Beth Mead gave England a halftime lead in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 opener against Austria at Old Trafford.
Arsenal forward Mead excellently controlled Fran Kirby’s 17th-minute pass on her chest and lifted a finish over Manuela Zinsberger.
The ball struck the underside of the crossbar but goalline technology confirmed Mead’s effort had crossed the line, sending the home crowd into raptures.
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ENG — Mead (Kirby) — 17th min
England vs. Austria live updates, highlights from Euro 2022 opener
Halftime: Austria do not deal with the corner in a terribly convincing fashion, but they get it to safety eventually and that’s halftime. England were nervy early on as Austria pressed them effectively. But Mead’s goal settled them. Kirby created that and has been instrumental in most of the home side’s best moments.
45th minute+1: Fantastic save from Zinsberger. That really could be huge in the final analysis. Austria give the ball away in their own box, with White making a nuisance of herself again. Kirby helps it towards Hemp but the Arsenal goalkeeper is out in a flash to touch over.
42nd minute: For all their early enterprise, Austria haven’t really tested Mary Earps in the England goal. Oh, but here’s a chance… Bright again heads clear at the near post as Dunst whips a ball in. Billa, who has been feeding off scraps so far, was ready to pounce.
36th minute: That’s a lovely switch of play from Kirby to Bronze. The cross is dangerous and Wenninger gets there ahead of the lurking Hemp.
31st minute: Austria captain Schnaderbeck uses all her nous to stop White from getting on the end of Mead’s cross. A goal certainly doesn’t feel too far away for England’s No9.
29th minute: Naschenweng hangs a corner dangerously under the England crossbar but Bronze leaps highest to clear the danger.
26th minute: Ooohhh, should be 2-0 and you’d have put money on England’s all-time record goalscorer White to have put that away. Kirby is instrumental again, slipping a cute pass to Hemp. The winger’s cross is met by White, but her diving header flies wide.
23rd minute: Austria can’t get an England corner to safety, Bronze nods back towards the six yard box and Hemp is just unable to hook towards goal.
18th minute: There’s a VAR check before the restart, presumably for offside. The goal stands!
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17th minute: GOAL!!! Mead!!!!
Brilliant chest control from the Arsenal star, and deft lifted finish against the underside of the crossbar… goalline technology says it’s good! England lead! Kirby’s clever pass created the goal, swiftly vindicating Wiegman’s decision to give here a starting berth
15th minute: England play nicely out from their own half, with Walsh producing her best work of the contest so far. Stanway drives through the final thrid and into the area but there’s no one on the end of her cutback form the right.
14th minute: Here come Austria again. Left-back Hanshaw whips the ball towards the near post. Bright get the block in at full stretch but it was far too easy to get the cross in.
12th minute: That’s a more dangerous cross – Bronze with one of her trademark swinging delivered from the right. It bounces past White and a discomforted Austria backline for Hemp to head over on the bounce.
10th minute: Austria’s approach has been bold so far but their high pressing has definitely disrupted England’s rhythm. Now the hosts get a move going as Bright booms a ball out to Hemp on the left. White gets on the end of the cross but her header loops up for Zinsberger to gather comfortably.
6th minute: Bright brings some defending of the no-nonsense variety to the party and England break, but the move breaks down when Hemp can’t get the ball under control.
5th minute: Walsh has her pocked picked in midfield by Zadrazil. Williamson then errs in trying to play a short pass out from the back, meaning England don’t clear the danger. That’s a corner to Austria.
3rd minute: Hemp whips it towards Bronze at the far post but Austria goalkeeper Zinsberger is out to confidently claim.
2nd minute: Nervy initial work from England, with an early Austria attack scrambled clear. Here’s Hemp, driving inside in typical fashion. That’s a foul – England free-kick midway inside the Austria half.
1 min from kickoff: Hang on… THE WEIRD LITTLE CAR WITH THE BALL FROM EURO 2020 IS BACK!!! If you weren’t pumped enough already. A modern icon of modern European football right there.
2 mins from kickoff: Anthems done. A bumper crowd at Old Trafford is absolutely bouncing. Let’s go!
5 mins from kickoff: The pre-tournament fireworks display didn’t reckon for a soggy Manchester evening. A lot of the smoke is hanging in the air. England might wish they were in their electric crimson away kit once this gets underway. Alas, the Lionesses are in their traditional white home kit and here they come!
Next: it’s showtime 🙌
— Lionesses (@Lionesses)
15 mins from kickoff: Part of the reason for England’s reshuffling at the back, with Williamson in the heart of defence as opposed to central midfield, is the availability of Fran Kirby. The masterful Chelsea playmaker is in Wiegman’s XI, three months on from her participation in the tournament being in doubt. Kirby was out of action with a fatigue problem, the latest setback in a career that has at times been beset by fitness issues. The 29-year-old sought the help of psychologists and nutrition specialists and had an oxygen tent installed in her house. It looks like it was all worthwhile.
🦁with the flair! Let’s go , bring it home!!
— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10)
30 mins from kickoff: BBC’s television coverage in the UK is focusing on England winger Lauren Hemp just now. The Manchester City star was in electric form last season, scoring 10 goals and laying on six assists in the WSL. Big things are expected from the 21-year-old, who could emphatically announce herself on the world stage over the coming weeks.
👋 On the purple carpet…🤗
— Lionesses (@Lionesses)
40 mins from kickoff: The teams are out for their warmups and England received a rapturous reception. It’s raining pretty steadily at Old Trafford. Slide tackle weather!
1hr from kickoff: This is the Austria XI. Keep an eye on Bayern Munich midfielder Sarah Zadrazil, who will be key to their hopes.
Zinsberger (GK) — Hanshaw, Schnaderbeck, Wenninger, Wienroither — Puntigam — Naschenweng, Feiersinger, Zadrazil, Dunst — Billa.
TEAM 🔴⚪️🔴 is in the house!
— ÖFB – oefb.at (@oefb1904)
1hr 10 mins from kickoff: Here’s the England XI. Rachel Daly starts at left-back, with both Greenwood and Demi Stokes on the bench as Williamson partners Millie Bright at centre-back.
HERE WE GO 🔥
Yourstarting line-up tonight…
— Lionesses (@Lionesses)
1hr 20 mins from kickoff: We’re not far away from that all-important team news. There’s a decent amount of intrigue surrounding where England captain Leah Williamson will play. The Arsenal star could line up alongside Keira Walsh in midfield, although it’s questionable whether two holders are really required against Austria. If Williamson plays at centre-back, that could mean Leah Greenwood being moved out to left-back despite excelling in the heart of defence for Manchester City this term. Williamson and Greenwood would be a wonderful footballing central-defensive pairing, but it is not one Wiegman has used before.
Matchday in Manchester 🤩
Not long to go until ourget their campaign started against Austria at Old Trafford!
— England (@England)
1hr 40 mins from kickoff: England reached the semi-finals of the past three major tournaments under Mark Samson and Phil Neville. A talented generation of players, home advantage and the presence of Wiegman means hopes are high they can take the next step. The England boss led her native Netherlands to European glory in 2017.
2hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of England’s Euro 2022 opener. Sarina Wiegman’s in-form hosts are taking on Austria at Old Trafford.
This year means more.
To you. To us. To all of us.
Our family. Our time.
— Lionesses (@Lionesses)
How to watch England vs. Austria
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|Time||8 p.m. BST||3 p.m. ET||3 p.m. ET||5 a.m. AEST|
|TV channel||BBC One||–||–||–|