Women's European Championship - Group B
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Germany & Sweden reach Euros last eight

By Tom GarryBBC Sport
Dzsenifer Marozsan
Dzsenifer Marozsan's second-half penalty ensured victory for Germany in a game they dominated
Women's Euro 207
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Germany took a step closer to a seventh consecutive European Championship title as they beat Russia 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of Women's Euro 2017.

The holders progress as Group B winners and will face Group A runners-up Denmark in the last eight.

Sweden took second spot behind the Germans despite losing 3-2 to already eliminated Italy in Doetinchem.

Spirited Italy led three times in a five-goal thriller, dashing Sweden's hopes of taking top spot.

The Swedes - ranked ninth in the Fifa world rankings - will face hosts the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Sweden, who held Germany to a goalless draw in their opening game and were top on goal difference before Tuesday's matches, fell behind to Daniela Sabatino's neat finish.

Lotta Schelin quickly levelled from the penalty spot for the Olympic silver medallists, but Brescia forward Sabatino's placed volley restored the Italians' lead before the break.

Soon after half-time, Stina Blackstenius turned in substitute Fridolina Rolfo's right-wing cross to equalise, and Sweden pushed for a winner.

But Blackstenius hit the post with a close-range header and Italy punished that miss, with Cristiana Girelli's far-post finish earning their first points of the competition.

Germany
Germany (or West Germany) have won eight of the past nine Women's Euros

Holders through again

Topping the group means eight-time winners Germany avoid the in-form hosts - one of only two sides with a 100% record - in the next round.

The holders were much improved in Utrecht on Tuesday and could have won by a far greater margin, but Mandy Islacker's early low finish was correctly ruled out for offside.

Wolfsburg's Babett Peter soon had them in front from the spot after a bizarre off-the-ball foul from Maria Dakarenko on Islacker.

Russia keeper Tatyana Scherback kept the scoreline close with several fine first-half saves, before Anja Mittag twice fired wide in the second half after Dzsenifer Marozsan's calm penalty.

Sweden will meet the hosts in Doetinchem at 17:00 BST on Saturday, before Germany face Denmark at 19:45 in Rotterdam later that night.

Group D leaders England's campaign continues when they face Portugal on Thursday, when Scotland will need to beat Spain to have any hope of avoiding elimination.

Line-ups

Russia

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Shcherbak
  • 18Ziyastinova
  • 8MakarenkoSubstituted forMorozovaat 28'minutes
  • 3KozhnikovaBooked at 43mins
  • 2Solodkaya
  • 23Morozova
  • 11Sochneva
  • 10SmirnovaSubstituted forFedorovaat 45'minutes
  • 9Cholovyaga
  • 20ChernomyrdinaSubstituted forKarpovaat 63'minutes
  • 15Danilova

Substitutes

  • 4Sheikina
  • 5Shkoda
  • 6Karpova
  • 7Pozdeeva
  • 12Belyaeva
  • 13Belomyttseva
  • 14Gasanova
  • 16Fedorova
  • 17Pantyukhina
  • 19Morozova
  • 21Grichenko
  • 22Kiskonen

Germany

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Schult
  • 14Blässe
  • 8Goeßling
  • 5Peter
  • 7Simon
  • 15Doorsoun
  • 6Demann
  • 13DäbritzSubstituted forMagullat 68'minutes
  • 10Marozsán
  • 11MittagSubstituted forKemmeat 75'minutes
  • 9IslackerSubstituted forKayikciat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henning
  • 3Hendrich
  • 4Maier
  • 12Benkarth
  • 16Dallmann
  • 17Kerschowski
  • 18Petermann
  • 19Huth
  • 20Magull
  • 21Weiß
  • 22Kemme
  • 23Kayikci
Referee:
Monika Mularczyk
Attendance:
6,458

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home4
Away32
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Russia Women 0, Germany 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Russia Women 0, Germany 2.

  3. Post update

    Hasret Kayikci (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elena Morozova (Russia Women).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sara Doorsoun (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elena Danilova (Russia Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anna Cholovyaga.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Anna Blässe tries a through ball, but Tabea Kemme is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Hasret Kayikci (Germany).

  9. Post update

    Natalya Solodkaya (Russia Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Anna Blässe tries a through ball, but Hasret Kayikci is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sara Doorsoun (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tabea Kemme.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Russia Women. Anna Cholovyaga tries a through ball, but Nadezhda Karpova is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Anna Blässe (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marina Fedorova (Russia Women).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anna Kozhnikova (Russia Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marina Fedorova with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Russia Women. Conceded by Lena Goeßling.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Ekaterina Morozova (Russia Women) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Hasret Kayikci (Germany).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tabea Kemme (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 25th July 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands33004139
2Denmark32012116
3Belgium31023303
4Norway300304-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32104137
2Sweden31114314
3Russia310225-33
4Italy310256-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria21102114
2France21102114
3Switzerland21012203
4Iceland200213-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22008086
2Spain21012203
3Portugal210123-13
4Scotland200218-70
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