Toone scores crucial goal in England's quarter-final win
Manchester United’s Ella Toone netted a crucial goal as England overcame Spain 2-1 after extra-time to progress into the semi-finals of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.
The Spanish team, featuring our own Ona Batlle, had taken the lead midway through the second half through Real Madrid’s Esther Gonzalez.
Batlle and co looked to be heading through and knocking hosts England out, until Reds Alessia Russo and Toone linked up six minutes from time, with the latter volleying home the former’s knockdown.
With the game level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the Lionesses secured the quarter-final triumph in extra-time, by way of a decisive strike from Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway.
Two special nights by the seaside.— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 20, 2022
Thank you, Brighton! 😘 pic.twitter.com/fPCn13pCi2
There were contrasting emotions for Batlle and the opposing side at full-time however, as the Spanish side bow out of the tournament in tough circumstances, having led until late on in normal time.
Speaking to UEFA after the final whistle, Toone, who has now scored 12 goals in 19 senior England caps, explained: "We never gave up. It was the first time we've gone behind and we showed character and resilience.
“We pushed each other. [I’m] buzzing. The fans helped as well.
“[Scoring in a game like that was] better than I ever imagined it would be,” she continued to Sky Sports.
“Just to score and to score for England is amazing, to score in a major tournament is something else in front of our home fans and I wanted to celebrate with them.
“I managed to get the little knee slide in there!”
🗣️ "Managed to get the little knee slide in there." 😍— Sky Sports WSL (@SkySportsWSL) July 21, 2022
Ella Toone reacts to scoring in the 84th minute for England as they beat Spain 2-1 last night to reach the #WEURO2022 semi-finals 🎯 pic.twitter.com/O9wikSXgOJ
Our Lionesses trio now have a last-four date with either Sweden or Belgium (who play on Friday, 20:00 BST) to look forward to at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane next Tuesday.
The second of the four quarter-finals takes place with Germany and Austria going head-to-head at the Brentford Community Stadium (20:00 BST).
The next game with potential United involvement comes on Saturday, as Jackie Groenen’s Netherlands continue their defence of the trophy with a last-eight tie versus France. That game also gets under way at 20:00 BST.