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Women’s Euro 2022 quarterfinal preview

Jul 19, 2022

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The 2022 Women’s European Championship in England (LIVE throughout July across ESPN networks in the United States) is in full swing, following a brilliant group stage that had tons of goals — with no 0-0 draws at all — and plenty of talking points. Now, the field has been cut in half, and we’re left with the quarterfinal qualifiers.

Can hosts England roll past a Spain side that’s found form and confidence in the wake of Alexia Putellas’ serious knee injury? Will red-hot France have enough to get past the Netherlands after losing Marie-Antoinette Katoto to a torn ACL? And is the tournament setting up nicely for Germany to make a deep run to the final? Sophie Lawson, Tom Hamilton and Julien Laurens preview and predict the four games.

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England (Group A winner) vs. Spain (Group B runner-up): Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2

England had as close to a perfect group stage as possible. After a nervy 1-0 opening-round win over Austria in front of a record crowd at Old Trafford, England demolished Norway 8-0 and closed out the group with a 5-0 over Northern Ireland. Beth Mead has been in ruthless form with five goals in three games, while Georgia Stanway, Fran Kirby and Lauren Hemp also have impressed. But their tournament has been disrupted, with coach Sarina Wiegman testing positive for COVID-19.

Spain have had to battle a growing injury list, having lost Jennifer Hermoso and Putellas before their tournament began. Despite their tag as one of the tournament’s favourites, they were pretty mediocre through Group B: having opened with a comfortable 4-1 win over Finland, they were outclassed by Germany 2-0 then needed a last-gasp winner from Marta Cardona to edge past Denmark. The weird thing? Four of their goals have been headers.

Why England will win/lose: The host nation are flying right now. They enjoyed a dominant performance in their second match against Norway, and they are free of significant injuries. For all the nerves they showed against Austria, they made up for it against Norway in the next match and put together this generation’s greatest performance. That match displayed everything that Wiegman wants to see from England: they were ruthless, but they stayed disciplined at the back. In Mead, Hemp and Ellen White — with Kirby behind — they have a settled attacking lineup, and their wonderful depth means Alessia Russo and Chloe Kelly are superb impact subs whenever a goal or burst of inspiration is needed off the bench.

For all their ruthlessness against Norway, they were a little more profligate against Northern Ireland, however, and they can’t afford to let those chances slide against a team with the quality of Spain. Defensively, though, they look solid with Leah Williamson’s return to centre-back improving their stability. The key on Wednesday will be getting the ball off Spain and making it count.

It also remains to be seen how disruptive Wiegman’s unfortunate brush with COVID-19 will be. She has been instrumental in England’s impressive form running into these Euros and will be badly missed.

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Why Spain will win/lose: We’re still waiting for Spain to really click. For all their pre-tournament talk of them being genuine challengers, we haven’t yet seen anything to concern Germany or England. And that in itself should be concerning for England: at some stage, Spain will come alive. Will it happen this Wednesday?

Having lost two key players in the buildup, Spain have rallied as a group, but they still look a little stuck in terms of their identity. Their possession-heavy tactic makes them tough to play against, as it’s the ultimate test of patience, but it’s the finished product that remains elusive, and they don’t seem to be getting the best out of the players at Jorge Vilda’s disposal. At times, they look like a group of individuals too; if England are patient and hit them on the counterattack, it’ll be Wiegman’s side that advances to the semifinals.

Pre-tournament favourites Spain have struggled in the group stage of the Euros. Do they stand a chance against high-flying England? Federico Maranesi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

“We know that they are a good team: they are doing many good performances, we have seen their three games in the group and they did it very well, but we think we can beat them,” Aitana Bonmati said after their win against Denmark. “But we have to improve our style and be better than today.”

Key player for England: If England win, it’s going to be about finding the edge in transitions and hitting Spain on the counterattack. It’ll end up being the likes of Kirby, Mead, Hemp and White who will get the headlines, but for their game plan to succeed, Stanway and Keira Walsh must be aggressive and get Spain playing on the back foot. England’s attacking prowess is the best in the tournament, and their strength in depth is frightening; but it’s that midfield battle that will be so fascinating on Wednesday night, and for that, Stanway is key. She was superb against Austria and was key in their next two wins. She’ll need to be at her best against the formidable Spain midfield.

Key player for Spain: If she keeps her spot up front, then Lucia Garcia is key to Spain’s hopes. With Hermoso absent, it’s on Garcia to disrupt England’s defence. The Athletic Bilbao striker has only managed one goal in the Euros to date, and the pressure is on her to cause some mischief on Wednesday. For Garcia to succeed, she needs the rest of her team to turn all this wonderful possession into something tangible, and that’s where Bonmati is indispensable. Bonmati controls the tempo for the team, and if she can create some space in the midfield, with Spain’s attackers running off the shoulders of England’s defenders, she can pick them out and England will be in trouble.

Prediction: There will be some nervy moments, but England will come through this, winning 3-1. This will be by far England’s sternest test to date, and Spain will be quietly confident of crashing the party, but Wiegman’s team are settled and you feel they haven’t yet peaked. Expect the forwards to fashion several chances and for the defence to be able to keep Spain’s attack at bay. If it’s Spain who go through — despite their class — it would be a big surprise given how well England are playing and with the benefit of home support. — Tom Hamilton

Germany (Group B winner) vs. Austria (Group A runner-up): Thursday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Germany got their Euro 2022 campaign off to a strong start with a controlled win against Denmark, keeping the 2017 runners-up starved of the ball and their defence taking the Danes’ biggest threat, Pernille Harder, out of the game. Germany then took the measured approach to sit back against Spain, denying their opposition any clear route to goal. Having already scored six goals through five different players and confirming they’d be progressing to the last eight as group winners after just two games, Germany wrapped up their group campaign with a relaxed 3-0 win over the lowest-ranked team in Group B, Finland.

Given a bumpy ride, Austria started their Euros off in the opening game against the hosts, England. Despite a good early showing, Austria fell in a 1-0 loss before digging out a 2-0 over Northern Ireland five days later. With the group hanging in the balance, Austria showed their balance against Norway, keeping the Scandinavians away from Manuela Zinsberger’s goal until the 89th minute, with Nicole Billa’s first-half header enough for Austria to claim a 1-0 win and set up a clash with Germany.

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Why Germany will win/lose: After plenty of rocky form, Germany galvanised just before the start of the Euros, taking huge confidence from a 7-0 win over Switzerland that acted as the springboard for the eight-time European champions. That same attacking thrust was on display in their first group game, but against a fancied Spain side, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg put out a dynamic side that looked as comfortable off the ball as on it.

Across all three group games, Germany have shown a strong team spirit as well as a clear understanding of how their coach wants them to play against different opponents. That adaptability has made them one of the strongest German national teams in recent memory, and far from just grinding their way through 90-minute increments, they seem to be enjoying every second. Add in Germany’s ludicrous record of success at Euros and you have a formidable group that doesn’t look likely to be stopped by any nation.

The caveat, of course, that Denmark, Spain and Finland all played as Germany expected them to and, as such, their preparation needed little tweaking. If Germany come up against a team who don’t do as they expect them to — or they’re forced to react to a tactical change — the squad heads into unknown territory, which is where their weaknesses are to be found.

Why Austria will win/lose: Austria don’t care what you think about them, as Zinsberger said after their win over Norway. They have nothing to prove to anyone other than themselves. The team, like so many others, relish the underdogs tag that they’ll undoubtedly be given heading into this quarterfinal clash, and they will be able to play without huge external pressure.



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There is also the fact that so many of their preferred starting XI play (either now or recently) in the Frauen-Bundesliga, where the majority of the Germany national team play their club football. They are either teammates or regular sparring partners in the league and, as such, there is nothing of the unknown about their opposition, which will make Germany’s better attacking threats easier to neutralise.

Although Austria have played well this summer, showing a similar adaptability, they haven’t been as free scoring as their quarterfinal opponents, and when presented with opportunities to hit Germany, they could struggle to take them. In a similar vein, Germany have yet to give up a goal at the Euros, and just getting through their defence to Merle Frohms’ goal could prove too difficult.

Key player for Germany: Having played so well as a squad of 11 rather than a collection of players, there is a reticence to single out any Germany player, as all have played a role in their stellar performances and progression. However, midfielder Lina Magull could be the player to be that little bit more influential than any of her teammates in Brentford on Thursday.

Having taken the mantle from injured midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Magull has grown in stature for this Germany team — as well as club side, Bayern Munich — and her tireless work in the middle of the park is key for the success of both. Likely to be contesting balls in midfield and driving Germany on in attack, Magull is at her best when she can roam around, hunting the ball before delivering it to her teammates. Already named as player of the match once this tournament, Magull is a key component in keeping Germany balanced, and she is one (of many) Austria will need to keep quiet.

Key player for Austria: Although Austria will likely be defending for most of the match and it would be easier to highlight the work of the back line, the need to have a player who will pick up the ball and relieve pressure on her teammates will be vital. Not just a creative force in midfield, Laura Feiersinger has proved her ability to be the water carrier in Euro knockouts before, with the 29-year-old’s lung-busting runs for Austria throughout their Euro 2017 semifinal against Denmark key in keeping her team in the match five years ago.

Germany’s imperious group-stage form has them looking like one of the strongest teams in the knockout rounds of the Euros. Sebastian Gollnow/Getty Images

While things have changed for Austria, the midfielder still brings the same tireless energy to her national team. And when she isn’t bolstering the attack and looking for teammates in the final third, she is fighting to recover the ball and it as far from the Austrian goal as possible. A player who can’t just be marked out of the game, Feiersinger’s impact on Thursday will be vital for Austria.

Prediction: It’s easy enough to highlight how very good Germany have been in the group stages, but it’s how smart the team have been in their approach to each game, and with the way they’re playing, I can’t see anyone beating them. Even in a cagey game, they’ve got more than enough firepower to find a way beyond the steely Austrian defence, and when they do, there’ll only be one outcome: Germany 2-0 Austria. — Sophie Lawson

Sweden (Group C winner) vs. Belgium (Group D runner-up): Friday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Not off to the best start this summer, Sweden just about recovered from a mixed showing against the Netherlands (taking a point from their first outing) to post a less than comfortable 2-1 win over a defensively solid Switzerland. Going into their final group game with Group C wide open and no team eliminated or guaranteed progression, Sweden dug out their best football of the month to steam to a 5-0 win over Portugal, pipping the Netherlands to the top spot in the group on goal difference.

The surprise package of the quarterfinals, Belgium did things the hard way during the group stage. Squaring off against Iceland in the first match, Nicky Evrard made a vital penalty save to keep her team in the match, with a calmly converted penalty from Justine Vanhaevermaet good enough for a point after Iceland had taken the lead early in the second half. Conceding early to France in their second group game, the Red Flames recovered well to draw level through Janice Cayman before Griedge Mbock Bathy fired Les Bleues to victory. Having posted two strong defensive performances, Belgium finally got their win as Evrard claimed her first clean sheet as they triumphed over a sloppy Italy side.

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Why Sweden will win/lose: Below par in their first match, Sweden have steadily gotten better in each game and if they continue on this upward curve, there can only be one result in Leigh. Unlike Belgium, the Scandinavians can also draw on a wealth of major tournament experience having navigated their way through knockout rounds across nearly all of the biggest tournaments in women’s football.

The worry for Sweden is the slow start and lack of ideas against the Dutch, which suggest they might still be struggling with the unfamiliar “favourites” tag they picked up at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Why Belgium will win/lose: There is zero pressure on Belgium, who only made their Euros debut in 2017. The team is reaching the knockouts for the first time in their history, and that lack of expectation is why we have so often seen underdogs thrive; rather than panicking, they can go out and have fun. This is also a team that recovered from conceding penalties in back-to-back matches (against Iceland and France) and that pushed a star-studded France all the way. They’ve surpassed expectations at every turn this summer, they should feel confident in squaring off against anyone.

The problems for Belgium are likely to arise when they need a goal. They play in a defensive way that drags everyone back to help the cause, but leaves them short-handed on the break. If Sweden can play smartly, the Red Flames may struggle to chase the game if behind early.

Key player for Sweden: A tireless and inspirational attacking midfielder, there is little that Sweden do right in attack that doesn’t somehow stem from Kosovare Asllani‘s hard work. Not just technically adept on the ball, usually only shaken off of it with a foul, the 32-year-old has a reckless determination in attack that has so often been key for Sweden. The most openly vocal in the team about her disappointments in only taking silver in Tokyo, there are few who would be more fired up in pursuit of a long-awaited major international title than Asllani.



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Key player for Belgium: As said, the football that’s helped get Belgium to their first ever knock-out game has been of the defensive variety that has kept Nicky Evrard busy, match after match, the 27-year-old already with a string of impressive saves in her locker for the tournament. If Belgium are to progress, they will need Evrard to be at her best Friday, not least if the match goes all the way to a shoot-out. Similarly, Sweden will have to be at their attacking best to find a way past her.

Prediction: Sweden 2-0 Belgium. It looks like too much of an uphill slog for a Belgium team who have struggled to score from open play this summer, with Sweden also likely to be more physically imposing at set pieces than their opponents. As long as Sweden can deal with the pressure of being called favourites — even just for this one match — they have more than enough to unlock the Belgian defence and once they get their first goal, they should settle into the game. — Sophie Lawson

France (Group C winner) vs. Netherlands (Group D runner-up): Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Both teams are yet to lose in this tournament and have exactly the same results so far, too, with two wins (against Italy and Belgium for France, against Switzerland and Portugal for the Netherlands) and a draw (Iceland and Sweden), the same amount of goals scored (8) and almost same conceded (3 for the French, 4 for the Dutch).


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France showed great quality in the first half against Italy and good patches against Belgium, but overall they’ve been too inconsistent. The Netherlands also had moments of brilliance during the group stage, like at the start of the second half against Sweden or very late against Portugal, but it’s not enough and, again, not consistent enough to really challenge for the title.

Why France will win/lose: The French had won 16 games in a row before their last-minute 1-1 draw against Iceland on Monday night. (Granted, they used a rotated B team given that they’d already booked their spot in the final eight.) They fell short of their own record of 17 straight victories established in 2011-12, but the confidence and the momentum are there.

The quarterfinals have been the ceiling for this team in recent years; the last time they reached a semifinal was 10 years ago at the 2012 Olympics, but there is belief within the camp that this is their time to break the curse. They beat the Dutch 3-1 in a February friendly, and quite comfortably too. They have the firepower to cause havoc, even without their star striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who picked up a serious knee injury against Belgium. Losing Katoto is a huge blow to this squad, but since she returned to Paris last week, they have rallied, using this disappointment as extra motivation. They want even more to win this Euros for Katoto now.

Yet for all their positive thinking, the lingering pressure remains thanks to a decade of frustration. Regardless of form, there’s always been something to halt their push, whether it’s penalty shootouts, defensive errors, a lack of cutting edge or simply a better opponent on the day. They have been battling injuries and inconsistent form, and despite the Dutch being the defending champions, all the pressure still falls on the French. On top of that, Katoto’s absence is a huge blow. There is no other striker like her in the squad, which could prove too much to overcome in a game of fine margins.

Why the Netherlands will win/lose: This group’s strength in depth has been showcased at the Euros as the likes of Vivianne Miedema has struggled for fitness. Jill Roord has been great since day one, pretty much carrying the team on her own, but what has really inspired the holders is how Daphne van Domselaar stepped up in goal after being forced into action during their tournament opener following an injury to long-time No. 1 Sari van Veenendaal. Van Domselaar, who’d made just two international appearances prior to the Euros, has been great in goal. And let’s not forget that they are the holders too, and great generations like theirs always deliver in the big moments.



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That said, this squad is struggling with injuries and other issues. For a start, the uncertainty around Miedema’s status must be unbearable. The Arsenal striker tested positive for COVID-19 last week and missed the game against Portugal on Sunday. She still had symptoms and no one knows if she will be ready for the clash with the French on Saturday or, if she does clear protocols, what kind of fitness she’ll have at her disposal.

Regardless, the Dutch will struggle to beat a top team without a 100% fit Miedema. Defensively, they have showed so many issues through the group stages, conceded goals, chances and shots (35 in three matches). They leave too much space on the wings and are not protecting their central defence enough. On top of that, their stars are not performing: Danielle van de Donk scored a screamer against Portugal, but that’s more or less it, while Lieke Martens has been anonymous, with news breaking Tuesday that she’s set to miss the remainder of the competition with a foot injury.

Key player for France: It was a bit surprising to see Kadidiatou Diani start against Iceland on Monday when the French had already qualified and were assured of topping their group, but it’s also a sign that Diani is indispensable. Corinne Diacre can’t even rest the PSG right-winger in a meaningless game given that she’s been Les Bleues‘ best player in this tournament. Diani will be excited to take on Dutch left-back Dominique Janssen, as she’s struggled against pace and direct running in this competition.

Key player for the Netherlands: Van Domselaar was not supposed to play a minute in this tournament and now she will have to be the key player for the Netherlands. The young Twente keeper has done so well since replacing Van Veenendaal after 22 minutes in the first game. She had only two international appearances prior to this Euros but has been a revelation so far. She has faced a lot of shots and has conceded eight goals in three matches, but she has saved her team too, more than once. She is expecting to be busy again against the French but she is on a roll and full of confidence.

Prediction: Miedema’s presence, or not, will have a big impact on the game. The two teas have showed similar level so far in this tournament and this is an open match, but the loss of Katoto will spur France towards victory in this quarterfinal and push them into their first semifinal for a decade. — Julien Laurens

The World Cup’s group stage bodes well for Morocco and England

Amid a steady diet of 0-0 draws, this year’s World Cup has also served up a few thrashings. England pummelled Iran 6-2, and Spain obliterated Costa Rica 7-0.

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Supporters of the victors surely enjoyed such lopsided wins, but might downplay their significance. Should a bevy of goals against one weak opponent really change perceptions of a team’s chances at a title? Our study finds that the answer is “yes”.

National sides play rarely, forcing analysts to make do with scant data. Of England’s nine matches (excluding friendlies) this year, three were in the World Cup—enough to justify re-evaluating the team.

But updating expectations using small samples requires careful adjustments. In the group stage, the average strength of a team’s opponents varies widely. The Netherlands had a glide path to the knockout stage in 2022, facing two middle-ranking teams and Qatar, a weakling. In contrast, the deck was stacked against Costa Rica, whose group included Spain and Germany.

To account for such disparities, we used Elo, a statistical team-rating system. For each group-stage match since 1998, we first calculated a predicted goal margin based on the sides’ Elo scores entering the tournament. We then identified teams whose results exceeded these expectations.

For example, in 2002 Germany had the ninth-best Elo score. Its group-stage rivals were eighth, 18th and 28th. Based on these ratings, Germany should have outscored its opponents by one goal in total. Thanks to an 8-0 drubbing of Saudi Arabia, it beat this benchmark by nine. In the knockout stage, Germany’s rivals had also exceeded group-stage forecasts—but only by 2.6 goals, leaving a gap of 6.4 in the Germans’ favour. They went on to reach the final.

This case reflects a trend. In the knockout stage, teams that have beaten predicted scoring margins in the group stage tend to overperform. Those with weak group-stage results often suffer early exits. In the round of 16 in 2018, Spain, ranked third in Elo, faced Russia, which was 28th. But Spain’s group-stage scoring margin was two goals below expected. Russia’s was four higher, a gap of six favouring Russia. Spain lost.

Although we tried predicting knockout matches with group-stage wins, losses and draws, we got more accurate forecasts using scoring margins. This means that it does indeed improve a side’s estimated title chances more to win 7-0 than 2-1. Overall, we found that teams carry to the knockout stage about a quarter of their group-stage goal difference above expectation.

So far, England’s and Morocco’s goal margins are 5.3 and 4.8 above expected, respectively. This implies that England should beat Elo’s knockout-stage forecasts by 0.45 goals per match—the gap between a solid side like Switzerland and a plausible champion like Portugal, which is enough to lift England into the top four teams. Meanwhile, Morocco should beat Elo’s knockout-stage forecasts by 0.40 goals per match, elevating them to a bit below Switzerland’s level.

This article has been updated to incorporate the results of group-stage matches that occurred after The Economist went to press

Chart sources: World Football Elo Ratings; Kaggle; The Economist

This article appeared in the Graphic detail section of the print edition under the headline “Margins matter”

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Barcelona in the 20th round of La Liga confidently dealt with Sevilla, sending three unanswered goals to Bunu. Alba, Gavi and Rafinha scored goals for the Catalans. With this victory, Barcelona increased their lead over Real Madrid to eight points.

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Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla

Goals: 1-0 Jordi Alba (58′), 2:0 Gavi (71′), 3:0 Rafael Diaz (79′)
Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen, Jules Kunde, Ronald Araujo (Marcos Alonso, 80′), Andreas Christensen, Jordi Alba (Alex Balde, 83′), Pedri, Sergio Busquets (Frank Kessier, 8′), Frenkie de Yong, Rafael Diaz (Ferran Torres, 84′), Robert Lewandowski, Gavi (Ansumane Fati, 80′)
Sevilla: Youssef En-Nesiri (Eric Lamela, 46′), Pap Gui (Fernando, 83′), Ivan Rakitic, Joan Jordan, Oliver Torres (Brian Gil, 46′), Marcos Acuña (Lucas Ocampos, 65′) , Karim Rekik, Nemanja Gudel, Luak Bade, Gonzalo Montiel, Yassin Bunu
Yellow cards: Ivan Rakitic (45 + 1′), Joan Jordan (75′)

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Barcelona broke through in the second half and the Catalans were able to translate their territorial advantage into goals scored. Sevilla showed practically nothing in 90 minutes of the game and the defeat for Jorge Sampaoli’s wards is well deserved. “Barcelona” is strengthening its leadership in the championship, and “Sevilla” is getting closer to the relegation zone. That’s all for now!

90+4′ Final whistle! Barcelona win 3:0!

90+3′ The last corner of the match was taken by Sevilla. But even here the guests failed to score a prestige goal. Catalan defenders once again worked reliably in defense

90+1′ Linesman calls Montiel offside

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90′ Three minutes added in the second half

89′ Rakitic saw Ter Stegen come out of the net and shot from the center circle. The Croatian failed to hit the target

88′ Lamela crosses from a corner into the box, Geye heads the ball weakly, the sphere is in the hands of Ter Stegen

86′ Khil hurried up in attack and ended up in an offside position

84′ Double substitution for Barcelona. Alba and Rafinha left the field, replaced by Balde and Torres

83′ Substitution for Sevilla. Fernando replaces Geye

82′ The guests played a bad corner. The ball ended up in the hands of Ter Stegen

80′ Double substitution for Barcelona. Gavi and Araujo leave the field and are replaced by Fati and Alonso

79′ GOAL! 3:0! Rafinha brings the score to devastating! Alba makes a cross in the penalty area to the goalkeeper, Rafinha is ahead of the defenders and scores the ball into Bunu’s goal!

77′ Shot on goal! Lewandowski played a short penalty with a partner, after which he shot low near the left post!

75′ Yellow card. Jordan almost on the penalty line hooked Rafinha on the leg and received a yellow card. Dangerous standard earn the Catalans

73′ Araujo pushes Ocampos back from his own box and clears the ball over the touchline

70′ GOAL! 2:0! Gavi doubles the advantage of the Catalans! Rafinha from the right edge of the penalty area made a pass to the far post, where Gavi ran in and sent the ball in touch into an empty corner!

67′ Jordan fouled on the flank at Rafinha. Barcelona earn a free kick

65′ Substitution for Sevilla. Ocampos replaces Acuña

64′ A break occurs in the game due to damage to Akunya, who is on the lawn. Substitution in preparation for Sevilla

63′ Kunde shoots from long range and goes over the goal

62′ Lewandowski shoots high above the net from the penalty line

61′ Kunde works defensively to prevent Gila from penetrating inside the penalty area

58′ GOAL! 1:0! Alba puts Barcelona ahead! Rafinha gave a pass to Kessie in the penalty area, Frank turned around and brought Alba into the goalkeeper’s area with the finest pass. The Barcelona defender rolled the ball past Bunu exactly into the far right corner!

57′ Alba makes a bad serve from the left wing, the ball goes out of bounds

56′ Crossed the goalkeeper’s corner, Rafinha decided to shoot from an uncomfortable position, Bunu catches the ball

53′ Alba’s cross from Lewandowski heads wide of the target

52′ Kessier falls into the Sevilla box after contact with an opponent, the referee hesitates to give Bunu a penalty

50′ Sevilla are in goal again, possession in full possession of Barcelona

48′ Alba crosses in for Lewandowski, Bunu takes the ball in and takes the ball in his hands.

46′ Sevilla made a double substitution at half-time. Torres and En-Nesiri left the field, replaced by Gil and Lamela

46′ The second half has started! Barcelona play ball from midfield

With a huge advantage of Barcelona, ​​the first half passed, but Sevilla defended exemplarily and so far kept an acceptable score for themselves. We are waiting for the second half!

45+3′ Break! 0:0

45+1′ Yellow card. Rakitic cuts down Araujo in a sliding tackle and earns a yellow card

45′ Two minutes added in the first half

42′ Catalan team’s corner kick ends without danger at Bunu goal

41′ The visitors almost scored in their own net. After a canopy in the area of ​​the penalty Gudel substitutes his head, the ball flies over Buna and only chance did not allow the ball to be in the net!

39′ Geye picked up the ball on the outskirts of the box and shot wide of the target

37′ Bade fouls on Gavi. Barcelona getting ready to take a free kick

35′ The players of Sevilla ran into a rare attack, but the guests couldn’t come up with anything here either. Linesman calls Montiel’s second offside in a row

33′ Montiel is offside

32′ Acuña sends a ball into the box from the left flank, Ter Stegen has no problem getting the ball in his hands

31′ En-Nesiri suffers an injury in midfield, play is paused

29′ The Catalans can’t yet make the most of the sheer number of corners in the first half hour. The defenders of Sevilla selflessly do not allow the opponent to break Buna

28′ Players in blue garnet run off to the counterattack, Rafinha on the right flank received the ball and again earned a corner in the fight against the opponent

27′ The Catalans played a low corner, after which Alba shot on goal, but hit the opponent

26′ Shot on goal! Lewandowski got a great long-range shot! Jumping Bunu takes the ball for a corner

25′ Lewandowski could play as an assistant in someone else’s penalty area, but none of the partners responded to his pass

22′ Barcelona players didn’t finish the job after Rafinha’s cross. But time after time, the Catalans win the rebound

21′ From the right flank, the blue garnets filed from the standard into the penalty area. Probably already the sixth or seventh corner earn wards Xavi

20′ Sevilla players fought back after a set piece, but the rebound was left for the Catalans

19′ Barcelona have laid siege to the gates of Bunu. Araujo shot on goal within the penalty area, the Sevilla defender takes the ball for another corner

17′ Shot on goal! Pedri crosses from the corner of the pitch, Araujo opens up for a pass and heads in close to the post!

17′ Shot on goal! Lewandowski shot from an acute angle on goal, the ball hit the Sevilla defender. The next serve from the corner of the field will be performed by Barcelona

16′ Another corner for the Catalans. From Gudel’s leg, the ball goes beyond the front

14′ Rafinha crossed from the left corner of the field into the box, the first on the ball was Gudel

13′ Cross from set piece by Araujo earns a corner for his team

12′ Too many fouls at the start of the match. Rakitic played rough against Kunde on the right flank

11′ Kessier immediately broke the rules by stepping on Akunya’s foot. Sevilla awarded a free kick

9′ Montiel crosses the ball into the box from the right flank, En-Nesiri fails to reach the ball

8′ Substitution for Barcelona. Kessier replaced the injured Busquets

7′ Barcelona are shorthanded and Kessier is ready to replace Busquets

5′ Play has resumed at the Camp Nou. Busquets is out of bounds, but there is no replacement yet

4′ Busquets is injured after contact with En-Nesiri. Medical team assists a Catalan veteran

3′ Barcelona take possession of the ball in the first minutes of the game, trying to break into the defense of Sampaoli

1′ The match has started! Sevilla start from midfield

Before the match

Starting Lineups

Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Alba, Christensen, Araujo, Kunde – Gavi, De Jong, Busquets, Pedri – Rafinha, Lewandowski

Sevilla: Bunu – Montiel, Bade, Gudel, Rekik – Torres, Jordan, Rakitic, Geye, Akunya – En Nesiri


The Catalans top the La Liga standings with 50 points from 19 matches. The gap from the second-placed Real Madrid is 5 points. This season, Xavi’s wards won 16 wins, drew twice and suffered one defeat. The difference between goals scored and conceded by the team is 39:7.

Barcelona are approaching Sevilla on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions. The Blue Garnet managed to win the trophy during this period, having won the final match for the Super Cup against Real Madrid (3:1). The Catalans also made it to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.

Barcelona have won four in a row in their last La Liga matches. The Blue Garnets beat Atlético (1:0), Getafe (1:0), Girona (1:0) and Betis (2:1) in turn.


The Red-Whites are failing the current season, taking a modest 14th place for themselves. Sevilla have 21 points in 19 matches: 5 wins, 6 draws and 8 losses. The difference between goals scored and conceded by the team is 21:26.

Sevilla have 3 wins in the last 4 matches. Wards of Jorge Sampaoli were stronger than Getafe (2:1), Cadiz (1:0) and Elche (3:0). Sevilla played all three matches at their home stadium, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The only defeat in January, “red-white” suffered on the road against “Girona” (1:2) in the 17th round of La Liga.

Last week, Sevilla also completed their performance in the Spanish Cup, losing in the 1/4 final away after extra time to Osasuna (1:2).

Personal meetings

In the first round, Barcelona defeated their opponent on the road with a score of 3:0. In total, in the last 10 matches, the Catalans have won 6 victories, Sevilla won one meeting and three more times the teams parted in peace.

LiveSport.Ru experts have prepared a prediction for the match “Barcelona” – “Sevilla” with a coefficient of 2.03.

Are you weak? 5 easiest and 5 most difficult languages ​​in the world

What determines the “complexity” of a language and is it correct to divide languages ​​into complex and easy?

When choosing a foreign language to learn, people are often guided by different criteria – someone chooses an object for practical reasons (useful, useful), someone for romantic reasons (like the country or the sound of words), and someone just wants to learning was easy, and the result was fast. What determines the “complexity” of a language and is it correct to divide languages ​​into complex and easy?
So you’ve decided to learn a new language, but haven’t decided which one yet. To get started, ask yourself a few questions:
How much time am I willing to devote to a new hobby? 30 minutes a day, 3 hours a week? Why am I going to learn a new language? Will I then be able to easily practice my speaking skills in my own country or will I have to travel abroad often? Am I ready to boldly immerse myself in another, unfamiliar culture along with the study of foreign words, learn a dissimilar alphabet, or should I learn another language from the Latin or Germanic group?
It is very important to feel if there is an intrinsic interest in a new language. I was very drawn to studying Jewish culture at the institute. When my friends and teachers found out that I wanted to study Hebrew, they began to scare me that it was one of the most difficult languages ​​in the world, that it belonged to another group (Semitic), so unlike ours, Slavic. This did not bother me at all, because I had an interest and I knew for sure that I wanted to learn Hebrew.
But if you still want to choose something easy to learn, here are some tips:

The easiest option is to choose a language from your own group.

For example, it will not be difficult for a Russian person to learn Belarusian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak. For an English speaker, it will be easier to learn French, Italian, Spanish. For a representative from South Korea, respectively Chinese, Thai or Japanese.
There are a number of characteristics that distinguish complex languages ​​from easy ones.

  • word length and number of rules;
  • the difference in the transcription of the word and its spelling. It is much easier to learn a language in which the words are spelled the way they are heard;
  • the number of homonyms – words that sound the same but have different meanings.

    All these languages ​​belong to the Latin and Germanic groups. It will take from 600 to 750 hours to study any of them.
    1. English. There are no genders or cases in English grammar. Verbs change only in the third person, words are short. Knowing about 2000 words, you can quite easily understand the text and spoken language of the interlocutor.
    2. French. Some words of this language are similar to English, moreover, we are familiar with it from childhood (many words related to art and politics came from French, there are more than 2000 of them).
    3. Italian. Ideal for those who don’t want to waste time on pronunciation. Here, as in English, there are no cases, and the vocabulary is quite simple. A lot of words have Latin roots, so they are intuitive.
    4. Spanish. There are fairly simple grammar and spelling rules, as well as many words similar to words in Italian and English. Therefore, if you already know English or Italian, it will not be difficult for you at all.
    5. Esperanto. This is an artificial language that has been specifically designed to be easy to learn. The spelling here is the same as in Spanish.


    Difficult languages ​​are usually considered those that have their own alphabet and a large amount of vocabulary. Usually, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, etc. are classified as complex. To learn such a language, you need to spend at least 2200 hours.
    1. Chinese. The main difficulty of Chinese is writing, namely hieroglyphs. Each word here is a separate symbol, from the appearance of which it is impossible to understand exactly how to pronounce it. It is also unusual that the phonetics of the Chinese language has a tonality. In Mandarin, for example, there are 4 intonation options.
    2. Arabic. Most letters in Arabic have 4 different forms. The choice of form depends on the place of the letter in the word. Vowel sounds are not displayed in the letter. This language is very unusual for a Russian person. because the verb here comes before the noun and object and has three forms: singular, dual and plural.