MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Belgium reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s European Championship for the primary time after a 1-0 upset win over Italy additionally eradicated Iceland on Monday.
Midfielder Tine de Caigny scored within the forty ninth minute and Belgium clung on to win. After the ultimate whistle, Belgium needed to await affirmation as Iceland drew with already-qualified France 1-1 after 12 minutes of added time.
That units up a quarterfinal for Belgium in opposition to Sweden on Friday.
France was already assured of profitable the group and performs the defending champion Netherlands on Saturday.
After a cagey first half, de Caigny introduced the sport to life. Italy repeatedly didn’t clear the ball from a free kick and de Caigny hit a robust shot from simply contained in the penalty space.
Italy had loads of possibilities as striker and captain Cristiana Girelli cannoned a shot off the underside of the crossbar shortly after de Caigny’s aim, and substitute Valentina Giacinti hit a shot which deflected simply vast of the publish.
Belgium captain Tessa Wullaert cracked a shot in opposition to the publish in stoppage time.
Iceland scored a penalty with the final kick of the sport within the twelfth minute of added time for the draw. The referee blew for the tip of the sport, denying Iceland the possibility to hunt a profitable aim to qualify.
France gave time to fringe gamers in opposition to Iceland however nonetheless took the lead with Melvine Malard’s aim 43 seconds into the sport, the quickest of the match up to now.
France twice celebrated being 2-0 forward earlier than having targets dominated out on video evaluation. A second for Malard was discovered to be offside, and Grace Geyoro was discovered to have handballed earlier than scoring within the 88th.
Iceland would have certified with a win over France, nevertheless it may have reached the quarterfinals with a draw or perhaps a loss if Italy had leveled in opposition to Belgium, relying on the tie-breaker of yellow and crimson playing cards.
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