Germany-France at Euro 2022: Klara Buhl excluded from the semi-final with the Covid
|Date: Wednesday July 27. Venue: MK Stadium, Milton Keynes. To start up: 8:00 p.m. BST.|
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Winger Klara Buhl will miss Germany’s Euro 2022 semi-final against France after testing positive for Covid.
The 21-year-old has played in all four games for her country so far – all won by Germany, scoring 11 goals and conceding none.
France is trying to reach the final for the first time against the eight-time winners.
The duo meet in Milton Keynes for the right to play either England or Sweden in Sunday’s final at Wembley.
German team ‘under control’ after Buhl’s positive test
The German FA said Buhl was self-isolating but had no symptoms and the rest of the squad and staff had tested negative.
“The most important thing is that Klara is feeling very well and has hardly any symptoms, which is why we were surprised to hear that she is positive,” the head coach said. Germany Martina Voss-Tecklenburg at Tuesday’s press conference.
“It dampened us all a bit. We knew it could happen and see it as our next challenge. We will try to stay in this tournament and bring some happiness to it.
“We tested everyone and everyone seems fine. We had a meeting with the team and we can only influence the things we can influence.
“We support the player and everyone has contacted Klara. I know this team is so amazing it will bring them closer.”
“We want to make history”
France, who are in their first semi-final, needed extra time to beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
The victory saw Les Bleues qualify for the last four after losing in the quarter-finals in 2009, 2013 and 2017, while they were also beaten in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup and the Olympics. of 2012.
Boss Corinne Deacon challenged her team, third in the world rankings (two places ahead of Germany), to do something no French women’s team had done before and make it a grand finale.
“We have reached an important milestone but this is not the end,” she said. “We really want to play this final and our ambition was to play on July 31. Now we still have an important game to tackle.
“We want to build history. Players and staff want to write our history now and we still have a bit of a way to go.
“I’m very proud because this team was aiming for a big goal, this team gives absolutely everything.”
Germany beat Austria 2-0 on Thursday, ahead of France’s extra-time win over the Netherlands two days later, though Deacon isn’t worried about having less time to recover than his opponents.
“It’s the calendar, it’s like that and we knew it from the start,” she added. “We will do as usual, we will adapt. I’m not worried.”
“The next big step will be a bigger challenge”
Germany have won the tournament eight of 12 times, including six in a row between 1995 and 2013, although they lost in the quarter-finals in 2017.
Oliver Bierhoff, the manager of the German men’s and women’s national team, had previously said he expected Germany to at least qualify for the semi-finals.
After his victory against Austria, Voss-Tecklenburg said: “If I take the words of Oliver Bierhoff that it’s a success to be in the last four of a major tournament, we did it for the moment and it’s good and makes us proud.
“But, nevertheless, we want to win this semi-final and we know that the next big step will be a bigger challenge.
“France have incredible transition quality and fantastic individual players with a lot of pace. We will give everything we have on Wednesday.
“I believe France respect us too, so it’s going to be a game of equals.”
In England, Germany finished top of Group B with victories over 2017 finalists Denmark, who knocked them out five years ago, pre-tournament betting favorites Spain and Turkey. Finland.
France, unbeaten in 18 matches, came top of Group D after beating Italy 5-1 in their opener, followed by a win against Belgium and a draw with Iceland.
Sunday’s final at Wembley, with a capacity of 90,000, is sold out and could break attendance record for any men’s or women’s Euro match.
Main travel issues for the second semi-final
This will be the fourth match to be staged at Stadium MK, home of men’s Ligue 1 side MK Dons, with a 28,600 capacity ground for the tournament.
However, a national railway strike is due to take place on Wednesday which means fans will not be able to travel to the game by train and will have to find other options.
Spectators are also advised not to drive to MK Stadium as there is no parking available, but there are spaces available in the city center at the National Bowl, which is 40 minutes away walk from the site.
A shuttle bus runs from the city center to the stadium, but tickets will cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children – plus booking fees – while a bespoke coach service run by National Express from London is fully booked.