Germany finds a way where Austria’s unlucky Euro race ends with the sound of woodwork

LONDON – For those who followed Austria and Germany through the group stage at Euro 2022, there was, on paper, only one way to go in the quarter-finals. Ahead of the match at Brentford Community Stadium, analysts agreed on how the two teams would form and how Germany would dominate the ball, leaving Austria with a strong defensive line and trying to hit the ball at the break.

At least that was what was supposed to happen. However, when the match settled into the rhythm of the first half, it was Austria who were up front, it was Austria who saw better chances and it was Austria who panicked in their defence.

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Dubbed the “best of the rest” outside the world’s top five by Chelsea manager Emma Hayes (she serves as ESPN’s analyst for the tournament), Austria finally showed that offensive football was eager to instill in her squad. Even when Germany took the lead in the 25th minute via Lina Magul’s low shot, the late team only increased their offensive endeavours.

He was one of the best teams during the group stage, with Germany leading all three of their matches at a brisk pace, adapting their style to their opponent and looking as comfortable with the ball as they are without it. A nation of unforgettable European pedigree, having won the Euro eight times before, if any team were likely to excel during the knockout rounds, the assumption was that it would have been Manshaft dies. However, the more Austria pushed, the weaker Germany seemed.

Despite Austria’s offensive intent, the nation that was playing only in the second European quarter-finals could not find a way into the goal, and the team with the distinction of being the second team in this tournament was hitting the woodwork multiple times (three times to be exact) ) in one game. The balls in Brentford are apparently magnetised, as Germany have previously hit the goal frame three times in their opening match on the same field. Austria’s effort was undervalued but painfully close to the team’s attempt to drive out the Germans.

It is often said that to win titles you need luck as well as skill and talent, in the group matches Germany showed a lot of skill and talent and in Brentford, luck was on display for the team that ranked fifth in the world. The team is uncomfortable in defense but they are saved by the woodwork, and their poor finishing to keep the game balanced.

“This is football. It’s a centimeter left or right but I can’t blame my team for anything. They tried everything, we’ve had periods where Germany really challenged us and that’s something we have to build on and now we have to deliver. The players,” Fuhrmann said. Newcomers and veterans have to stay on the ball and I think we’ll have a great future with this team.”

With the clock ticking on the inevitable, the match began to stretch as both teams rejected good chances, and neither Merle Frohms nor Manuela Zinsberger could relax. When Clara Ball took her chance to put the game to bed late in the day, the red-clad team was able to breathe a sigh of relief as the ball moved away. But it didn’t last long, as Alex Pope scored four goals in as many games this summer as Zinsberger’s playoffs were halted, taking the ball off the veteran and landing at the back of the net.

“It was a bit annoying [hitting the cross bar] “I think we played really well in the first 15-20 minutes and if we scored the first goal it would have been much better for us,” said Austrian Laura Versinger. But today Germany scored the first goal and it was very difficult for us. we. Once you are late you always try and try but Germany are a good team so they make it very difficult for you… I think we were a little unlucky.”

It was an ugly goal, but oddly well suited to the match, with both teams having hit chances and couldn’t hit the ball, and the finishing touch was a symptom of the occasion. The knockout ball pressured the German team’s bid, which has fallen significantly off the pace of tournaments in recent times. The match from Austria was full of challenge and joy, another outing at Euros when there were few expectations on their shoulders from outside sources, and the freedom to go out and play without fear of getting their best out.

“We expected them to be very strong, and we weren’t brave enough to do what we wanted to do. We had to play more balls behind their line of defence, but that’s something we can look at and learn from. They pressed a little differently than in the previous games, So it was good to get 1-0 because it gave us more safety for the rest of the match.”

In the end, the margins were quantifiable, and the width of the crossbar was the biggest difference between the two at night. Luck with the Germans one night when they needed something like their sub-par football, the match is a lesson Vos-Tecklenburg and its players must learn during the little time available before the semi-final against France or the Netherlands.

“We weren’t always the best team, we weren’t always the favourites, but we always found a way to survive, and with every game, we were building momentum,” said ESPN analyst Stevie Jones, winner of the World Cup with Germany. Who also coached the team.

With the former champions off balance, their first time in this tournament, there will be plenty for Voss-Tecklenburg and her team to analyze before their next game. They will have to focus on their mistakes on Thursday, rather than finding the best ways to exploit whatever their next opponents may be.

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