England kicked off their highly anticipated Euro 2022 campaign with a 1-0 win against Austria at Old Trafford thanks to Beth Mead’s lob in the first half.
It wasn’t the convincing performance the Lionesses had put in in their warm-up, but it was a matter of work as they came away with three points of what could have been a banana peel.
But Mead’s goal didn’t come easy. She collected a fine pass from Georgia Stanway and when her Arsenal teammate Manuela Zinsberger approached her, Mead lifted the ball over the goalkeeper.
Carina Wenninger was there to chop the ball off the line, but one look at her watch and referee Marta Huerta de Aza gave the goal. VAR also checked the decision, but again, the goal stood.
It marked a change from the friendlies, where England scored in the first half and didn’t improve greatly in the second, where they had blown their opponents away in recent weeks.
But it was hopefully a nerve-wracking victory in front of 68,871 fans – a record attendance for a women’s European Championship match – as England topped off in Group A for Norway vs Northern Ireland on Thursday night at St Mary’s.
More to follow…
England and Austria will return to action on Monday. The Lionesses will take on Norway at the Amex Stadium (kick-off 8pm), while Austria will take on Northern Ireland at St Mary’s (kick-off 5pm).
Group A will be closed on Friday 15 July. England will take on compatriot Northern Ireland in Southampton and Austria will play Norway in the Amex Stadium. Both games start at 8:00 PM.
Follow Euro 2022 on Sky Sports
Keep up to date with the latest European Championship 2022 this summer via Sky Sports and Sky Sports News.
The coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.
They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.
The experts and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team across the country to the various stadiums where matches are played.
Additionally, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded as Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast from June 21 before the tournament. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews, as well as a strong program around the tournament.
Euro 2022: The groups…
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Euro 2022: The program…
wednesday july 6
Group A: England vs Austria – 8pm kick-off, Old Trafford
Thursday 7 July
Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland – Kick-off 8pm, St Mary’s
friday july 8
Group B: Spain vs Finland – Kick-off 5:00 PM, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany vs Denmark – 8pm kick-off, London Community Stadium
Saturday July 9th
Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – Kick-off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden – kick-off at 8pm, Bramall Lane
sunday july 10
Group D: Belgium vs Iceland – Kick-off 5:00 PM, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Italy – 8pm kick-off, New York Stadium
Monday 11 July
Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland – Kick-off 5pm, St Mary’s
Group A: England v Norway – 8pm kick-off, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
tuesday 12 july
Group B: Denmark vs Finland – kick-off 5:00 PM, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany vs Spain – 8pm kick-off, London Community Stadium
Wednesday 13 July
Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – Kick-off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands v Portugal – 8pm kick-off, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday 14 July
Group D: Italy vs Iceland – Kick-off 5:00 PM, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – 8pm kick-off, New York Stadium
Friday 15 July
Group A: Northern Ireland – England – Kick-off 8pm, St Mary’s
Group A: Austria vs Norway – 8pm kick-off, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark vs Spain – 8pm kick-off, London Community Stadium
sunday july 17
Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick-off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – Kick-off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Monday 18 July
Group D: Iceland vs France – 8pm kick-off, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy vs Belgium – 8pm kick-off, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday 20 July
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – Kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday 21 July
Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A – Kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday 22 july
Quarter-finals 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – Kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – Kick-off 8:00 PM, New York Stadium
tuesday 26 july
Semi Finals 1: Quarter Final Winners 1 v Quarter Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8:00 PM, Bramall Lane
wednesday july 27
Semifinal 2: Winners Quarter Finals 2 v Winners Quarter Finals 4 – Kick-off 8:00 PM, Stadium MK
sunday July 31
Semi-final winners 1 v Semi-final winners 2 – kick-off 5pm, Wembley