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Voss-Tecklenburg expecting ‘insanely intense’ Euro 2022 QF meeting with Austria

Germany face Austria in the second quarter-final of Euro 2022 at the Brentford Community Stadium this evening. The Germans arrived in England with lowered expectations but are now contenders to take the title after a perfect group stage. They defeated Denmark, Spain and Finland to win all three group matches and finish top of Group B. The eight-time European champions will now feel confident of reaching the semi-finals as they take on an over-performing Austrian side tonight.

Austria are one of the biggest underdogs left in the competition. No-one was expecting them to make it out of the group stages but a confident display against England on the opening matchday showed they may have been underestimated. Although they lost that fixture 1-0 they responded with a victory over Northern Ireland before defeating Norway 1-0 in the crucial final group game to finish second behind England and reach the quarter-finals.

No side covered more ground than Austria during the group stages and they will have to produce yet another determined performance if they are to upset Germany tonight. Many of Austria’s team also play in the Frauen-Bundesliga so both sides will be familiar with each other and the winner will set up a meeting with either France or the Netherlands in the nest round.

Follow all the action from the Euro 2022 quarter-finals:

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Austria have required a penalty shootout to settle both their previous European championship knockout stage matches following goalless draws.

They won 5-3 on spot kicks in their quarter-final tie with Spain five years ago, before going on to lose 3-0 on penalties in the last four against Denmark.

Excluding penalty shoot-outs, Germany have lost just three of their 43 matches at the Euros with 34 wins and six draws.

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Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s Germany are aiming to lift the trophy for the ninth time, having been victorious in eight of their ten previous appearances. Norway, with two, are the competition’s only other multiple champions.

They triumphed in each of the previous six editions of the Euros and had finished in the top four in each of their first nine participations prior to a 2017 quarter-final defeat to Denmark.

Germany have also reached the quarter-final stage in all four tournaments since it was introduced in 2009; they are one of just three sides to have done so, along with France and Sweden.

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‘It’s hard to believe we made it through’

Austria surprised the world when they reached the semi-finals of the Women’s Euros in 2017 on their first appearance in the competition and they are lighting it up once again.

They knocked out two-time winners Norway to book their spot in the last eight, but boss Irene Fuhrmann is under no illusion as to the challenge posed by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s Germany.

“It’s fantastic and hard to believe that we made it through such a strong group to reach the quarter-finals,” said Fuhrmann.

“We’re very realistic about our next opponents: Germany have been playing very well – it will be tough.”

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Players to watch: Nicole Billa

The 26-year-old scored Austria’s equaliser in their eventual 3-1 defeat by Germany in the last meeting between the nations and her goal against Norway on Matchday 3 not only sent Austria to the knockout stages but was the 300th in the group stage at the Women’s Euro finals.

That match-winning header against Norway was the forward’s first goal her eight appearances at the European championship.

The Hoffenheim striker ended the 2020/21 campaign as the Frauen-Bundesliga’s top scorer with 23.

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The fans have begun arriving at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Kick off is just over 30 minutes away, who will join England in the semi-finals?

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Players to watch: Alexandra Popp

The 31-year-old opened the scoring after just eight minutes in Germany’s last meeting with Austria; a 3-1 win in October 2018.

Popp became only the second player – after England’s Beth Mead – to score in each of her side’s three group stage matches at Women’s Euro 2022.

The forward could equal the national record of scoring in four successive Women’s Euro matches, set by Heidi Mohr between 1989 and 1993.

Despite being the most experienced member of the Germany squad with 114 caps, this is Popp’s first Euros having missed out on the 2013 and 2017 editions due to injury.

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Austria reached their first European championship five years ago with the debutants eventually eliminated in the semi-finals via penalties following a goalless draw with Denmark.

Irene Fuhrmann’s side booked their place at a second successive final tournament by finishing as one of the best three runners-up in qualifying.

They collected 19 points from their eight matches in Group G to take second place behind France, only dropping points only against Les Bleues with that 3-0 defeat in Guingamp in November 2020 the only game in which they conceded a goal.

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Germany vs Austria team changes

Germany boss Martina Voss-Tecklenburg makes four changes to the side that beat Finland 3-0 in their final match of Group B.

In midfield Lena Oberdorf, Felicitas Rauch and Lina Magull step in for Sara Doorsoun, Lena Lattwein and Linda Dallmann while at the back Sophia Kleinherne makes way for Kathrin Hendrich.

There’s also just the one change for the Austria side that beat Norway 1-0 in their final group game. Defender Marina Georgieva is in for Arsenal’s Viktoria Schnaderbeck.

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Germany vs Austria line-ups

Germany XI: Frohms, Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch, Magull, Oberdorf, Dabrtiz, Huth, Popp, Buhl

Austria XI: Zinsberger, Wienroither, Wenninger, Georgieva, Hanshaw, Puntigam, Hickelsberger-Fuller, Zadrazil, Feiersinger, Dunst, Billa

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This is only the third match between the teams, and a first outside Germany with the hosts emerging victorious in both previous meetings.

Their last encounter came in October 2018 in Essen, Horst Hrubesch’s Germany running out 3-1 winners despite Nicole Billa’s 34th-minute goal cancelling out an early Alexandra Popp strike (8). Linda Dallmann (56) and Lea Schüller (84) both struck after the interval to clinch victory.

The two countries’ first fixture was as recently as October 2016, Germany recording a 4-2 victory in Regensburg. Laura Feiersinger (48) and Nina Burger (54) levelled for Austria after Anja Mittag’s first-half double, before the hosts restored their two-goal lead thanks to late goals from Verena Faisst (75) and Lena Petermann (81 pen).

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