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Austria celebrate victory over Spain after a peanlty shoot out after the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Quarter Final match

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ByGraham Ruthven
30/07/2017 at 18:06 | Updated 30/07/2017 at 19:11

Women’s Euro 2017 quarter-final, Koning Willem II Stadion - Austria 0 Spain 0 (Austria win penalty shootout 5-3)

Manuela Zinsberger was the hero for Austria as they saw off Spain in a penalty shootout to make the final four of the Women’s European Championships.

The goalkeeper made the all-important save from Silvia Meseuger to ensure that Austria’s unlikely success story, sending them into the semi-finals where they will face Denmark following their own shock win against tournament favourites Germany.

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Spain dominated possession but failed to make the most of it, lacking any sort of cutting edge in the final third. Mari Paz came into the starting lineup after the defeat to Scotland in their last appearance, but she ultimately made no impact as Spain crashed out.

This will go down as another disappointing major tournament for them.

TALKING POINT - Can Austria go all the way?

Not much was expected from Austria at these Women’s European Championships, yet in four games they are still to be beaten. They finished top of their group and will now take their place in the final four. What’s more, tournament favourites Germany were knocked out earlier in the day by Denmark, so can Austria go all the way?

Austria celebrate victory over Spain after a peanlty shoot out after the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Quarter Final match

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WOMAN OF THE MATCH - Vicky Losada (Spain)

In a Spain team without much of a cutting edge, Vicky Losada was the only woman in red willing to make something happen in the final third. She was the only one attempting to play the ball in behind or take on an opposition defender. It was therefore extremely peculiar that she was taken off in the second half. Spain paid the price for that, ultimately.

PLAYER RATINGS

Austria - Zinsberger 8, Schiechtl 6, Wenninger 7, Schnaderbeck 7, Aschauer 8, Zadrazil 6, Punigam 7, Billa 6, Feiersinger 7, Burger 6, Makas 5. Subs - Pinther 6, Prohaska 6, Kirchberger 5.

Spain - Panos 5, Corredera 6, Paredes 6, Torrejon 7, Mapi Leon 5, Meseguer 6, Sampedro 7, Latorre 5, Mariona 8, Mari Paz 5. Subs - Hermoso 5, Torrecilla 5, Garcia 6, Puttelas 5.

Laura Feiersinger (R) of Austria vies with Barbara Latorre (L) of Spain during the UEFA Womens Euro 2017 quarter-finals football match between Austria and Spain at the Willem II Stadion (Stadium) in Tilburg on July 30, 2017.

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KEY MOMENTS

6’ JUST WIDE! That was almost the opener for Spain. Meseguer's shot ends up causing mayhem in the Austrian penalty area, but Paredes pokes a shot just past the post. Very close.

43’ JUST WIDE OF THE TARGET! That was an opportunity for Spain. Meseuger was played the ball on the edge of the box, but she could only send the effort wide. Very, very close.

61’ BIG AUSTRIA CHANCE! Burger was in behind the Spanish defence after a mistake, but the women in red do a good job of forcing her wide and making sure she didn't reach Panos' goal.

114’ GOES FOR GOAL! That wasn't the worst effort from Virginia! She was played in behind the Austrian backline and spotted Zinsberger off her line. She attempted the lob but the save was made.

120’ SHOOTOUT - AUSTRIA ARE INTO THE SEMI FINALS! They record a perfect penalty shootout, scoring every single on and Austria will face Denmark in the semi finals of the Women's European Championships.

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