Sport|European football championships
Helmarien Adelina Engman came out in a positive light on the pages of Urheilulehti AS.
Women’s Spain, one of the favorites in European Championship football, started its championship hunt on Friday evening with a convincing 4–1 victory over Finland.
The result could have been much sadder for the Helmarii, as Finland was a complete underdog in its EC opener by Linda Sällström despite the quick finish.
Spain held the ball for about 70 percent of the match. Another poor percentage reading was the pass success rate, which was only 61 in Finland. Successful passes were recorded 622-132 for Spain. Spain held the ball and Helmarit ran after.
Goal attempts went to Spain 32–4, attacks 62–10 and corner kicks 17–0. The level difference was known to be tough before the match, but it was downright absurd.
About the Helmarit match no big headlines were made in the Spanish sports media, although the country’s rise to victory in its opening game was naturally reflected in a positive tone.
“Spain smiles again”, sports newspaper Marca title.
In his story, Marca paints a picture of a Spanish merry-go-round of emotions, which quickly spins from dream to nightmare and back again. According to the newspaper, the victory left a good taste in the mouth when thinking about the upcoming EC games.
Keeper by Sandra Paños According to Marca, Sällström’s shot, which hit the post from the save and rebounded into the goal, was an unexpected twist in the script.
Spain also dominated the airspace in Milton Keynes evening. Helmarit defended classlessly in special situations, and Spain took command with three header goals.
Irene Paredes header from the first corner kick, Fence Bonmatí of the usual concentration of the second and Lucia Garcia from the third corner kick.
Marion Caldentey shot the Final Readings from the overtime penalty kick.
“The team overcame adversity. That was for you, Alexia,” sports newspaper FLAT wrote to the team’s number one player, who was sidelined from real action due to injury To Alexia Putellas referring to.
Spain coach Jorge Vilda said after the match to the media that Finland was known in the Spanish camp as a team that could hurt them. Helmarien Adelina Engman on the other hand, came out in a positive light on the pages of AS.
“One of the biggest threats was the Finnish Engman, who made the Spanish defenders tremble every time he took possession of the ball on his right wing,” wrote AS.
The newspaper also wrote positively about Spain’s chances of success, declaring that the road to history has begun, and no limits can be set for the team.
Spain’s best European Championship achievement so far is a place in the semi-finals in 1997. In the World Championships, the country has progressed to the quarter-finals at best.
All may be different this summer, as Spain, ranked seventh in the International Football Association Fifa, is one of the favorites for the tournament.
“Coup in Spain’s European Championship opening”, sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo declared and added that the victory came after a convincing performance.
“They didn’t plan to lose their opener against Finland. Finland is an affordable opponent, undoubtedly the weakest in Group B compared to the strong Germany and Denmark, so Vilda’s girls showed their claws and dominated their opponent.”
“However, it was scary at first when Linda Sällström put Finland in the lead before even a minute had been played,” added Mundo Deportivo.
Sällström’s performance is also associated with a small error that appeared in the international media, as the news agency AFP reported that the Paris FC striker finished his shot coolly Anna Westerlund after a long ball.
In reality, Sällström plays for the Swedish Vittsjö GIK, to which he transferred for this season from the Helsinki Football Club. Sällström left Paris behind already last year when he returned to domestic fields with his transfer to HJK.
Spain plays its next match on Tuesday against Germany. Germany crushed Denmark 4-0 in their opening match on Friday.
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