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Italy Women vs Belgium Women. Women's European Championship Group D.

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Italy Women 0

    Belgium Women 1

    • T De Caigny (49th minute)

    Italy 0-1 Belgium: Tine De Caigny's goal gives Belgium victory and sets up quarter-final against Sweden

    Tine De Caigny's second-half strike enough to give Belgium victory over Italy, sending them into the last eight of a Women's Euros for the very first time; Belgium will face Sweden at Leigh Sports Village in the third quarter-final on Friday

    Belgium�s Tine De Caigny (no.6) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Group D match at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Monday July 18, 2022
    Image: Belgium's Tine De Caigny celebrates her goal with team-mates

    Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the Women's European Championship for the first time as Tine De Caigny's second-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Italy in their final group match of Euro 2022.

    A sluggish start under the blazing heat at Manchester City's Academy Stadium saw few real chances for either opponent in the early exchanges of the must-win match for both sides.

    Italy enjoyed bright spells throughout and controlled momentum after the restart but could not make the most of their second-half opportunities, while Tessa Wullaert nearly doubled her side's advantage during the seven minutes of stoppage time.

    With both teams keeping a steady eye on proceedings elsewhere, Belgium had the first early chance when Hannah Eurlings' shot on six minutes cruised inches over the woodwork.

    Elena Dhont was next with a near-miss as she latched onto a pass from captain Wullaert but could not put enough power on the ball, her effort easily caught by Italian keeper Laura Giuliani.

    Belgium enjoyed nearly 60 per cent of possession through the first 30 minutes but were frustrated by a formidable Italian defence as both sides looked to find a breakthrough.

    Italy looked the livelier following a 28th-minute drinks break, Lucia Di Guglielmo connecting with a Barbara Bonansea cross but unable to direct her nodded effort into the Belgian net.

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    De Caigny finally broke the deadlock four minutes after the interval when the ball landed at her feet after a series of scrambled touches and she sent a composed strike into the bottom-right corner.

    Belgium's Hannah Eurlings (left) and Italy's Elena Linari battle for the ball during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Group D match at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Monday July 18, 2022.
    Image: Belgium's Hannah Eurlings and Italy's Elena Linari battle for the ball

    The Italians nearly responded minutes later when Cristiana Girelli pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area only to watch her curled attempt bounce off the underside of the crossbar.

    Substitute Valentina Giacinti went closest to levelling but watched as her late strike - and Italy's tournament hopes - were thwarted by a Belgian defender.

    What's next?

    Belgium will face Sweden at Leigh Sports Village in the third quarter-final on Friday.

    Follow Euro 2022 across Sky Sports

    Keep up with all the latest from Euro 2022 across Sky Sports and Sky Sports News this summer.

    Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will give analysis throughout the tournament.

    They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.

    The pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women's Euro 2022 Mobile Presentation Bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where matches are being played.

    In addition, Sky Sports' Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the tournament to Sky Sports Women's Euros Podcast from 21 June. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a strong programme line-up around the tournament.

    Euro 2022: The knock-outs...

    Quarter-finals

    Wednesday July 20

    Quarter-final 1: England vs Spain - kick-off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

    Thursday July 21

    Quarter-final 2: Germany vs Austria - kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

    Friday July 22

    Quarter-final 3: Sweden vs Belgium - kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

    Quarter-final 4: France vs Netherlands - kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

    Semi-finals

    Tuesday July 26

    Semi-final 1: Winners quarter-final 1 vs Winners quarter-final 3 - kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

    Wednesday July 27

    Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 vs Winners quarter-final 4 - kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

    Final

    Sunday July 31

    Winners semi-final 1 vs Winners semi-final 2 - kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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