defender.

Switzerland masters Italy

In the quarters, England will face a Swiss team which put in a very good performance on Saturday afternoon in Berlin: a completely controlled 2-0 victory against an Italian team incapable of justifying its status as European champion in title. A mastery that pleased coach Murat Yakin:

The most important thing is that we won a decisive match. We managed to put into practice what we had prepared. We showed great team spirit. I remember the way we won. We dominated our opponent and scored at the right time, which allowed us to calmly manage the rest of the match.“Yakin said at a press conference.

In 2021, Switzerland knocked out France in the last 16. This time, it was Italy that was punished by the NatiImage : Annegret Hilse/REUTERS

Let’s savor what we have accomplished. We have obtained good results on the ground, this is not due to chance. This will be important for future meetings.

Switzerland will therefore face England in the quarter-finals. It will be next Saturday in Düsseldorf, from 4 p.m. universal time.

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