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UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Power Rankings: Who can stop Germany?

10:00 PM SGT 19/7/22
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The quarter-finals of the 2022 UEFA Women's Euro are set, with four incredibly different ties to kick off the knockout round of what has already been a superb tournament. It's perhaps the most open and competitive edition of this competition to date, as underlined by the numerous shocks and surprises we've seen in the group stage.

So, how do the remaining eight nations stack up as we head into these crucial fixtures? Below, GOAL runs the rule over those still standing...

  • Belgium Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #8 Belgium

    Last time: 12th

    Perhaps the least-fanciest – and certainly least-talked about – team in Group D, Belgium's consistency, team spirit and tactical nous helped them make history by reaching this team's first ever major tournament quarter-final, at just the second attempt.

    Their reward is an incredibly difficult tie with Sweden, but they have absolutely nothing to lose and have already shown how they can trouble a huge side in their narrow 2-1 defeat to France.

  • Austria Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #7 Austria

    Last time: 7th

    One of the most impressive teams in the group stages, Irene Fuhrmann's Austria have been characterised by hard work, good coaching and an ability to take their chances.

    They will face eight-time European champions Germany in the last eight, a huge challenge, but it's a team they know well, with 13 members of this squad playing their football in the Frauen-Bundesliga.

  • Spain Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #6 Spain

    Last time: 6th

    Spain had a tough time of it but came through the 'group of death' in the end, beating Finland and then Denmark, having lost to Germany in between.

    Frustrations in front of goal, despite mass possession, was the story of their first three games of the tournament and they will need to figure those issues out quickly, as they face an England side in the last eight who are yet to concede.

  • Netherlands Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #5 Netherlands

    Last time: 5th

    The Netherlands have been hit with a number of setbacks at the Euros, losing players to injury and Covid-19, with star striker Vivianne Miedema suffering from the latter alongside Jackie Groenen, who shone in their opening game with Sweden.

    However, they've adapted well to the challenges and the young talent in their squad has impressed when given the chance. After a point against the Swedes in the group, they face another big test of their credentials in the quarters, as they take on France.

  • France Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #4 France

    Last time: 3rd

    After showing their firepower and wealth of attacking options in the first game, a 5-1 win over Italy, France have stuttered a little. They demonstrated great character to beat a stubborn Belgium side, but then conceded several chances in a 1-1 draw with Iceland that rounded off the group stage.

    They had already qualified and therefore rotated a little for the latter match, so perhaps their struggles should be taken with a pinch of salt. Either way, they have arguably the toughest quarter-final of any group winner, so we'll know more about their true strength after Saturday's game against the Dutch.

  • England Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #3 England

    Last time: 2nd

    Whether it was nerves or something else, England didn't blow anyone away when they beat Austria 1-0 in their opening fixture – and they could even have drawn the game, as their opponents piled on the pressure towards the end.

    However, since then, they've been on fire. They beat Norway 8-0 in a record-breaking result, then hit Northern Ireland for five. Their ranking drops a little, though, simply because of the quality of their next opponent: Spain.

  • Sweden Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #2 Sweden

    Last time: 4th

    According to the old adage, you can't peak too early if you want to win a major international tournament. You have to time it just right. It feels like Sweden are doing something along those lines.

    After a draw with the Netherlands in their opener, they improved noticeably in subsequent wins over Switzerland and Portugal, with the latter game ending 5-0. They now face the second-lowest ranked side in the quarter-finals, Belgium, so will be expected to continue that form.

  • Germany Women's Euro Power Rankings

    #1 Germany

    Last time: 1st

    One of the other great cliches when it comes to tournament football is: you cannot write off the Germans. Before the Euros, some did that. But Germany have been the most formidable and impressive of the 16 sides on show in England so far this summer.

    Defensively, they look focused and solid. On the attack, they are fearsome and ruthless. And on their bench, they have incredible depth and quality.

    It'll take something special to stop them in their quest for a ninth European title.