MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) – Belgium advanced to the quarter-finals of the Women’s European Championship for the first time since a 1-0 win over Italy on Monday that also saw Iceland eliminated.
Midfielder Tyne de Cagney scored in the 49th minute and Belgium won. After the final whistle, Belgium had to wait for their pass to be confirmed at the mercy of Iceland’s 1–1 draw against France after 12 minutes of playtime stoppage time.
Belgium will face Sweden in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Friday.
France had already finished first in the group and will face defending champions Netherlands on Saturday.
De Cagney breathed life into the match after being cautious in the first half. Italy failed to clear a free kick and de Cagni finished with a powerful shot inside the area.
Italy had many chances to score. His forward and captain Cristiana Girelli hit a shot just below the crossbar shortly after Cagni’s goal, and substitute Valentina Giacinti also hit a post.
In stoppage time, Captain Tessa Woolert hit the post.
Meanwhile, Iceland scored from a penalty with the last shot of the game, 12 minutes into extra time, to level. The referee blew the final whistle of the match, giving Iceland a chance to find the winning goal to qualify.
France gave up minutes for their substitute against Iceland, but still went ahead with a goal in 43 seconds from Melvin Mallard in the game, the fastest ever in the tournament.
France took a 2–0 lead twice before the goals were denied after a video review. A second Mallard goal was declared offside, and Grace Giorro had a disallowed handball goal before scoring in the 88th.
Iceland would have qualified with a win over France, but could have reached the quarter-finals with a draw or a loss if Italy had drawn with Belgium on the basis of the yellow and red card tiebreakers.