While Group C winners Sweden are regulars in the Women’s EURO knockout matches, Belgium reached the quarter-finals for the first time.
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- Sweden, chasing a first continental title since 1984, face Belgium for the first time in a major tournament in the quarter-finals of the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Championship.
- Sweden won Group C with seven points, finishing first on goal difference ahead of the Netherlands. The Blågult recorded victories over Switzerland (2-1) and Portugal (5-0) after a draw against the Oranje on the first day.
- Sweden’s qualification for this round means they have reached the quarters in their 11 appearances, and have won their group four times in the last four editions.
- Belgium advanced to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history, dropping Iceland to take second place in Group D on matchday three with a 1-0 win over Italy.
- The Red Flames drew 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener before losing 2-1 to group winners France.
- The winners of this match will face England or Spain in the semi-finals in Sheffield on July 26.
- The two teams are meeting for the first time in almost 13 years. Sweden recorded a 4-1 away win in their last encounter, a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 qualifier in Leuven in October 2009. Caroline Seger was already there and she scored both first goals.
- Sweden won 2-1 in Gothenburg in 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification, with current Blågult striker Kosovare Asllani opening the scoring.
- Sweden won all four meetings between the two sides, scoring 13 goals and conceding just three.
- The match between the two sides in September 2009 was the first since they were drawn together in EURO 1987 qualifying. Sweden won 5-0 at Jönköping in October 1985 , before a 2-1 comeback win a year later.
- Sweden participate in their eleventh EURO, less than Italy and Norway (12 each).
- Blågult have reached the quarter-finals or better in every EURO they have played, alternating between semi-final and quarter-final elimination since their last final appearance in 2001, where they lost in extra time to Germany , host country.
- Sweden were Europe’s first champions in 1984, Ulf Lyfors’ side won the trophy on English soil by winning 4-3 on penalties against the home side in Luton after a draw 1-1 on aggregate (1-0, 0-1).
- Belgium made their major tournament debut at EURO 2017, finishing third in Group A behind eventual winners Netherlands and Denmark, who will also reach the final. The Red Flames’ only win came on Matchday 2 as Ives Serneels’ side secured a 2-0 win against Norway in Breda.
- Sweden ensured their participation in an eighth consecutive EURO by taking first place in Group F, with 7 wins and 1 draw in 8 games, 40 goals scored and only 2 conceded. They only dropped points in the 1-1 draw against Iceland in Reykjavik in September 2020.
- Belgium secured their participation in only their second EURO by winning Group H with seven wins from eight matches.
- Sweden have reached the quarter-final stage in all four tournaments since the current format was introduced in 2009; it is one of three teams to have achieved this feat with France and Germany.
- Sweden’s record in the Women’s EURO quarter-finals is 1 win and 2 losses; their only success at this stage was as hosts in 2013, with a 4-0 victory over Iceland.
- Sweden’s two defeats in the quarter-finals were conceded by two goals: against Norway (1-3) in 2009 and against the Netherlands (0-2), eventual winners, in 2017.
- The quarter-final victory over Iceland in 2013 is Sweden’s only victory in their last six EURO knockout matches (5 losses); his overall record in the knockout matches of this tournament is 8 wins and 11 losses.
- The Swedes have won only four of their last 14 knockout matches, having been victorious in each of the first five.
- Blågult’s 5-0 success against Portugal on matchday three of EURO 2022 is their biggest finals victory, equaling the 2013 score against Finland.
- Belgium’s win against Italy on matchday three was only their second at a Women’s EURO; both were obtained without conceding a goal.
- The matchday 1 game against Iceland (1-1) is Belgium’s only draw in their last 18 EURO matches, including qualifying (12 wins, 5 losses).
- Five of Belgium’s six goals in the finals came in the second half. Janice Cayman’s goal in the 36the minute against France on the second day is the only one to have been scored before the 49e minute.
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- The 32-year-old opened the scoring in Sweden’s 2-1 win over Belgium in September 2009.
- The striker had three assists in the EURO 2022 group stage, the most assists tied with England’s Beth Mead and Fran Kirby.
- With his penalty against Portugal, Asllani scored for the second time in a EURO finals, having also found the net against Italy in 2009.
- The 26-year-old delivered six strikes in the 2022 group stage; no player has done more.
- Blackstenius scored in Sweden’s quarter-finals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic tournaments, as well as the 2019 World Cup.
- The striker was the top scorer with six goals in Sweden’s victory at the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2015.
- The 37-year-old scored the first two goals in Sweden’s last encounter with Belgium, in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in October 2009.
- The midfielder was named UEFA’s Player of the Match for her performance in the win against Switzerland on matchday two of EURO 2022.
- She was spared on the third day, so that her series of 17 consecutive starts at the EURO ended and she co-holds the record in this area with the German Bettina Wiegmann and the French Sandrine Soubeyrand.
- In her next match, she will join Italy’s Patrizia Panico to take third place in the EURO most capped player rankings, behind Norway’s Solveig Gulbrandsen (20 games) and Germany’s Birgit Prinz (23).
- The 33-year-old became the first Belgian to score in two Women’s EURO tournaments with her equalizer in the matchday two loss to France.
- His other EURO goal also came on Matchday 2 of the 2017 edition, as the Red Flames beat Norway 2-0 to register their first victory at the tournament.
- Cayman is one of four Belgian players to have started all six matches of the Women’s EURO, along with Tine De Caigny, Davina Philtjens and Tessa Wullaert.
- The OL player became the most capped player in Belgium in June 2021 (112e selection), beating Aline Zeler’s previous record.
Tine De Caigny
- The 25-year-old scored the winner on Matchday 3 against Italy to secure just the Red Flames’ second EURO victory.
- The striker is the only Belgian to have played every minute of the EURO 2017 and 2022 group stage campaigns.
- De Caigny was the top scorer in EURO 2022 qualifying, with 12 goals in seven matches, including eight against Lithuania – five in the 6-0 home win and three more away (9-0) . She continued her streak in qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, scoring ten times in her eight outings, including a hat-trick in the 19-0 win over Armenia on November 25.
- The 21-year-old received the UEFA Player of the Match award for her performance in the 1-0 win over Italy on matchday three.
- Kees is one of four Belgian players to have played every minute of the group stage at this tournament, along with Julie Biesmans, De Caigny and Nicky Evrard.