18/07/2022 Football

18/07/2022 Football – Two Games in the Women’s Euros. At 20:00, is Iceland v France. Also at 20:00, is Italy v Belgium. There are also plenty of friendlies taking place.

Iceland are at full strength for their crucial Group D finale with already-qualified France in Rotherham.The Nordic side need to win to be sure of a quarter-final against Sweden, but a draw could be enough depending on the result of Italy’s game with Belgium.Iceland defender Glodis Perla Viggosdottir said they will try not to worry about the result in Manchester.”This is not something that we focus on until maybe in the very end if we will then need to take some risk,” she said.”But until then we go into this game with our gameplan, which is to win.”If both games end in a draw, Iceland will go through. A defeat would even be enough if the other game finishes 0-0.The temperature could be about 34C at kick-off at New York Stadium.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/62198805

Italy’s crucial European Championship clash against Belgium is “not the most important night of our career”, says Azzurre coach Milena Bertolini.Italy are bottom of Group D and must beat Belgium and hope Iceland fail to beat France to reach the last eight.At the World Cup in 2019 they reached the quarter-finals, where they were beaten by the Netherlands.”We had some big nights at the World Cup. But it’s an important night, a decisive game,” said Bertolini.She added: “It’s not the most important night of our careers. It’s much harder to confirm oneself at a certain level.”We did well at the World Cup in 2019, so now the expectations are much higher.”Belgium will advance to the knockout stages if they win and Iceland lose to France, but will miss out if they draw 0-0.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/62198576

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