Fans gear up for Euro 2022 quarter-finals

England will face Spain at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday, while Austria are also through to the last-eight, where they will play Germany on Thursday

Saturday, 16th July — By Catherine Etoe

Euro 2022 - Austria fans have something to celebrate

Austria fans have something to celebrate 

ARSENAL shot-stopper Manuela Zinsberger hailed her Austria teammates last night (Friday) after a momentous win over Norway secured a place in the last eight of Euro 2022.

Nicole Billa’s powerful header sparked joyous scenes in Brighton as a side that also included Gunner Laura Wienroither beat 11th-in-the-world Norway 1-0.

That victory in the Amex Stadium sees world no.21 Austria finish second in Group A behind England and sets up a tasty quarter-final clash with Germany at Brentford on Thursday.

“I’m just proud,” said Zinsberger, who pulled off a wonderful save late on. “How everyone showed up, how everyone performed. I don’t want to take out any single player, it’s the team and that’s what we have to think about.

“It’s the ‘us’ mentality and not the individual mentality. We take every game like it would be our last.”

Zinsberger was part of the 2017 team that pulled off a shock run to the semi-finals on their debut in the competition.

Austria, captained by former Gunner Viktoria Schnaderbeck, can look back on two victories so far in Euro 2022.

But they ran fellow quarter-finalists England close, losing just 1-0 in the opening match at Old Trafford.

Arsenal striker Beth Mead scored the only goal that night. Since then, the forward has netted a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over Norway.

Mead also scored one in Friday night’s 5-0 victory over a gutsy Northern Ireland, with Fran Kirby, Alessia Russo (2) and an own goal securing the win in front of 30,785 fans in Southampton.

That was the third biggest attendance in the history of the competition. Goal-wise, it brings England’s tally in the groups to a record-breaking 14.

For her part, Mead continues to top the scoring charts with five, a first for a player in the group stages.

“It’s quite enjoyable playing behind Beth at the minute because she makes my life a lot easier,” England defender Lucy Bronze quipped at St Mary’s.

England are next in action in Brighton on Wednesday when they take on Spain, who booked their place in the last-eight after Marta Cardona’s 90th-minute header sealed a 1-0 victory over Denmark.

Additional reporting by Louise Golby.

 

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