Spain overcame the shock of conceding in the first minute to open their Euro 2022 campaign with a convincing 4-1 win over Finland in Milton Keynes.
The much-loved Spaniards were stunned when Linda Sallstrom struck with just 50 seconds on the clock in Friday’s Group B opener.
Still, they quickly fought back through captain Irene Paredes, before Aitana Bonmati claimed a slight advantage before half-time. Lucia Garcia secured victory after the break and Mariona Caldentey added shine with an added time penalty.
The match got off to a remarkable start as an early attack from Spain fizzled halfway through and Anna Westerlund swept the ball forward. Sallstrom was quick to hang onto it and ran into the area before firing home a low shot that went from the far post.
The damage from that quick attack down the right was something Finland tried to repeat, but Sallstrom missed a shot the next time they attempted a similar move, while Adelina Engman then trailed a shot to through the goal.
Spain quickly regained their composure and began to dictate the pace of the game. Caldentey and Esther Gonzalez both shot Tinja-Riikka Korpela from range as they started to get a grip – Patri Guijarro also had a header ruled out after the ball went out of play in the build-up.
The equalizer came after 26 minutes as Paredes came forward to meet a Caldentey corner and powered a header past Korpela. Bonmati then gave Spain the lead four minutes before the break with a well-taken header from a Mapi Leon cross.
Spain started the second half well and went close when Manchester United’s Ona Batlle forced his way into the box and forced a good save from Korpela. The stopper then did even better to prevent a powerful header from substitute Laia Aleixandri.
The result was put beyond doubt with 15 minutes to go as Garcia nodded after a free kick from Leon, before the scoreline ended in added time as Caldentey calmly returned home after a weary challenge on Marta Cardona by Elli Pikkujamsa.
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Euro 2022: The groups…
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Euro 2022: The schedule…
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 v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s
Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
tuesday july 12
Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
friday july 15
Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s
Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland v Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland v Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
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
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 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
Sunday July 31
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley