Germany vs France LIVE: Euro 2022 team news, line-ups and more as England discover final opponents

“It was a party” – France celebrate reaching semi-finals of Women’s Euro

Euro 2022 is nearing its conclusion with only two games remaining to decide who will become the next Women’s European Champions. England booked their spot at Wembley last night with a destructive 4-0 victory over Sweden, but the second place in the final is still up for grabs.

Tonight, Germany faces France in Milton Keynes with the winner advancing into Sunday’s showpiece match. The Germans are aiming to land a ninth title in the tournament’s history and have won all their games in this campaign so far. They’ve kept four clean sheets and remain as one of the favorites to go the distance; ending a nine year wait to add to their honors list in this competition.

Their opponents, France, have never before reached the semi-final stage of the European Championships, but showed off their qualities by beating holders Netherlands in the previous round. They’ve never been to the final of a major tournament in the women’s team’s history with a fourth-place finish at the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics remaining their best achievements. Against the Netherlands, Corinne Diacre’s side wasted good chances to score early on and although they came through that match with the victory they cannot afford to be as profligate against the eight-time champions this time around.

Follow all the action as Germany take on France in the Euro 2022 semi-finals.

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Ones to watch: Alexandra Popp

Alexandra Popp missed the 2013 and 2017 final tournaments through injury and she would have missed these finals too had they happened as scheduled in 2021.

The emotion shown after she came off the bench against Denmark to score the final goal in Germany’s 4-0 opening win

She has gone from strength to strength since and has scored in all four of Germany’s games in England, becoming the first player to register in four successive games at a single Women’s Euros – Heidi Mohr did it across three tournaments in the days of four-team knockout finals.

An all-action, inspiring presence, Popp is driving her team towards claiming one of the very few major honors she hasn’t already won.

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Germany vs. France

This is France’s first ever Women’s Championship semi-final tie, the only one of this year’s four semi-finalists to reach this stage for the first time.

Each of the last four first-time semi-finalists were eliminated (Spain 1997, Finland 2005, Netherlands 2009, Austria 2017).

Germany was the last team to progress in 1989.

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Germany vs. France

Germany have won eight of the last 10 European Championships. There have only been 12 Euros to date.

They progressed from eight of their nine semi-finals, failing only against Italy in 1993.

They are the giants of this competition.

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Germany vs. France

Warm-ups are underway, just over 30 minutes to go until kick off.

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Fans start to arrive in Milton Keynes

The weather has turned in Milton Keynes and it’s drizzling over the fans as they arrive at the stadium ahead of kick off.

This is going to be a close match, either team can win it and the odds of it going to extra-time are quite favorable. Which sets of supporters will be cheering at the end of the night?

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England captain Leah Williamson focused on finishing the job in Euro 2022 final

Captain Leah Williamson has stressed England’s focus is on completing their task after the Euro 2022 hosts secured a place in Sunday’s final at Wembley.

After goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby powered them to a 4-0 semi-final victory over Sweden at Bramall Lane, the Lionesses are in their first major tournament final since Euro 2009.

Either Germany or France will be the opponents as they look to get their hands on major silverware for the first time in their history.

When asked about the development English women’s football has had and working towards a moment like Sunday, Williamson said: “We started a journey, and people have changed the game.”

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Alessia Russo ‘loving playing football’ amid dream Euro 2022 run

Alessia Russo has spoken of how much she is enjoying herself on the pitch after her brilliant back-heel in England’s 4-0 Euro 2022 semi-final triumph over Sweden.

Substitute Russo notched the third goal at Bramall Lane in the 68th minute when she back-heeled the ball through Hedvig Lindahl’s legs after the goalkeeper parried her initial shot.

It was a fourth goal for the Manchester United striker in the Lionesses’ home Euros campaign, which will now conclude with Sunday’s final at Wembley against either Germany or France.

Russo, who is at her first major international tournament and has come off the bench to replace Ellen White in each of England’s five matches, said when asked about her confidence levels. “I’m loving it, so that helps with confidence.”

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Beth Mead, Millie Bright and Alessia Russo. Evaluating England’s strengths at Euro 2022

England are preparing for their first European Championship final since 2009 thanks to a stunning 4-0 win over Sweden at Bramall Lane.

The Lionesses, who have never won the competition, will face either France or Germany in Sunday’s Wembley decider following goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby.

Here we pick out three players who have been instrumental to the hosts’ Euro 2022 campaign.

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Germany vs. France

Just over an hour to go until kick off.

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Popp relishing Euro 2022 appearances

Germany captain Alexandra Popp has won a lot with her country. She’s got an Olympic gold, a Fifa Under-20s World Cup, multiple Uefa Women’s Champions League and Frauen-Bundesliga titles as well as individual honors including 118 international caps.

But, she never won the Women’s European Championship.

Popp was sidelined with serious injuries for both the 2013 and 2017 editions of the competition, with a torn ankle ligament and a meniscus issue respectively, then in early 2021, she suffered a potentially career-ending injury when a piece of cartilage broke off inside her knee.

Had the tournament not been postponed until 2022, she would have missed the finals for a third consecutive time and after playing Germany’s opening fixture at Brentford Popp said.

“It was a really special moment because I had the feeling that many people had already written me off,

“I was able to show with my fighting spirit and mentality that I’m still a force to be reckoned with. I’m not just here to make up the numbers.”

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