Traditional women’s football powerhouses Germany take on a Spain side that many believe will win UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
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Germany vs Spain: Head to head
- Brentford Community Stadium hosts heavyweight competition on Matchday 2 of Group B as Germany continue their quest for a ninth UEFA Women’s EURO title against Spain.
- Germany will be aiming to preserve their unbeaten record in this fixture, having won three of the teams’ previous six meetings.
- The nations are playing each other on English soil for the second time this year, having drawn 1-1 at Middlesbrough on February 17 in a four-team friendly tournament. Alexia Putellas opened the scoring just after the break, but Lea Schüller’s 88th-minute equalizer prevented a first-ever Spanish win in the game.
- The last competitive match involving these two also came on Matchday 2 of Group B of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Valenciennes. Germany continued their flawless campaign in the group stage at this tournament in France with a 1-0 win, courtesy of Sara Däbritz’s 42nd-minute close range finish.
- Two of the last three encounters have been drawn, with the sides playing a goalless draw in Erfurt in November 2018.
- Germany have won the last two competitive encounters, keeping a clean sheet in each, with the pair crossing paths in EURO 2013 qualifying.
- Spain rallied from a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw at Motril in November 2011 and end Germany’s 38-game winning streak in the competition, qualifiers and finals combined. Germany retaliated with a 5-0 win at Mannheim in March 2012, with Alexandra Popp among the scorers.
- Spain have scored just once in their last four meetings with Germany since that 2-2 draw in November 2011.
- Germany, however, have scored just two goals in the last three meetings – they had netted 13 in the first three, including a 6-0 friendly win in the opener in April 1997.
- Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s Germany are aiming to lift the EURO trophy for the ninth time, having won eight of their previous ten appearances. Norway, with two, are the only other multiple champions in the competition.
- Germany have triumphed in each of the six previous EUROs and had finished in the top four in each of their first nine appearances before a quarter-final loss to Denmark in 2017.
- Spain are playing their fourth EURO and reached the semi-finals on their debut, but have yet to return to the last four.
- La Roja have successfully negotiated the group stage in each of their previous three EURO appearances, but have yet to win a knockout tie in the final, going out to the quarter-finals in the last two tournaments after having reached the last four in 1997.
- Germany rode a flawless Group I campaign to book their place at EURO 2022, winning all eight of their qualifiers – scoring 46 goals and conceding just once.
- Spain topped Group D in qualifying for this tournament, scoring 48 goals – tied with Denmark and the Netherlands as the highest tally – and conceding just once. The 0-0 draw with Poland in Lublin in November 2019 was the only time Jorge Vilda’s side dropped points in their eight-game campaign.
- The 27-year-old struck the winner the last time Germany met Spain in competition, when they won the 2019 World Cup group stage.
- The midfielder made two substitute appearances as Germany won the EURO 2013 title, including the quarter-final triumph over Italy.
- Däbritz scored his first hat-trick for the national side in an 8-0 EURO 2022 qualifying win over Ukraine in September 2019.
- She became Olympique Lyonnais’ first signing this summer on June 8, joining the club on a contract that runs until 2025 after three years with Women’s Division 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
- The 31-year-old scored Germany’s third goal in the 5-0 EURO 2013 qualifying win over Spain in March 2012.
- Popp featured in all six matches as Germany won gold at the 2016 Olympics, having missed out on success at EURO 2013 through injury.
- She is the most experienced member of Germany’s squad for this tournament, having made her national team debut in February 2010.
- The striker helped Wolfsburg win the Frauen-Bundesliga title in 2021/22, his seventh league championship in ten seasons with the club.
- The 24-year-old netted the equalizer two minutes from time in the 1-1 friendly draw with Spain on February 17.
- The forward was mainly used as a substitute in EURO 2022 qualifying, with four of her five appearances on the bench.
- Schüller has started six of Germany’s eight 2023 World Cup qualifiers, however, scoring 11 goals.
- The forward was the 2021/22 Frauen-Bundesliga top scorer with 16 goals, three more than any other player, making her the first Bayern player to win the award.
- The 26-year-old was one of three players to start all eight EURO 2022 qualifiers in Spain, along with Patricia Guijarro and Alexia Putellas.
- Caldentey scored six goals in the EURO 2022 qualifying campaign, including a hat-trick in a 9-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau in September 2020.
- The Barcelona striker has scored eight times in his four 2023 World Cup qualifying outings, with only Amaiur Sarriegi (11) scoring more for La Roja.
- Under current senior manager Jorge Vilda, the striker was part of the Spanish side that finished runners-up to the Vivianne Miedema-inspired Netherlands in the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship 2014.
- The 29-year-old scored eight goals in EURO 2022 qualifying, including five in a 13-0 win over Azerbaijan in Baku in February 2021.
- The striker was an unused member of the squad as La Roja reached the quarter-finals of EURO 2017.
- González was part of the Spain squad that reached the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final in 2009, losing 7-0 to Germany in the final in Switzerland .
- The striker scored 17 goals to end the 2021/22 season as Real Madrid’s top scorer in her debut season with the club.
- The 29-year-old has conceded just one goal in five EURO 2022 qualifying appearances, in a 5-1 win over the Czech Republic in Prague in October 2019.
- The keeper has kept a clean sheet in her four outings in the preliminaries ahead of the 2023 World Cup.
- Paños was one of four La Roja players to play every minute at EURO 2017, along with Silvia Meseguer, Irene Paredes and Marta Torrejón.
- The Barcelona No.1 was named the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season in August 2021.