Women’s Euro preview: Italy, Belgium and Iceland battle to join France in Euro 2022 quarter-finals | Soccer News

With France’s victory in Group D already settled, the fight to join them in the quarter-finals rages between Italy, Iceland and Belgium as the group stage draws to a close.

Iceland v France, Rotherham, kick off 8pm

France can metaphorically stick the kettle out – not too far from the home of Yorkshire Tea – after securing their place as Group D winners with two wins from two ahead of their final group game with Iceland at Rotherham.

But Corianne Deacon’s 16-game winning streak hasn’t been built without the kind of winning mentality that won’t let that happen, even against an Iceland side desperate for a result to progress.

Les Bleus de Deacon have impressed so far and ahead of a guaranteed quarter-final with the Netherlands on Friday, will want to continue their role as away favorites in the tournament by preparing well to face the defending champions.

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France’s Marie-Antoinette Katoto limped off the Women’s Euro 2022 Group D game against Belgium and will not play in the tournament again

Learning to live without Marie-Antoinette Katoto after the tournament-ending injury she picked up against Belgium will be of major importance for Deacon, whose side appeared shaky in that 2-1 win after losing the PSG striker, who scored 28 goals. in 32 international selections.

“I believe we can do something big,” was Icelandic coach Thorsteinn’s message Halldorsson in his pre-match press conference, with Iceland already going one better than their Euro 2017 pick up a point against Italy last time out.

The main aim for the minnow nation at Euro 2022 was to win a game – and although they led against Belgium and Italy, they have yet to do so. A point – or even a one-goal loss – may would be enough on Monday to get them through, but would also rely on the other two teams in the group to draw.

Perhaps midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir summed it up best, saying: “It’s football. Anything can happen.”

Italy v Belgium, Manchester (City Academy Stadium), kick-off 8pm

The winner is not far off taking it all at Manchester City Academy Stadium on Monday night. Three points for Italy or Belgium will likely put them in the last eight, to face Sweden, as long as France don’t lose to Iceland. A draw could do that too, alongside a win for France.

These two sides enter their final group game having drawn with Iceland and lost to France, although the 5-1 humiliation of Italy by the group winners was rather more complete than the setback 2-1 to Belgium on Thursday.

While Italy manager Milena Bertolini sought to ease the pressure on his side and said he had faced more “important” matches in the past, his counterpart Ives Serneels was less careful with his language.

“We can really start in this tournament. It will be a historic day for Belgian women’s football. And I’ll be honest, if we don’t qualify for the next round, I will be very disappointed,” he told reporters. journalists.

Belgium had never reached the knockout stages of the European Championships before, while Italy were quarter-finalists in 2009 and 2013 before collapsing at that stage in the last tournament five years ago.

Should either side pull off the feat of making it past the group stages this time around, a monumental challenge awaits them in the last eight, in the form of defending champions Netherlands.

Follow Euro 2022 on Sky Sports

Catch up on all the latest Euro 2022 news on Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.

Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.

Italy's Valentina Bergamaschi celebrates her team's first goal
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Italy came from behind to draw with Iceland but have just one point in their first two games

They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

Pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 mobile presentation bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where the matches are taking place.

Additionally, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast Tournament from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a solid tournament programme.

Belgium equalized against France in the first half
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Belgium were edged out by France in their last game after a better performance in their first draw against Iceland

The knockout phase…

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: England – Spain – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Germany-Austria – kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Friday July 22

Quarter-final 3: Sweden v Second Group D – Kick off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Saturday July 23

Quarter-final 4: France v Netherlands – Kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

What has happened so far…

Group stage:

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England 1-0 Austria

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland

Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium 1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 5-1 Italy

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland

Group A: England 8-0 Norway

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark 1-0 Finland

Group B: Germany 2-0 Spain

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden 2-1 Switzerland

Group C: Netherlands 3-2 Portugal

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy1-1 Iceland

Group D: France 2-1 Belgium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland 0-5 England

Group A: Austria 1-0 Norway

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland 0-3 Germany

Group B: Denmark 0-1 Spain

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland 1-4 Netherlands

Group C: Sweden 5-0 Portugal

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

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