England 1-0 Austria: player ratings from the Euro 2022 opening game | Women’s Euro 2022


England (4-1-2-3)

Mary Earps A special night for the Manchester United goalkeeper who reacted superbly to keep Barbara Dunst’s shot out. A great, and vital, save. 7

Lucy Bronze Barcelona’s swashbuckling new right-back recovered from illness in time to petrify the left side of Austria’s defence. Sometimes let down by her final balls. 6

Millie Bright Some sporadic, important dribbles out of defensive tight spots emphasised her growing poise under pressure. A fine performance. 8

Leah Williamson The captain reverted to her natural central defensive role, pushing Alex Greenwood down to the bench and dovetailed well with Bright. 7

Rachel Daly England’s answer to a “total footballer” was preferred to Demi Stokes at left back and duelled with Dunst. 6

Keira Walsh The midfield anchor generally held things together but was sometimes exposed when Billa dropped deep and Zadrazil strutted her stuff. 6

Millie Bright made some important dribbles out of defence in a commanding performance for England.
Millie Bright made some important dribbles out of defence in a commanding performance for England. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/The FA/Getty Images

Fran Kirby Swiftly created Beth Mead’s opener. Was behind all England’s best attacking moves and won some important second balls. 9

Georgia Stanway Revelled in box to box midfield role but sometimes lost Zadrazil and could have done more to support Walsh at times. 7

Beth Mead Her excellent control, touch and adroit chip over Zinsberger served as a reminder the Arsenal winger once played centre-forward for Sunderland. 8

Ellen White England’s record scorer flashed a header wide and drifted into some decent positions but was well marked. 6

Lauren Hemp The Manchester City left-winger’s pace and incisive deliveries persistently ruffled Austria but her final ball sometimes let her down and Wienroither never made it easy for her. 7

Substitutes: Toone (for Kirby 63) 6; Kelly (for Mead 63) 6; Russo (for White 63) 6.

Austria (4-3-3)

Manuela Zinsberger The Arsenal goalkeeper was beaten by Mead’s skill for the first goal but was often well protected by her team’s compact defending. 6

Laura Wienroither Another Arsenal player, the right-back found herself up against Hemp and never gave in. Crossed well. 7

Carina Wenninger Currently at AS Roma on loan from Bayern Munich, the commanding defender made a desperate attempt to hack Mead’s goal clear but it was already over the line. 6

Viki Schnaderbeck Austria’s captain is seeking a new club after stints at Arsenal and Tottenham (on loan) but made some important defensive interceptions. 7

Verena Hanshaw One of a handful of Eintracht Frankfurt players in the national squad, the left-back had to contend with both Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze’s overlaps. 6

Sarah Puntigam The Montpellier midfielder was deployed in a holding role, allowing Zadrazil and Feiersinger to operate between England’s lines. 6

Sarah Zadrazil Irene Fuhrmann’s star midfielder is a regular starter for Bayern Munich and there were moments when she lit up midfield. 8

Laura Feiersinger The midfielder plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and
impressed alongside Zadrazil; one interception to deny Bronze lingers in the memory. 8

Katharina Naschenweng Another member of the Hoffenheim contingent was kept busy by Mead and Bronze. 5

Nicole Billa The Hoffenheim striker led the line intelligently and her movement kept England’s regarguard on their toes. 6

Barbara Dunst The right-sided Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder forced Mary Earps into a sensational late save. 6

Substitutes: Julia Hickelsberger-Fuller (for Naschenweng 59) 7; Georgieva (for Schnaderbeck 77) 6; Marie Hobinger (for Feiersinger 86) 6.



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