While you were asleep: Sweden score stoppage-time winner to beat Belgium at Euro 2022, England beat South Africa by 118 points, West Ham accept £30.5m fee pounds sterling with Sassuolo for Gianluca Scamacca

Linda Sembrant’s last-ditch winner sent Sweden into the semi-finals against England after a dominating performance against a daring Belgian side.

Belgium, playing their first-ever quarter-final, were under immense pressure from the start and had to thank goalkeeper Nicky Evrard in the sixth minute. The 27-year-old superbly read the flight of Filippa Angeldal’s deflected shot from 20 yards out, pushing him for a corner.

Soon after, Evrard was pushed into action again, pulling off a clever reaction save to deny Amanda Ilestedt’s powerful header. Angeldal, the hero of Sweden’s two goals against Portugal, was in the thick of the attacking action as Blågult netted Belgium’s first-half goal.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Fridolina Rolfo’s instinctive volley, the last to be caught by Evrard. Sweden were unable to keep up the attacking pressure, Angeldal resorting to a dipping effort from long range shortly after the hour mark that dropped just above the bar.

Sweden seemed to be running out of time to avoid an extra 30 minutes, but the set-piece specialists eventually broke the Belgian back line. A deep corner from the left was problematic, with Nathalie Bjorn denied by Evrard before Sembrant was perfectly placed to collect the rebound into the roof of the net. Sembrant became Sweden’s oldest women’s EURO scorer at 35 years and 68 days.

Sweden will face England in the first semi-final in Sheffield on Tuesday July 26. The winner of this encounter will be the home team rated in the final on Sunday July 31 at Wembley.

England v South Africa level series

England comfortably beat South Africa by 118 points to tie the ODI three-game series 1-1.

After being batted first in a rain-shortened game, England were knocked out for 201 runs in 28.1 overs. Jason Roy (14), Johnny Bairstow (28), Liam Livingstone (38), Sam Curran (35) and David Willey (21) all lost their wickets immediately after hitting a limit. England continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but their batters kept the scoreboard at a good pace.

For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius (4/36) was the bowlers’ choice. Anrich Nortje (2/53) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/39) contributed with two wickets each.

In response, South Africa dived six-for-four, then 27-for-five, then was carried for 83 runs.

Reece Topley (2/17) set the tone for England by knocking out Janeman Malan and last game centurion Rassie van der Dussen on the Ducks. Aiden Markram also left without scoring. Adil Rashid (3/29) and Moeen Ali (2/22) tore through Proteas’ middle order.

Sam Curran was voted Player of the Game for his overall performance.

The third and final ODI will be played in Leed on Sunday.

Scamacca joins West Ham

West Ham have reached an agreement with Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca.

Scamacca scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo last season. (Case)

West Ham are close to signing Gianluca Scamacca after agreeing a £30.5million fee with Sassuolo for the Italian striker. Scamacca scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo last season and has seven caps for his country.

West Ham also remain interested in Chelsea striker Armando Broja and dialogue between the clubs remains open.

Meanwhile, West Ham missed out on signing Jesse Lingard on a free transfer after joining Nottingham Forest on a one-year deal.

West Ham had offered to sign Lingard and were happy with the offer, but the 29-year-old decided to join the newly promoted side.

West Ham have made three signings so far this summer with the arrivals of defender Nayef Aguerd, who joined Rennes for £30m, and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for £7.75m from Paris Saint-Germain after his successful loan spell last season and midfielder Flynn Downes. of Swansea City for an undisclosed sum.

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