29 min: France retain possession and they are slowly moving forward, the patience here is impressive. But all that work ends is a loose pass between Malard and Diani.
27 min: Rauch takes the kick this time but it sails over the bar. Just heard Germany have never failed to score in a Euros knock-out match so we’ll see if they can continue that cracking record.
25 min: The pace of the game has slowed with France retaining possession but Germany claim it once more. Huth makes a great run down the left but Perisset blocks, conceding a corner. The ball comes thundering in but there are too many touches and then Gwinn wins another free kick. There have been a lot of set pieces for Germany now.
23 min: The resulting corner from that save almost sees a blunder with Peyraud-Magnin out of position but they bungle it away. France attempt a counter but Cascarino can’t get the ball out from under her feet in the box.
21 min: Geyoro shoves Magull to the floor but no foul is given and France build an attack from their own half. It doesn’t last long and Germany are on the hunt, they win another free kick with Toletti fouling and earning herself a yellow card. Popp launches a rocket and Peyraud-Magnin makes a sensational save.
19 min: Perisset launches a long range effort but Frohms catches well. Germany counter and Huth wins a free kick right on the edge of the box. Magull takes the kick, on target, but Peyraud-Magnin makes a good save.
17 min: Rauch is fouled by Diani, giving away a free kick in a good position but Magull’s hit sails over the strikers. Peyraud-Magnin jumps to punch but she takes a bit of a knock, she wins the ball back and while she looks like she is in pain she remains on.
15 min: Germany are being patient in their build-up but the last pass seems rushed. The last pass there goes beyond Gwinn and France are able to breathe once more. Diani plays it down the right but her cross is blocked, Diani again tries to get through but Huth closes her down. Germany look to counter and Peyraud-Magnin comes out, putting a hefty challenge on Magull.
13 min: Renard is putting in a good defensive shift already, running the ball out for a German throw. Dabritz does expertly well to win a corner, booting it into the French defence. Peyraud-Magnin comes out and punches away. There’s frantic battles in the midfield but Germany come away the better, building from the back now.
11 min: Hegering puts in a very loose ball and France pounce but again they lose it in the final third. It’s the final few touches and passes that aren’t coming off for both teams so far.
9 min: Gwinn looks to clear with a long ball but she’s closed down. Germany lose it at halfway, it’s been a nervous early stage for both teams – still settling into this one. Malard is offside and again possession is exchanged.
7 min: The ball bounces around, it didn’t find Renard, and Frohms punches away. They do enough to keep it out but that was frantic from Germany. Magull steams away with it from a loose French pass but she’s tackled. Diani then runs rings around the German defence but, again, the ball switches hands.
Germany’s Felicitas Rauch grabs a handful of Kadidiatou Diani’s shirt as the French forward gets the better of her. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters4 min: Popp looks to pounce but she fouls Bilbaut and France have a chance to break. Diani wins a throw but they are ran back to halfway. A cracking pull is zoomed into the box by Cascarino and she wins a corner.
2 min: Bilbaut hits the ball out of play just after kick-off for a German goal kick. Germany are working the ball well in the early stages and Bilbaut gives away a free kick for a foul on Magull. It’s whipped in but France do enough to keep it out.
Kick-off! Germany 0-0 FranceHere we go! Will it be history for France or will Germany get back into a Euros final? We’ll soon find out …
The teams are out at Milton Keynes and the anthems will soon be underway! Who are you predicting as the winners?
Over in Berliin, fans gather to watch the game. Photograph: Annegret Hilse/ReutersThe French captain Wendie Renard (3cetnre) looks focused as the players line up for photo prior to kick-off. Photograph: Liam Asman/Womens Football Magazine/SPP/ShutterstockFrance have a killer attack but Germany are yet to concede a goal so it will be a battle all across the pitch! Not having Buhl will be frustrating for Germany but their strength in depth means they won’t have a weakness upfront in Brand.
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England sealed a 4-0 victory over Sweden in an impressive performance but there was one goal people are speaking about over the others.
Alessia Russo missed a shot but managed to recover. She then nutmegged two players with a backheel shot to hit the back of the net. If you didn’t see it last night, take a look below, I would argue it is the goal of the tournament so far.
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Here are some articles to read ahead of tonight’s match!
Germany v France preview:
Germany team guide:
France team guide:
The French haven’t made any changes for their clash against Germany!
France starting XI: Peyraud-Magnin, Perisset, Bathy, Renard, Karchaoui, Bilbault, Toletti, Geyoro, Diani, Malard, Cascarino
Germany have made one change and it comes as Buhl has Covid, Brand is in her place.
Germany starting XI: Frohms, Hendrich, Hegering, Oberdorf, Huth, Popp, Dabritz, Gwinn, Rauch, Magull, Brand.
I’m just searching for France’s and I’ll update you as soon as I have it.
PreambleWelcome to France v Germany, the second of the Euro 2022 semi-finals, where we will find out who will join England in the final at Wembley on Sunday.
Sarina Wiegman’s side defeated Sweden 4-0 last night and both Germany and France will want the chance to face off against the hosts. Whatever the result of tonight’s match France would have had their most successful Euros campaign ever after reaching the semi-final stage for the first time. The history-making team will want to extend their records but Germany are on the hunt to restore their European domination.
They suffered an early exit in the 2017 tournament, crashing out after losing to Denmark in the quarter-finals, and so they will want to play once more on the main stage of a Euros final. Their star striker Alexandra Popp will be targeting a goal record in the semi too, she has scored in four consecutive Euros matches, equalling the record set by her compatriot Heidi Mohr.
Germany have suffered a blow ahead of the match with forward Klara Bühl has tested positive and so is out of the semi-final.
All the team news is up and so stay tuned for all the updates …