England’s opponents in the Women’s Euro 2022 semi-final will be decided tonight as Sweden and Belgium face off in the north west. Leigh Sports Village hosts the clash between Olympic silver medalists and knockout rookies.
To reach this stage, the Scandinavians beat defending champions the Netherlands in Group C after drawing with the Dutch to open their tournament. A narrow 2-1 victory over Sweden and a 5-0 demolition of Portugal secured their place as group winners, as they seek to claim their first European crown since the very first competition in 1984.
Belgium will be the underdog tonight after reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in only their second Euro appearance. After drawing with Iceland, the Red Flames were narrowly beaten by France before a 1-0 victory against Italy secured their progress. Keep up to date with all the match action via Standard Sport’s live blog!
Your Belgian line-up tonight
Belgium XI: Everard; Deloose, Kees, De Neve, Philtjens; Biesmans, Minnaert, Van Haevermaet; Wullaert, De Caigny, Cayman.
How the Swedes line up…
Sweden XI: Lindahl; Ilestedt, Sembrant, Eriksson, Nilden; Angeldahl, Asllani, Bjorn; Kaneryd, Blackstenius, Rolfo.
News from the team to come in the next 15 minutes…
Standard evening score prediction
Sweden got through their group stage by beating Portugal, but Belgium will offer a tougher task tonight.
After pushing France all the way, the Red Flames can once again make life difficult for one of the tournament’s best sides – although victory may overtake them.
Swedish win 1-0.
The head-to-head record does not favor the Red Flames
Belgium are set to name an unchanged roster despite Amber Tysiak returning after a one-game ban.
First news from the team
Sweden are sweating over Caroline Seger’s fitness as the veteran tries to come back from a heel injury.
Hanna Glas and Emma Kullberg both tested positive for Covid within the week and are at risk of missing out.
Jonna Andersson had cold symptoms before the game and that’s another doubt.
Sweden favorite tonight
How to watch
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be shown live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.30pm before kick-off at 8pm.
Direct: The BBC will broadcast the game for free via its Sport website and iPlayer service.