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Friday, August 19, 2022

England 1-0 Austria: Lionesses get off to winning Euro 2022 start

Beth Mead helped England get off to a winning start at Euro 2022 as they beat Austria in front of a record crowd for a European Women’s Championship game at Old Trafford.

The Arsenal winger chested down Fran Kirby’s lifted pass and deftly touched it over club team-mate Manuela Zinsberger after just 16 minutes.

There was a roar from the majority of the 68,871 in attendance as Mead turned to them passionately with her arms in the air – though, they were made to wait anxiously as there was a VAR check for a possible offside.

The early goal settled England’s nerves and they quickly began to dominate in Manchester.

Mead, Georgia Stanway and Kirby offered plenty of creativity and movement in the first half and one criticism may have been England’s lack of ruthlessness.

But it was a job well done in the tournament opener and though Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps was called into action to deny Barbara Dunst in the second half, Austria were reduced to few clear-cut chances.

The Lionesses, who are in Group A with Austria, Northern Ireland and Norway, are aiming to win their first major tournament – and have started that bid by extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches.

They face arguably their toughest test of the group stages on Monday when they take on Norway, ranked 11th in the world.

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England

  1. Squad number18Player nameKelly
  2. Squad number20Player nameToone
  3. Squad number23Player nameRusso

Austria

  1. Squad number1Player nameZinsberger

  2. Squad number12Player nameWienroither

  3. Squad number7Player nameWenninger

  4. Squad number11Player nameSchnaderbeck

  5. Squad number19Player nameHanshaw

  6. Squad number17Player namePuntigam

  7. Squad number8Player nameDunst

  8. Squad number9Player nameZadrazil

  9. Squad number10Player nameFeiersinger

  10. Squad number3Player nameNaschenweng

  11. Squad number15Player nameBilla

  1. Squad number2Player nameGeorgieva

  2. Squad number14Player nameHöbinger

  3. Squad number18Player nameHickelsberger-Füller

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Bright
  • 8Williamson
  • 3Daly
  • 10Stanway
  • 4Walsh
  • 7MeadSubstituted forKellyat 64′minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forTooneat 63′minutes
  • 11Hemp
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussoat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Greenwood
  • 12Carter
  • 13Hampton
  • 15Stokes
  • 16Scott
  • 17Parris
  • 18Kelly
  • 19England
  • 20Toone
  • 21Roebuck
  • 22Wubben-Moy
  • 23Russo

Austria

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 12Wienroither
  • 7Wenninger
  • 11SchnaderbeckSubstituted forGeorgievaat 77′minutes
  • 19Hanshaw
  • 17Puntigam
  • 8Dunst
  • 9Zadrazil
  • 10FeiersingerSubstituted forHöbingerat 87′minutes
  • 3NaschenwengSubstituted forHickelsberger-Füllerat 59′minutes
  • 15Billa

Substitutes

  • 2Georgieva
  • 4Degen
  • 5Schasching
  • 6Schiechtl
  • 13Kirchberger
  • 14Höbinger
  • 16Eder
  • 18Hickelsberger-Füller
  • 20Makas
  • 21Kresche
  • 22Enzinger
  • 23Pal

Referee:
Marta Huerta de Aza

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