Women’s Euro preview: France take on Belgium with Italy in action against Iceland | Soccer News


Italy need a positive result to keep their qualification hopes alive, while France can secure top spot in Group D by beating Belgium at New York Stadium.

Italy v Iceland: Bertolini hopes Italy can ‘learn from their mistakes’

The race for second place in Group D remains wide open, with France looking well placed to clinch top spot. Italy and Iceland will continue to plot their chances of qualifying and will see the matchday two encounter as their best opportunity to exercise some control over group proceedings.

Italy, who suffered a severe defeat against France in their opening match, can look back on a much better performance in the second half, although the result is well beyond them at mid- time. Iceland will rightly consider this game as their most winnable match before facing France on July 18.

Italy head coach Milena Bertolini said: “We knew a win or even a draw against France would be difficult, so now we are focusing on the next two games.

“The second-half response against France was good. We have to figure out what went wrong, learn from our mistakes, work hard and look to the future – the next two games are crucial.”

Iceland head coach Thorsteinn Halldorsson said: “The Italian team is very organised, especially defensively. They don’t necessarily score a lot of goals, but they are very disciplined and don’t hesitate to overturn the game. situation and attack with force.

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“We still have the future in our hands and that’s the situation we want to be in. We’re excited to play tomorrow and we’re well prepared.”

France vs Belgium: France determined to deliver, says Deacon

France

Paris Saint-Germain’s Grace Geyoro scored a first-half hat-trick as France made a dream start to Euro 2022 by beating Italy 5-1 in their opener at Rotherham Stadium in New York – they now have a dominant position in Group D.

Head coach Corinne Deacon said his players remained “focused and determined”, despite taking just 45 minutes to dismantle Le Azzurre on Sunday.

Les Bleues have the option of qualifying with one game to spare if they emerge victorious from Belgium on Thursday, which happens to be July 14.

Deacon said: “We are ready for anything. We have worked on several things. We have been working on this for a while as we faced teams like Belgium in the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.

“We are like on the eve of the first match: concentrated, determined. After the game against Italy, I didn’t need to talk much. The girls know what they have to do. say anything.”

Belgium coach Ives Serneels said: “We will have to make the most of the few chances we have. [against France]. We think we can hurt them in certain situations, but we will have to defend as a whole against this France team.

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“Are we going to play with an extra defender? That’s an option, but if we defend too deep we’ll find ourselves completely trapped in front of our own goal and I also want my team to offer something in attack too. Can we cause an upheaval, we have to believe it.

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.

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.

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…

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: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, 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 vs Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs 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

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

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

Semi-finals

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

Final

Sunday July 31

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

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