England vs Spain LIVE: Euro 2022 updates as Ellen White’s goal disallowed for offside

Covid-stricken Sarina Wiegman ‘has high hopes’ of qualifying for Euro quarter-finals in England

Euro 2022 have reached the round of 16 and it’s England’s turn to try to qualify for the last four, as they take on Spain in the quarter-finals at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. These two nations were seen as potential winners at the start of the competition, especially before Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas suffered a long-term knee injury, while players like Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands also remain in the round of 16 and hope to go the distance.

In the group stage, England overtook Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland without conceding a single goal, but the real tests begin from this moment for Sarina Wiegman’s side. The head coach will also be back on the sidelines after recovering from Covid, although goalkeeper Hannah Hampton has now tested positive.

As for Spain, they finished second in Group B behind Germany, beating Denmark and Finland but knowing they need improvement from now on to go further in the competition.

Follow all the latest news, preparation and line-ups ahead of England v Spain at Euro 2022 below:

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England 0-0 Spain

51 mins: England are out of the break and are already pushing further up the pitch. It’s a brave move that should allow them to gain more possession but will also leave them open to a counter attack.

Lucy Bronze wins the ball for the Lionesses and gives it to Georgia Stanway on the wing. Stanway sends in the cross but Ellen White starts her run too early and is flagged offside.

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England 0-0 Spain

48 mins: The free-kick is curled into the box by Beth Mead and almost falls well for Leah Williamson but the England captain fails to make contact with the ball and hits Mariona Caldentey who wins her own free-kick for Spain.

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Second half: England 0-0 Spain

Kick-off: England restart the match. No change from Sarina Wiegman at the break.

Beth Mead wins an early free-kick down the right side as she is knocked down by Olga Carmona. Can England take advantage of this set piece?

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Game can be decided by reinforcements

Four of Spain’s five goals at Euro 2022 have come from headers and it looks like that’s expected tonight too. They have been gifted with a wide space and are confident enough to whip the crosses.

England’s hopes can be summed up in the exciting talent on the bench. Chloe Kelly, Ella Toone and Alessia Russo could prove vital later on.

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A delicate first half for the Lionesses

England scored most of their goals in the second half under manager Sarina Wiegman. They had a goal disallowed in the first half, so they’ll be keen to score when they come back.

The game is delicately balanced though, with Spain probably having the mental advantage after this first half.

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Half: England 0-0 Spain

45+1 mins: Spain have managed to prevent England from playing their naturally attacking game so far. The visitors have been outstanding, their passing and pressing have been top notch and England are struggling a lot.

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England 0-0 Spain

45′: One minute of additional time before the end of the first half.

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England 0-0 Spain

44 mins: Spain seem to want to score every time they approach the England penalty area for a while. The Lionesses seem unwilling to support each other in tackles and the Spaniards are able to pick passes and recycle attacks.

England held firm however and Georgia Stanway managed to clear the ball from the front edge of the penalty area.

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England 0-0 Spain

41 mins: Luck! Williamson sends the ball into the box for Mead who passes it to Fran Kirby. Kirby has his back to the goal and is not allowed to turn around. Instead, she throws it back to Rachel Daly who fizzles a pointed cross in the middle.

It goes over Ellen White’s head and hits Lauren Hemp who is unprepared for the ball. He hits her in the head and bounces well away from the goal.

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