Spain seal Euro women's quarters spot

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Spain have booked a quarter-final meeting with women's Euro hosts England after a 1-0 win over Denmark ensured they finished as runners-up in Group B.

Having beaten Finland in their opening game, a draw was all Spain needed to seal their place in the last eight behind group winners Germany but a late header from Marta Cardona put a gloss on their progression.

It was a cagey affair to begin with at a sunny and noisy Brentford Community Stadium, with 2017 runners-up Denmark threatening on the break but unable to find a clear shot on goal.

Spain had numerous efforts from forward Athenea Del Castillo but all were stopped by goalkeeper Lene Christensen, while captain Irene Paredes had a goalbound header cleared off the line on the stroke of halftime.

Spain dominated possession in the second half but their end product let them down, while Denmark's best chance fell to substitute Nadia Nadim in the 78th minute when she was set up by Pernille Harder in the box moments after coming on.

However, her right-footed shot was tipped over by Sandra Panos.

Denmark looked out of ideas as the clock ticked down and their fate was sealed in the 90th minute as Cardona drifted in at the far post to get on the end of a deep cross from Olga Carmona and head in the winner.

It is the third successive time Spain have qualified for the quarter-finals and they will face a tough battle to go one better and reach the last four when they take on England at Brighton's Amex Stadium on Wednesday.

Already-qualified Germany recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Finland, making it three victories from three games as they bid to win a record ninth title.

Germany imposed their dominance from the opening seconds, with striker Alexandra Popp having their first attempt inside a minute, but Anna Signeul's Finland side defended well and had some luck to avoid their opponents taking an early lead.

Germany's well-deserved breakthrough arrived five minutes before halftime when defender Sophia Kleinherne headed home a precise cross from the right by midfielder Giulia Gwinn.

The Group B winners doubled the lead three minutes into the second half with another header as captain Alexandra Popp became the first German to score in all three Euro group stage games.

Substitute Nicole Anyomi then lashed the ball home in the 63rd minute from the edge of the box with a wonderful first touch for her first international goal at senior level.

Germany, who have scored nine goals without conceding in the group stage, secured a quarter-final spot with a game to spare by beating Spain 2-0 and will face Austria on Thursday.

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