Women’s Euro 2022 preview: Netherlands and Sweden face off in Group C opener | Soccer News
Winners of the first Women’s Euro in 1984, Sweden remain among the competition’s favorites 38 years later, while the Netherlands, defending champions, will also want to start their tournament with a positive result.
Portugal vs Switzerland: group underdogs aim for points on the board
Portugal and Switzerland head into Saturday’s game as Group C underdogs, and will want to calm some tournament nerves with their first points.
Portugal made the tournament after Russia were expelled following the invasion of Ukraine. This is their second major tournament, having also featured at Euro 2017, with manager Francisco Neto aiming for a better performance this time around.
“Our goal is to do better than 2017. It was always going to be a tough start for us in this group, no matter who we were up against in the opening game,” he said.
“We know that Switzerland are the team closest to us in the table. They have players who plied their trade in the best clubs in Europe and it is a team that we fully respect, but we know that we have our own strengths that will allow us to lead in the game full of confidence, and we can compete with them.
“A win would give us a huge boost and calm our nerves ahead of the other group matches.”
Switzerland were one of the last teams to qualify for Euro 20222, succeeding in spectacular fashion via a penalty shootout against the Czech Republic in April 2021.
“We’ve had many games between the two, and now it’s starting to start,” said Arsenal and Switzerland defender Noelle Maritz. “Everyone is giving their all in training and we can’t wait for the first game.”
Switzerland coach Nils Nielsen added: “It’s extremely important, especially in a group like ours, that the first game gives us at least one point so that we are still in the tournament.
“If we lose the first game, it will be a very difficult task to get through the group.
“They’re going to attack us, I’m pretty sure. It’s part of their game that they can stay low and attack with fewer players than most other teams. That’s a quality, but it can also be a problem when they have to change their strategy during the match.”
Netherlands vs Sweden: Old foes reunite in heavyweight clash
As you would expect between two of the giants of women’s football, Saturday’s clash isn’t the first time these two have met in a major tournament.
It is the Netherlands who have come out on top in recent years, beating Sweden in the last eight of Euro 2017 en route to winning the tournament, and in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.
And Sweden’s Magdalena Eriksson is ready for revenge, saying: “For me it’s a bit of extra fuel, I want a little revenge. I want a good result against the Netherlands for many different reasons, and that add some fuel to the fire.”
However, Arsenal midfielder Stina Blackstenius will not start against the Netherlands. Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson said: “One of our strengths in previous tournaments has been the medical team. They give me the exact number of minutes a player can play, and we’ll see after the game. today. [Friday’s] coaching.
“But if I said she would start, nobody would believe me, so it’s just as well that I say how it is. I think it’s also a bit alarming for the Netherlands to know that she is there, but not knowing how well she’s going to play or what damage she can do.”
The Netherlands began their pre-Euro preparations with a 5-1 loss to England, before wins against Belarus and Finland, keeping clean sheets in succession.
Netherlands coach Mark Parsons said: “We won’t start the tournament as the best, and I think we have accepted that. But we really believe in our qualities and that every minute and every game that we face will only make us stronger.
“They know the quality of Sweden and have great respect for them, but we also see a lot of opportunities. Sweden were probably the best team in the Olympics, even if they didn’t succeed, and they did well. to keep moving forward.
“They are a very experienced team with excellent communication on and off the pitch. We will have to be at our best.
“We have one or two players we are going to inquire about [their fitness] today, but things look positive. We’ll just have to follow the training. We are in a position that we could have hoped for three and a half weeks ago.”
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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.
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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 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
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