How the world reacted to England’s historic Euro 2022 semi-final triumph


Swedish newspapers appeared in shock on Tuesday night as England ended their side’s hopes of Euro glory. An emphatic 4-0 victory for Sarina Wiegman’s side – courtesy of goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby – prompted the national press to say their team had been “humiliated”.

Stockholm’s Svenska Dagbladet said the defeat had “ended the party due to a collective collapse”, going on to remark that “Sweden’s golden dream ended in a crash”.

While Gothenburg’s Göteborgs-Posten cut to the chase, claiming Peter Gerhardsson’s side were “humiliated” in the last clash. As these newspapers dwelt on the horror of the defeat, Malmö’s Sydsvenskan applauded England’s performance and asked if ‘football is coming home after 56 years?’

“Everyone will talk about us”

Wiegman said England’s “historic” victory would reverberate around the world.

Tuesday’s win was the 17th of Wiegman’s 19 appearances in charge of the Lionesses since taking charge of the team last September. She reached a third consecutive major tournament final – having led her former side Netherlands to the finals of Euro 2017 and the 2019 World Cup.

Still, the 52-year-old acknowledged the magnitude of England’s resounding victory over the Olympic finalists, saying: “This result will go around Europe and the world. It was such a performance that tomorrow everyone the world will talk about us.”

In her post-match press conference, the Dutch coach joked that she will now ‘walk into my own bunker’ amid soaring media interest that will surround her side at the stadium. approaching Sunday’s final, but added: “We said before we started the tournament that we want to inspire a nation – I think that’s what we’re doing.

“I’m very proud. Again the team found a way. We didn’t start so well. But in the first half we got better and better and the players on the pitch found solutions. The first half we struggled but in the second half we played so much better.”


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