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WATCH: England's Russo scores stunning backheel to guide Lionesses into Euros final with Sweden thrashing

21:23 BST 26/07/2022
Alessia Russo back heel Euro 2022
The hosts inched closer to a long-awaited trophy, with their third strike proving the highlight of a nearly-perfect performance

England's Alessia Russo scored a stunning backheel goal to help lift her country towards the Euro 2020 final as the Lionesses blitzed Sweden at Bramall Lane.

Russo's goal was the third in the Lionesses' semi-final clash with Sweden, with France or Germany waiting on the other side of the bracket.

The goal, which effectively sealed the win, was a stunning one as Russo's backheel nutmegged Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Watch: Russo's backheel stunner

What happened?

Beth Mead's opening goal for England sent Bramall Lane into a frenzy as the Lionesses seized a first-half lead.

Mead scored in the 34th minute of Tuesday's match as she netted her sixth goal of the tournament, giving her the joint-most goals in a single Euros.

The goal came via an assist from Lucy Bronze, who scored England's second goal to double the host nation's lead.

Russo's backheel finish was next, with Fran Kirby adding a lobbed fourth for good measure in the 76th minute.

"You must have so much courage to do something such an unpredictable and phenomenal thing like that," said head coach Sarina Wiegman about Russo's finish.

Added Mead on Russo: "Megsing the goalkeeper with a backheel - I don't think it gets better than that in a semi-final."

Watch: Mead's goal against Sweden

Watch: Bronze's goal against Sweden

Watch: Kirby lobs Lindahl to seal victory