England – Scotland
England recovered well early in the afternoon from the blow it received from Germany on Sunday. In that match, the European champion of 2015 went off 5-0. Today that score came back on the board, but in favor of the English. Star of the day was Tess Howard, the midfielder who ensured that women’s teams at the European Championship have the freedom to choose between a skirt and a pair of shorts. She made three against the neighbors from Scotland. Grace Balsdon pushed in two corners to make the final score 5-0. Scotland can prepare for the fight against European Championship relegation, England still has to wait and see what Germany does against Ireland.
Belgium – Spain
It was practically a quarter final between Belgium and Spain. Both teams had three points after two matches, so the last, mutual group match would determine who could still compete for the prizes. There was actually only one team that claimed it: the Belgium of Raoul Ehren. After three minutes, the Red Panthers scored from a corner and that was a harbinger for a relaxed afternoon. Only just before the break, with a 1-0 score for the Belgians, it was necessary to pay attention. At a Spanish corner, our southern neighbors got stuffy for a moment. After the break, Belgium put things in order. Star player Charlotte Englebert led the score to 5-0. The semi-final place was therefore a fact for the number five in the world. Spain remains in the battle for survival for the next day.
Germany – Ireland
Ireland had to win against Germany to have a chance of a place in the last four. That scenario was just as unrealistic as it sounded beforehand. Sonja Zimmermann’s early opening goal – her again – already dashed a lot of Irish hopes. After a 2-0 halftime score, Germany gave gas in the final phase. Within three minutes the score rose to 5-0, causing the crowd in Gladbach to clap their hands. For statistics enthusiasts, it was an unforgettable day. Coincidentally, all four games on Tuesday ended 5-0. Undoubtedly a European Championship unique.
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