Traditional women's football powerhouses Germany face a Spain team many are tipping to win UEFA Women's EURO 2022.
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Germany vs Spain: Head-to-head
- The Brentford Community Stadium hosts a heavyweight contest on Matchday 2 of Group B as Germany continue their quest for a ninth UEFA Women's EURO title against Spain.
- Both teams hit four goals as they recorded impressive wins in their respective openers on 8 July.
- Germany, playing their 500th official match, avenged their 2017 exit at the hands of Denmark in style with a convincing 4-0 success at Brentford. Lina Magull (21) opened the scoring before second-half strikes from Lea Schüller (57) and substitutes Lena Lattwein (78) and Alexandra Popp (86), Germany also hitting the woodwork on three occasions.
- Spain recovered from conceding in the opening minute – the fastest-ever group stage goal at a Women's EURO – to win 4-1 in Milton Keynes, scoring a trio of headers from Irene Paredes (26), Aitana Bonmatí (41) and substitute Lucía García (75). Mariona Caldentey (90+5) converted a penalty in added time as La Roja scored four in a match at the EURO finals for the first time.
- Germany will be aiming to preserve their unbeaten record in this fixture, having won three of previous six encounters between the sides.
- The nations are facing each other on English soil for the second time this year, having drawn 1-1 in Middlesbrough on 17 February as part of a four-team friendly tournament. Alexia Putellas opened the scoring just after the interval, only for Lea Schüller's 88th-minute equaliser to prevent a first ever Spanish victory in this fixture.
- The last competitive match involving these two was also on Matchday 2 in Group B at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Valenciennes. Germany continued their perfect group stage campaign in that tournament in France with a 1-0 victory, thanks to Sara Däbritz's close-range finish in the 42nd minute.
- Two of the last three meetings have been drawn, the sides playing out a goalless friendly draw in Erfurt in November 2018.
- Germany have won the last two competitive meetings, keeping a clean sheet in each, with the pair crossing paths in qualifying for EURO 2013.
- Spain recovered from a two-goal deficit to rescue a 2-2 draw in Motril in November 2011 to end Germany's 38-match winning run in the competition, qualifiers and finals combined. Germany hit back with a 5-0 victory in Mannheim in March 2012, with Alexandra Popp among the scorers.
- Spain have scored just once in their last four meetings with Germany since that 2-2 draw in November 2011.
- Germany, however, have struck only two goals in the last three encounters – they had scored 13 in the opening three, including a 6-0 friendly victory in the first fixture in April 1997.
- Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's Germany are aiming to lift the EURO trophy for the ninth time, having been victorious in eight of their ten previous appearances. Norway, with two, are the competition's only other multiple champions.
- Germany triumphed in each of the previous six editions of EURO, and had finished in the top four in each of their first nine participations prior to a 2017 quarter-final defeat by Denmark.
- Spain are competing at their fourth EURO and reached the semi-finals on debut but are yet to return to the last four.
- La Roja have successfully negotiated the group stage in each of their three previous EURO appearances but are yet to win a knockout match in the finals, going out in the quarter-finals in the last two tournaments after reaching the last four in 1997.
- Germany posted a flawless Group I campaign to book their place at EURO 2022, winning all eight of their qualifiers – scoring 46 goals and conceding just once.
- Spain topped Group D in qualifying for this tournament, scoring 48 goals – level with Denmark and the Netherlands as the joint highest total overall – and conceding just once. The 0-0 draw against Poland in Lublin in November 2019 was the only time Jorge Vilda's side dropped points in their eight-game campaign.
- Germany have won all seven of their Women's EURO matches in England, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.
- Die Nationalelf's 4-0 victory against Denmark on 8 July was their largest at the tournament since the 2009 final – a 6-2 victory against England – and their sixth win by a four-goal margin or greater.
- Germany have now struck four goals in a EURO match on nine occasions; no other side has done so more than four times.
- Germany have suffered defeat in just one of their 19 EURO group stage matches (W14 D4) – the 1-0 Matchday 3 loss to Norway at the 2013 edition.
- Spain's 4-1 Matchday 1 success set a new record for La Roja's biggest margin of victory at the EURO finals.
- That win against Finland means Spain have already equalled their best goalscoring tally in a EURO group stage, set in 2013.
- La Roja could record two victories at a single EURO for the first time.
- Spain's last three EURO wins have come in their opening match of the tournament, since their 1-0 Matchday 3 success against Russia in 1997.
Ones to watch: Germany
- The 27-year-old struck the winner the last time Germany met Spain in competitive action, in the group stage victory at the 2019 World Cup.
- The midfielder made two substitute appearances as Germany secured the EURO 2013 title, including the quarter-final triumph against Italy.
- Däbritz hit her first hat-trick for the national side in an 8-0 EURO 2022 qualifying victory against Ukraine in September 2019.
- She became Olympique Lyonnais' first signing this summer on 8 June, joining the club on a contract that runs until 2025 after three years with Division 1 Féminine rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
- The 31-year-old scored Germany's third goal in the 5-0 EURO 2013 qualifying victory against Spain in March 2012.
- Popp featured in all six matches as Germany won gold at the 2016 Olympics, having missed out on EURO 2013 success due to injury.
- She is the most experienced member of the Germany squad for this tournament, having made her debut for the national side in February 2010.
- The striker helped Wolfsburg lift the Frauen-Bundesliga title in 2021/22, her seventh league championship in ten seasons with the club.
- The 27-year-old scored Germany's first goal of EURO 2022 in the 4-0 Matchday 1 win against Denmark on 8 July.
- The midfielder also created her side's second against the Danes at the Brentford Community Stadium, in a performance that earned her the Player of the Match award.
- Magull had four attempts on target in Germany's EURO 2022 opener – no player had more across the whole of Matchday 1.
- The Bayern München player scored five EURO 2022 qualifying goals, including a hat-trick in the home win against Ukraine in October 2019. Only Klara Bühl (six) scored more for Germany.
Ones to watch: Spain
- The 26-year-old was one of three players to start all eight of Spain's EURO 2022 qualifiers, along with Patricia Guijarro and Alexia Putellas.
- Caldentey scored six goals in the EURO 2022 qualification campaign, including a hat-trick in a 9-0 victory against Moldova in Chisinau in September 2020.
- The Barcelona forward has struck eight times in her four outings in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, with only Amaiur Sarriegi (11) scoring more for La Roja.
- Under current senior coach Jorge Vilda the attacker was part of the Spain side that finished as runners-up to a Vivianne Miedema-inspired Netherlands at the 2014 UEFA Women's European Under-19 Championship.
- The 29-year-old scored eight goals in qualifying for EURO 2022, including five in a 13-0 win against Azerbaijan in Baku in February 2021.
- The attacker was an unused squad member as La Roja reached the quarter-finals of EURO 2017.
- González was part of the Spain side that reached the final of the UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship in 2009, losing 7-0 to Germany in the showpiece in Switzerland.
- The forward struck 17 goals to finish 2021/22 as Real Madrid's leading scorer in her first season with the club.
- The 29-year-old conceded just once in her five EURO 2022 qualifying appearances, in the 5-1 win against the Czech Republic in Prague in October 2019.
- The goalkeeper has kept a clean sheet in all four of her outings in the preliminaries ahead of the 2023 World Cup.
- Paños was one of four La Roja players to feature in every minute at EURO 2017, along with Silvia Meseguer, Irene Paredes and Marta Torrejón.
- The Barcelona No1 was named the 2020/21 UEFA Women's Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season in August 2021.