England 1-0 Austria: Lionesses get off to winning Euro 2022 start

England 1-0 Austria: Lionesses get off to winning Euro 2022 start


Beth Mead helped England get off to a winning start at Euro 2022 as they beat Austria in front of a record crowd for a European Women’s Championship game at Old Trafford.

The Arsenal winger chested down Fran Kirby’s lifted pass and deftly touched it over club team-mate Manuela Zinsberger after just 16 minutes.

There was a roar from the majority of the 68,871 in attendance as Mead turned to them passionately with her arms in the air – though, they were made to wait anxiously as there was a VAR check for a possible offside.

The early goal settled England’s nerves and they quickly began to dominate in Manchester.

Mead, Georgia Stanway and Kirby offered plenty of creativity and movement in the first half and one criticism may have been England’s lack of ruthlessness.

But it was a job well done in the tournament opener and though Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps was called into action to deny Barbara Dunst in the second half, Austria were reduced to few clear-cut chances.

The Lionesses, who are in Group A with Austria, Northern Ireland and Norway, are aiming to win their first major tournament – and have started that bid by extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches.

Sarina Wiegman’s side face arguably their toughest test of the group stages on Monday when they take on Norway, ranked 11th in the world.

Job done for England

England’s task on the opening night was simple: win at all costs.

They did that and though it was not the free-flowing performance Wiegman may have hoped to see, it kickstarted their Euro campaign and gave the home fans at Old Trafford a result they could celebrate.

Fans gathered outside the stadium hours before kick-off, wearing England’s new shirt and posing for photographs in front of Old Trafford’s famous statues.

Austria’s fans also gathered in numbers, chanting and draped in flags as they tried to get in the background of television shots as crews worked outside.

It was a memorable night – not for the performance but for the occasion – and England will hope to gather momentum as they prepare for a tough match on Monday.

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  1. Squad number18Player nameKelly
  2. Squad number20Player nameToone
  3. Squad number23Player nameRusso


  1. Squad number1Player nameZinsberger

  2. Squad number12Player nameWienroither

  3. Squad number7Player nameWenninger

  4. Squad number11Player nameSchnaderbeck

  5. Squad number19Player nameHanshaw

  6. Squad number17Player namePuntigam

  7. Squad number8Player nameDunst

  8. Squad number9Player nameZadrazil

  9. Squad number10Player nameFeiersinger

  10. Squad number3Player nameNaschenweng

  11. Squad number15Player nameBilla

  1. Squad number2Player nameGeorgieva

  2. Squad number14Player nameHöbinger

  3. Squad number18Player nameHickelsberger-Füller



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Bright
  • 8Williamson
  • 3Daly
  • 10Stanway
  • 4Walsh
  • 7MeadSubstituted forKellyat 64′minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forTooneat 63′minutes
  • 11Hemp
  • 9WhiteSubstituted forRussoat 64′minutes


  • 5Greenwood
  • 12Carter
  • 13Hampton
  • 15Stokes
  • 16Scott
  • 17Parris
  • 18Kelly
  • 19England
  • 20Toone
  • 21Roebuck
  • 22Wubben-Moy
  • 23Russo


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 12Wienroither
  • 7Wenninger
  • 11SchnaderbeckSubstituted forGeorgievaat 77′minutes
  • 19Hanshaw
  • 17Puntigam
  • 8Dunst
  • 9Zadrazil
  • 10FeiersingerSubstituted forHöbingerat 87′minutes
  • 3NaschenwengSubstituted forHickelsberger-Füllerat 59′minutes
  • 15Billa


  • 2Georgieva
  • 4Degen
  • 5Schasching
  • 6Schiechtl
  • 13Kirchberger
  • 14Höbinger
  • 16Eder
  • 18Hickelsberger-Füller
  • 20Makas
  • 21Kresche
  • 22Enzinger
  • 23Pal

Marta Huerta de Aza

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