Spain’s roulette does not find the goal of the European Women’s Championship | Sports

Lucía García misses a very clear chance against Germany.
Lucía García misses a very clear chance against Germany.AFP7 via Europa Press (AFP7 via Europa Press)

After defeating the bell in Denmark and confirm the passage to the quarter-finals of the European Championship, Spain sighed with relief rather than smiled with joy. Expedition person could afford such an early withdrawal. The faces that were seen in the Brentford community after Marta Cardona’s goal testified to the path of pain the team had traveled over the past two weeks, marred by injury three days after their star player’s debut, the Golden Ball. Alexia Putellas. This fatality placed a dense cloud over Jorge Vilda’s daughters and all that was seen on the pitch afterwards was curves and a general feeling of rush. This tournament is the first in which the Reds have presented real aspirations to do something big, and the mishap of the azulgrana, as well as the absence of Jenni Hermoso citing physical problems, shook the atmosphere.

The effects were seen in both zones and in some lineups that kept mutating into the offensive zone. Orphaned by its all-time top scorer (Hermoso, 42 goals in 82 games) and the effervescence of Putellas (fixed on the last 33 games), the recurring problem of goals has multiplied. Spain’s five goals in the first leg fell short of quarter-final rivals England’s 14 (eight in norway), and the nine Germans, who did not concede either. A hole aggravated by the breakdowns behind, sign or direct consequence of the teams who doubt. 50 seconds after the start of the first, against Finlanda defensive imbalance forced Spain to come from behind and, four days later, against Germanya gross error by goalkeeper Sandra Paños in the third minute confirmed that the team were playing in the shadows.

The general scenario of the three duels was similar: the Reds dominate possession and the rival falls behind to chase the contras. The Germans conceded the ball to the team 66% of the time, but that didn’t stop the night from going where the Teutonics wanted it. More if possible after the failure of Paños which has only just begun. And, this Saturday, Denmark raised the anxiety of the selection for a good sequence with the same plan. “It’s tough against teams that come out to defend and look for space,” coach Jorge Vilda admitted on Saturday.

The tactics of the opponents against a team that accumulates so much possession is as well known as it is damaging. Largely, due to lack of tact when dealing with the rival cadre. Official statistics reveal that the Reds have not lacked shots (62, against 69 for England and 61 for Germany), but skill and, therefore, a real sense of threat.

The offensive hesitations were reflected, or perhaps also part of the cause, in the composition of the eleven. With a goal (Paños), a defense (Batlle, Paredes, León and Ouahabi) and two midfield pieces (Bonmatí and Guijarro) plus Caldentey as untouchable elements, the rest has been in constant flux. The absences of Hermoso and Putellas as well as the lack of goals brought Vilda’s line-ups into a blender.

Three games, three attacks

For months, a soniquete has accompanied the selection: Spain has no plan B beyond a very marked eleven, supported by the European champion Barça. A thesis that took off during the first phase. In each game, the selector selections have changed.

Against Finland, it was player by player: Irene Guerrero for Alexia Putellas in the middle, with Esther González as new. Against Germany, he placed Laia Aleixandri in pivot (a position he had not held since he was 15), he supplanted Guijarro at the wheel and upstairs he opted for Sheila García. And against Denmark, he sent Guijarro back to his natural position, held up Caldentey in midfield and gave Athenea del Castillo a hint on the far left. However, the break left another twist: González and Cardona for both Garcias (Lucía and Sheila), who had rehearsed about Germany.

The one who has not appeared, for the moment, is Amaiur Sarriegi, out of the initial list despite the 17 goals with Real Sociedad last year (plus 12 with Spain since September) and recruited in emergency due to of the fall of Alexia; and Claudia Pina, whose coach said in preview he was putting them “in all colors”, there was only fleeting and desperate news against Germany. Perhaps aware of the difficulties ahead, Vilda included Salma Paralluelo’s element of surprise in the call – technique, speed and unknown to many rivals – but another injury brought her down.

Overcome from the anguish of the first phase, in the quarter-final awaits the unapproachable England, immaculate back and hammer blow. “We will have to improve if we want to stand up to them,” warned Vilda. In the exam against the hostesses, yes, the girls of Vilda will travel relieved of the mental stress that has limited them until now.

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