After defeating Germany in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 championship match, England become the new continental champions.
Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal gave England its first major women’s UEFA EURO tournament triumph on Sunday at a packed Wembley, defeating Germany 2-1. Kelly poked a loose ball home from close range to end English football’s 56-year drought for a World Cup or Euro victory in front of a record attendance of 87,192 for any match in the history of the European Championships.
Ella Toone, a substitute, gave England the lead with a beautiful chip over Merle Frohms with ninety minutes remaining. Lina Magull’s equalizer 11 minutes from the end demonstrated Germany’s extraordinary capacity for recovery.
Key player: With five goals in the group stage, Beth Mead tied Inka Grings’ record of six goals in a single Women’s EURO. Her first goal in the semi-final also tied the record. She ended the game with five assists in addition to her five goals, which was more than enough to defeat Alex Popp for the top scorer honor. Her signature move is to lure people out wide before using her close control to cut inside and either pass or shoot. She was also an obvious choice for Tournament Player of the Year.
𝙊𝙃 𝙒𝙃𝘼𝙏 𝘼 𝙁𝙀𝙀𝙇𝙄𝙉𝙂 🏆🤩🎉!#WEUROMoments to last a lifetime as @Lionesses are crowned champs!#WEURO2022 | @Lays_football | #ENG pic.twitter.com/Rjvyd2bKGU— UEFA Women's EURO 2022 (@WEURO2022) July 31, 2022
However, England was not to be denied a significant tournament victory this time. Kelly overcame an anterior cruciate ligament tear to recover in time for the competition, and she became a national hero in the 110th minute when she was in a position to capitalize when Germany failed to clear a corner.
After managing the Netherlands to success five years ago, Sarina Wiegman has now guided England to victory in back-to-back women’s Euros. Despite being unbeaten in 20 games under Wiegman, the eight-time champions pushed England to its breaking point despite Popp’s significant absence.
White, the all-time leading scorer for England’s women, had the finest opportunity for the hosts prior to the interval, but she missed Beth Mead’s cut-back. Germany failed to deal with the second ball from a corner, and Kelly’s telescopic right leg flicked the ball home, giving England just enough time to complete the task.
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