Germany & Sweden reach Euros last eight

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Dzsenifer Marozsan’s second-half penalty ensured victory for Germany in a game they dominated

Holders Germany reached the quarter-finals of Women’s Euro 2017 as Group B winners by beating Russia 2-0, while Sweden took second spot despite losing 3-2 to already eliminated Italy.

Germany, who are bidding for a seventh consecutive European title, face Group A runners-up Denmark in the last eight.

A spirited Italy display saw them lead three times in a five-goal thriller, to dash Sweden’s hopes of taking top spot.

Hosts the Netherlands face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Swedes, who held Germany to a goalless draw in their opening game and were top of the group on goal difference before Tuesday’s matches, fell behind to Daniela Sabatino’s neat finish.

Lotta Schelin quickly levelled from the penalty spot for the Olympic silver medallists, but Brescia forward Sabatino’s placed volley restored the Italians’ lead before the break.

Soon after half-time, Stina Blackstenius turned in substitute Fridolina Rolfo’s right-wing cross to equalise, and Sweden pushed for a winner.

But Blackstenius hit the post with a close-range header and Italy punished that miss, with Cristiana Girelli’s far-post finish earning their first points of the competition.

Hosts through again

Topping the group means eight-time winners Germany avoid the in-form hosts – one of only two sides with a 100% record – in the next round.

The holders were much improved in Utrecht on Tuesday and could have won by a far greater margin, but Mandy Islacker’s early low finish was correctly ruled out for offside.

Wolfsburg’s Babett Peter soon had them in front from the spot after a bizarre off-the-ball foul from Maria Dakarenko on Islacker.

Russia keeper Tatyana Scherback kept the scoreline close with several fine first-half saves, before Anja Mittag twice fired wide in the second half after Dzsenifer Marozsan’s calm penalty.

Group D leaders England’s campaign continues when they face Portugal on Thursday, when Scotland will need to beat Spain to have any hope of avoiding elimination.

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