17 Aug 2022 | 08:51 | Football
In the last group match of the Euro 2022 group stage, Tine De Carney’s second-half goal helped Belgium beat Italy 1-0, and the Belgian team reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s European Cup for the first time.
A slow start in the scorching heat of Manchester City’s Academy Stadium left no real chance for either opponent in the early exchanges of a must-win game.
Italy enjoyed a bright spell throughout and took control of the momentum after the restart, but failed to make the most of their second-half chances, and Tessa Ullat nearly doubled her team’s advantage in seven minutes of stoppage time .
With both teams closely watching the game elsewhere, Belgium had their first early chance when Hannah Ohlins’ shot just inches over the post with six minutes to go.
Followed by Elena Dhont, who caught captain Wurat’s pass but failed to put enough force on the ball, her effort was easily lost by Italian goalkeeper Laura. Laura Giuliani catches.
Belgium had nearly 60% of the ball in the first 30 minutes, but were frustrated by Italy’s strong defence as both sides wanted to find a breakthrough.
Italy looked more active after the 28th-minute drink break, with Lucia Di Guglielmo cross-connecting with Barbara Bonansea but unable to fire her nod into the Belgian net.
Four minutes after half-time, De Carney finally broke the deadlock and after a series of tackling touches, the ball landed at her feet and she calmly scored into the bottom right corner.
The Italian almost responded a few minutes later when Cristiana Girelli threw a loose ball on the edge of the box only to see her curling attempt bounce off the bar.
Substitute Valentina Giacinti came the closest to an equaliser, only to watch her late goal – and Italy’s championship hopes – thwarted by a Belgian defender.
On Friday, Belgium will face Sweden in their third quarter-final at Leigh Sports Village.
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Wednesday 20 July
Quarterfinals 1: England v Spain – Kick-off 8pm, Brighton & Hove Community Stadium
Thursday 21 July
Quarterfinals 2: Germany vs Austria – Kick-off at 8pm, London Community Stadium
Friday 22 July
Quarterfinals 3: Sweden vs Belgium – Kick-off at 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarterfinals 4: France vs Netherlands – Kick-off at 8pm, New York Stadium
Tuesday 26 July
Semifinals 1: Winner Quarterfinals 1 vs. Winners Quarterfinals 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday 27 July
Semifinals 2: Winner Quarterfinal 2 vs. Winner Quarterfinal 4 – Kickoff 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday 31 July
Winner Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley