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A few figures to remember after the first round

Significant or more anecdotal, here is a selection of figures to review the highlights of this first round but also to discuss the eight teams that remain in the race at the end of the group stage, and will start the quarters tomorrow with the poster between England and Spain.

0 – Two teams finished this first phase without conceding a goal. These are England and Germany. The lionesses and the Nationalmannshaft also have in common to be the only two teams to have won all three matches in this first round

1 – For its first participation in the final phase, Northern Ireland scored only one goal (against Norway) but what a goal, since it allows Julia Nelson to become the oldest player (37 years old) and a month) to mark in a Euro.

2 – Impassable! In this first round, nine penalties were awarded and seven were converted. Conversely, the guardian of Red Flames, Nicky Evrard, stopped the two penalties conceded by Belgium, against Berglind Björg Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland) and Wendie Renard (France). Sweden have been warned, it is better to avoid a penalty shoot-out…

Beth Mead spearheads England attack

3 – With Beth Mead (England), Alexandra Popp (Germany) shares the distinction of having scored in the three matches she played in the first round of this Euro. It also works with assists, as Kosovare Asllani has provided one in each of Sweden’s three Group C matches.

4 – VAR is now in place for this Euro 2022, having been introduced for the 2019 World Cup. In the match between Switzerland and the Netherlands, it took more than four minutes (4 minutes and 50 seconds to be precise) to validate the goal of Victoria Pelova in favor of the Oranje. A suspense which contributes, in its own way, to the dramaturgy of the competition.

5 – At the top of the scoring charts, we find Beth Mead (England) with five goals already, including a hat-trick against Norway and the first goal of the tournament against Austria. For the record, the record for goals in a final phase of the European championship is held by Inka Grings, who scored six goals with Germany at Euro 2009.

A record game

6 – A single match can include several records, as is the case of the brutal England – Norway (8-0) in Group A. The Lionesses became the first team to score six goals in one half in this occasion. ‘a Euro. Record set… the day before by the French team against Italy.

7 – Of the eight teams qualified for the quarter-finals, seven were already present at this stage of the competition in 2017 during the previous edition. Only Denmark, finalist in the Netherlands, is missing, while Belgium climbs for the first time in the European top 8.

8 – England-Norway, part two. The 8-0 scoreline in favor of Leah Williamson’s teammates is now the biggest victory ever in a Euro finals… and the heaviest defeat ever recorded by Norway.

hard knocks

9 – Like the number of tricolor striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto, injured against Belgium, and forfeited for the rest of the Euro, after opening her counter against Italy. With Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands), or Alexia Putellas (Spain), injured just before the Euro, she is one of the leading players who will ultimately not have the opportunity to play a decisive role this summer in England .

8+1+1 – Among the eight quarter-finalists, three teams have already won the Euro, Germany (8), Sweden (1) and the Netherlands who continue to defend their title, won for the first time in 2017. Among the former winners of the event, only Norway is missing.

11 – Including Sari van Veenendaal, injured in the first game against Sweden, they are eleven Dutch players still in the running to win a second consecutive European title, a performance only achieved by Germany. Sarina Wiegman is trying to achieve the same feat, but with two different teams, as she is now England manager after leading the Oranje to success in 2017.

Numbers off the bench

12 – At least twelve players have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the competition, a figure subject to change. This is also the case of Sarina Wiegman, coach of England. A parameter that continues to be part of the tournament, without for the moment influencing the results of the competition…

13 – Like the number of matches (out of the 24 already played) which have seen an attendance of more than 10,000 spectators since the start of the tournament. On average, more than 15,000 spectators attended the various matches in this group stage.

=> Euro 2022 : An already record attendance in English stadiums

14 – In form at the start of the Euro, England have already scored fourteen goals at the end of the first round, a record for the group stage alone.

16 – Spain are, unsurprisingly, the team with the most ball control, averaging two-thirds possession (66.3%) in their first three matches. However, it is not the only one, England doing the same (62.7% possession). Against Northern Ireland, a series of sixteen assists initiated by Leah Williamson finally led to Alessia Russo’s goal. Spain and England will meet in the quarter-finals…

19 – Within the Austrian selection, they are nineteen (out of 23) having already evolved in Bundesliga, with a dozen of them currently under contract with German clubs. It is therefore a particular quarter-final, between friends or almost, which is looming Thursday in London between Germany and Austria.

=> Euro 2022 : the program and the results of the tournament



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