Without really shining, the Spaniards won their ticket for the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 thanks to a narrow victory (1-0) against Denmark, eliminated from the competition. The Spaniards will face England on Wednesday.
The stakes were high in this third day of Group B and this probably explains the rather disappointing spectacle offered by Spain and Denmark on Saturday evening (1-0). But the result is enough to allow La Roja to reach the quarters, where they will face England. Already assured of being qualified before their victory against Sweden (3-0), Germany also won their ticket to the finals.
If the two teams had garnered 3 points before the start of the meeting, the goal average allowed La Roja to approach the meeting more calmly. The Danes were forced to win, but approached the match timidly.
It took until the 14th minute to see a first offensive from them. On a good deep ball, Harder is forced to attempt a lob following a lightning exit from Panos. An attempt finally well above the Spanish goal. Two minutes later, Harder appeared in front of the opposing goalkeeper, but too wide for his shot to be dangerous.
Just like their male counterparts, they liked to deprive their opponents of the ball to create gaps. The good percussion on the left side of Ouahabi and his permutations with Del Castillo undermined the opposing defense.
But it was from the right that these Spaniards came to create their biggest opportunity. In the 24th minute, Battle, lonely, crossed for Del Castillo whose toe was not enough to deceive the vigilance of Christensen.
Cardona to end the suspense
The Danes showed good intentions in the first half, like the attempts initiated by Veje or Homgaard. A very different observation during the second act, outrageously dominated by La Roja close to opening the scoring on a half-volley from Carmona shortly after the restart. The Real Madrid midfielder, returned in the 45th minute, was a valuable offensive aid for the usual teammates of Alexia Putellas, injured.
This lack of realism so characteristic of Spain could have cost them dearly when Harder found Nadim whose very fine strike was slammed by Panos, very serious throughout the meeting. But Cardona’s goal, with a header despite his meter 60, definitively validated the qualification of his team for the quarter-finals where they will find England, host of the competition. The Danes, finalists of the last edition, are eliminated.