Germany head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has warned her side “cannot fear failure” ahead of facing neighbors Austria in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals.
Eight-time Euro winners Germany will arrive at Brentford Community Stadium on Thursday night aiming to improve on their clash in the round of 16 five years ago.
Having won the trophy in all but two of their previous final appearances, the Voss-Tecklenburg side are undoubtedly the favorites to progress.
But while she called on her players to show courage against Austria, she refrained from talking about the potential of the two nations’ geography impacting the outcome.
“It makes no difference to us,” she said. “We could play Norway, Sweden, Austria or the Netherlands, who are also all our neighbours. It’s a quarter-final at the Euros, and every opponent is rightly here…that has no impact on us.
“We have to play our game. We cannot be afraid of failure, rather we need courage to win and show our quality. We have a great chance of reaching the semi-finals, which was not given before this euro.”
Germany won all three of their Group B matches as they bid for a record ninth European crown while the Austrian side finished second to England in Group A, losing 1-0 to the host nation in the first match of the tournament.
Austria recovered to beat Northern Ireland 2-0 and then Norway 1-0 to progress, becoming the lowest-placed team remaining in the final.
They made their tournament debut in 2017, reaching the semi-finals, losing to Denmark on penalties. Head coach Irene Fuhrmann described it as a “sensation” that Austria are once again mingling with Europe’s top nations as they prepare their side for a tough challenge.
“It’s a feeling that we are among the top eight teams in Europe again,” she said.
“We have another chance to face one of the best teams in this tournament. Germany, like England, have proven their consistency. They haven’t conceded a goal yet – it will be an incredible challenge.
“We are always very meticulous, both in analyzing our opponent and our own game. It’s a game we’re really looking forward to, because it’s new for us to play against Germany on such a big stage. I’m very excited to see what we’ll be able to do.”
“Austria exceeded expectations”
The Telegraph’s Tom Garry analyzes Germany v Austria on the Sky Sports Women’s Euros podcast:
“I really underestimated Germany before the tournament. Their form, losing to Serbia, gave a few people, myself included, the wrong impression of Germany’s situation.
“They came out all armed, very excited. They work so hard on the ball and they look fitter and stronger than most of their opponents, which we think would have been a thing of the past given many of their opponents have turned professional.
“They look so sharp, athletic and it’s very hard to see them not going further in the tournament.
“Austria really exceeded my expectations. They look very well organized and maybe that shows how much Bundesliga experience there is in this team.
“There are so many you could name, Barbara Dunst played very well, Laura Wienroither, I could go on.
“I think it will be a very close quarter-final, I don’t think there will be many goals. I can see it going into extra time, neither team concedes a lot and based on that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a low scoring game Austria limits teams to a very low xG.
“Austria weren’t liked at all before the tournament, but they were in the semi-finals five years ago. Maybe there was an element of ‘They won’t be able to do that again, it was once. But they did very well, all the credit goes to them.”
Who could face Germany or Austria in the semi-finals?
The winner of this quarter-final will face the winner of Belgium versus Swedenwhich is played Friday night at Leigh Sports Village with an 8pm kick-off.
The semi-final will take place on Wednesday July 27 at Stadium MK, kick-off is at 8 p.m.
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The knockout stage…
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: England – Spain – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany-Austria – kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Sweden-Belgium – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Saturday July 23
Quarter-final 4: France v Netherlands – Kick off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley