Georgia Stanway’s stunning goal sees brilliant England edge past Spain and reach semi-finals of Women’s Euro 2022

    An extra-time rocket from Georgia Stanway saw England Women come from behind to stun Spain and reach the semi-finals of Euro 2022.

    The hosts looked to be heading out of the tournament as they trailed their quarter-final tie with six minutes left of normal time to Esther Gonzalez’s 54th minute strike.

    But roared on by a vocal 28,994 crowd at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, the hosts dug deep and drew level through Ella Toone before Stanway produced a stunning long-range strike to win it six minutes into extra time.

    This stunning effort from Stanway has sent England to the semi-finals

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    This stunning effort from Stanway has sent England to the semi-finals

    It was England’s 100th goal under Sarina Wiegman’s premiership as manager and surely the most important so far

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    It was England’s 100th goal under Sarina Wiegman’s premiership as manager and surely the most important so far

    The Lionesses have now reached the semi-finals for a fourth successive major tournament and look well poised to win the Euros for the first time, having now seen off the pre-tournament favourites.

    Sarina Wiegman’s influence cannot be underestimated.

    England are now unbeaten in 18 matches under the Dutchwoman, scoring more than 100 goals in that period, and she has yet to lose a Euros game having led Netherlands to glory last time around.

    Things were not looking for England as they were second best to a Spain side who were excellent in possession in the first half.

    The visitors deservedly took the lead through Gonzalez’s crisp finish nine minutes after the break and were firmly in control for much of the second half too.

    But Wiegman made some bold changes, taking off three of her most experienced players in Beth Mead, Ellen White and Fran Kirby.

    The move paid off as two of the substitutes, Alessia Russo and Toone, combined to pull England level.

    Russo won an aerial challenge with Irene Paredes and Toone was on hand to fire home to send England fans into raptures.

    And the turnaround was complete in the sixth minute of the first period of extra time as Stanway’s piledriver from outside the box flashed into the net.

    Gonzalez put La Roja in front on 54 minutes

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    Gonzalez put La Roja in front on 54 minutes

    But Manchester United’s Toone levelled things up on 84 minutes

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    But Manchester United’s Toone levelled things up on 84 minutes

    Before Stanway’s moment of quality kept England’s hopes of European glory alive

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    Before Stanway’s moment of quality kept England’s hopes of European glory alive

    The goal was so good that talkSPORT’s Lianne Sanderson sustained an injury in the process…

    “What a goal, Georgia Stanway! Sam [Matterface], I actually popped out my shoulder blade I think – I just punched the air so hard in the celebration,” Sanderson said on commentary for talkSPORT.

    “What a goal from Georgia Stanway, absolutely brilliant.”

    The Lionesses, Euros runners-up in 1984 and 2009, will now face either Sweden or Belgium in the last four at Bramall Lane next Tuesday as they continue their quest for a first major piece of silverware.

    Can England go on to win it?

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    Can England go on to win it?

    After scoring 14 goals without reply across three group-stage victories, Wiegman’s side showed impressive fight to emerge victorious this time on their return to the venue where they had last week, in the second of those games, recorded the biggest win in Euros history by demolishing Norway 8-0.

    Stanway said after the match: “Unreal. That just shows the level that we are at, we get a setback and we come back and do it. Job done and focus on the semis.

    “It (the goal) is definitely one to be proud of, I will remember today, we put in a massive, massive shift. We are going to enjoy this moment and then crack on.”

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