Late Finland equaliser hands the Three Lions a Euro 2013 lifeline ahead of France game
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals
Tuesday 16 July
Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Finland handed England a timely Euro boost ahead of their final Group C encounter against France.
The Danes finished third in their group with two points, meaning a Three Lions victory on Thursday would guarantee them a spot in the last eight as one of the two best third-place teams at the very least.
Mia Brogaard put Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s side ahead in the first half, but Annica Sjölund levelled for the Finns with just three minutes remaining. It wasn’t enough to save them from being the first team to exit the tournament, however.
Host nation Sweden secured a 3-1 win over Italy to top Group A with seven points from their three games.
It took two own goals to get them over the line, though, the first from Rafaella Manieri after 48 minutes and the second from Roberta D'Adda after 57.
In between those efforts home star Lotta Schelin also found the net, the three goals coming in the space of just nine crazy second-half minutes.
Melania Gabbiadini did grab a consolation for Italy but they also progress to the last eight as Group A runners-up.
Denmark must now wait to see how other groups end before knowing if they will make it through or not – if England, Russia, Netherlands or Iceland also finish third in their group with two points, lots will be drawn to complete the quarter final line-up.
But an England victory on Thursday would give them four points and seal a last-eight berth.