Alessia Russo’s incredible backheel goal summed up England’s stellar performance in their brilliant 4-0 win over Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-finals.
The Manchester United striker, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, brilliantly heeled the ball past a pressed Jonna Andersson and through the legs of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl to put England 3-0 up.
It was a remarkable display from Sarina Wiegman, who gave the world’s second-highest-ranked team a footballing lesson to book their place in their first Grand Final in 2009 at a Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Beth Mead broke the deadlock by scoring in the 34th minute – the Arsenal star netting his sixth goal of the tournament.
The Lionesses extended their lead early in the second half when Lucy Bronze’s header from a corner fell into the net.
Chelsea’s Fran Kirby wrapped up the win with a chipped effort, but Russo’s goal was undoubtedly the choice of the field.
Reacting to Russo’s incredible finish, Sam Matterface said in a commentary for talkSPORT: “What just happened? It’s outrageous. Sit down, shut up and go home! The England qualified for the final… it was dirty.
Former England international Lianne Sanderson added: “You’re not going to see a better goal than this! I can’t understand that.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea and Australia icon Sam Kerr tweeted: “I’m not going to lie, this was lit by Russo.”
England will face the winner of the France v Germany match, which will be played on Wednesday night, in the final at Wembley on Sunday – live on talkSPORT.
The 28,624 people in attendance will never forget the night that saw England put on their greatest show ever.
They got off to a nervous start with Mary Earps making good saves to deny Sofia Jakobsson and Stina Blackstenius early on.
But it was all England from when they took the lead somewhat against the run of play as Mead scored her sixth of those finals when she controlled Bronze’s cross from the right before shooting in front of Lindahl.
Wiegman’s side didn’t look back after that and their advantage was doubled when the Lyon star Bronze’s header passed through a crowd before bouncing into the corner of the net.
Russo’s moment of magic followed as she hit Lindahl after having her first effort, which was a much easier chance, saved by the Swedish keeper.
And the rout ended when Kirby’s chip slipped through Lindahl’s hands.