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France held by plucky Austrians
 Women's Football Euros News - 24 Jul 2017
France face an anxious last round of games in Group C to see if they can book their place in the last eight after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Austria.
One of the pre-tournament favourites, who have never progressed beyond the quarter finals in its history, the French were expected to build on their opening victory over Iceland against the first time finalists, who also won their debut match.
France started confidently enough, with an improvised back heel by Marie-Laure Delie flying straight at Austrian keeper Zinsberger, and Amandine Henry firing over from distance. Delie then got on the end of a low cross from Gaethene Thiney but her effort could not beat an outstretched leg from Zinsberger.
Austria rode out the early storm and a bad clearance from Sarah Bouhaddi presented them with a good chance but Feiersinger's shot lacked power and she was able to retrieve the situation.
The Austrians were much more of an attacking force at this stage and they were rewarded on 27 minutes, when Aschauer's long throw was not dealt with by the French defence and Makas took a touch before firing into the roof of the net for the opening goal.
France responded by pushing forward for a quick equaliser but a well drilled Austrian defence ensured that they were restricted to shots from outside the area, meaning they took their lead going into half time.
The pattern continued as the game resumed but six minutes after the restart, France were level. Elis Bussaglia's corner evaded Zinsberger and Henry was on hand to head firmly home.
Henry was off target with a similar header from another corner and Eugenie Le Sommer had a shot blocked as France sought a quick second. It looked to have come on 66 minutes when Henry unleashed a powerful left foot shot from the edge of the area but Zinsberger came to the rescue with a superb save in which she managed to touch the ball onto the bar.
At the other end, a long range effort from Prohaska brought a scrambling save from Bouhaddi but France were continuing to press with Le Sommer drilling a shot inches wide. However they could not make the breakthrough and they need to win their final match to make absolutely sure of going through.
It is all over for Iceland though, who are out of the tournament after going down 2-1 to Switzerland in arguably the best match so far.
Switzerland seized the early initiative and inflicted the early pressure but without really causing huge problems to a robust Icelandic defence and midfield. Lara Dickenmann had a shot blocked and Maritz shot wide before Iceland came up with a superb goal on the half hour.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir played a sumptous pass through the Swiss defence and into the path of Fanndis Fridriksdottir who sped to the edge of the area before drilling a low shot which beat Gaelle Thalmann and arrowed into the far corner of the net.
Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir nearly made it two when she headed narrowly over from a free kick but as half time approached, Ramona Bachmann broke strongly into the area and pulled the ball back for Dickenmann to score the equaliser from eight yards.
The pace of the game did not relent after the break and Brynjarsdottir almost put her side back in front with a glancing header which was just off target. However it was Switzerland who were to take the lead for the first time when a great passing move culminated with Maritz crossing for Bachmann to head in from close range.
There was a long break in play as Thalmann and Jonsdottir clashed heads when dealing with a cross, the Swiss keeper was able to keep going though after having her wound stitched on the pitch.
The stoppage did not disrupt the flow of play too much with both teams continuing to put in full blooded challenges. As the game went into the latter stages, Iceland threw everything they could in search of an equaliser but despite eleven minutes of injury time, the Swiss defence held firm. Bachmann struck the bar at the other end after cutting in from the left but it was mainly Iceland as they had a number of shots charged down in the dying minutes. Their spirited effort was not enough though as Switzerland clung on for a win which gets their qualification chances back on course.

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