Women's Euro 2022

Sarina Wiegman: 'I think I went a little crazy' after Spain comeback

Ali Rampling
Wiegman celebrates England's victory over Spain
Wiegman celebrates England's victory over Spain / Naomi Baker/GettyImages
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Sarina Wiegman has admitted she 'went a little crazy' with joy after England booked their place in the Euro 2022 semi finals with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Spain.

The Lionesses had trailed 1-0 until the 84th minute against one of the pre-tournament favourites, before a late Ella Toone equaliser and then a Georgia Stanway screamer in extra time turned the game on its head.

The final whistle was greeted with a huge outpouring of emotion from the usually calm and measured Wiegman, the England boss raising her arms to the supporters with a cry of celebration and clenching her fists towards the camera.

"I think I went a little crazy, I was so happy," Wiegman said. "Of course, I tried to stay calm but this was so close and such a game that could go both ways all the time.

"With Spain who have a really good possession game and are a really strong team - one of the favourites for this tournament - and we want to play too, we have a possession game too so it was a really open game.

"And I think the level of this game was so high, it was nice to watch. I hope we get more of those moments."

Wiegman was waiting on a negative Covid-19 test to confirm her attendance on the touchline after being forced to watch the Northern Ireland victory from the team hotel - with her negative test only publicly confirmed three hours before kick off.

"For me personally it was also a crazy day," she added. "It was also a very exciting day because we had this game and it was all about the game and the team, but I was still waiting on this last tiny little negative test.

"This morning I was ready to go and then had to wait and finally in the afternoon I could go, but we had two scenarios ready; one where I would stay at the hotel and watch the game and one where I was here, and I'm so happy I was here."

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