England won their first women’s major tournament by beating Germany 2-1 at Euro 2022

A record crowd of 87,192 fans for the European Championship final – men’s or women’s – watched Chloe Kelly’s first international goal to lead the Lionesses to victory over the eight-time winner.

After three defeats at the last hurdle, goals from Kelly and Ella Tone ruled out Lina Magul’s goal and made a dream come true at the end of the championship with an amazing race. An astonishing road to the final included 22 goals in the European Championship and only two conceded, the world’s number 8-0 defeat. 11. Norway and Sweden break up 4-0 second highest in the world.

And although Germany have only been defeated twice in their previous 27 encounters, Wegmann’s players have struggled for a hard-fought win to widen the Dutchman’s stellar streak and spark scenes of pure, unbridled joy on the English football field.

England celebrate the cup.

This euphoria was summed up by the ceremonies of the bachelor, who presented one of the Great post-match interviews when I spoke to the BBC. Kelly would jump, shout, dance, and sing viewers to the approved England anthem, the classic “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, before running with the microphone.

On her eventual return, the Manchester City striker – after suffering an injury in the AFC Champions League in May last year – reflected on the climax of the final comeback story.

“Honestly, it’s amazing,” she said. “This is what dreams are made of. As a young girl watching women’s football, this is amazing. Thank you to everyone who played a role in my rehab. I always thought I’d be here.”

Captain Leah Williamson added: “I can’t stop crying. We talk and talk and talk and we finally did…This is the proudest moment of my life.”

“The legacy of this tournament is the change in society. The legacy of this team is the winners and this is the journey. I love each of you, and I’m so proud to be English.”

The victory marked the culmination of a 13-year arc of redemption for midfielder Jill Scott, the only Lionesses member to appear in the 6-2 blow suffered by Germany in the 2009 final.

Replaced at the end of regular time, the 35-year-old became the first England player to play in two major international finals.

“I actually don’t believe it,” Scott said. “We have an amazing group of staff. What a day. The young players have been fantastic, so grateful for every moment on this team.

“I don’t think I’m going to sleep this week!”

England fans watch the match and celebrate in Trafalgar Square, London.

As congratulations poured into social media, men’s captain Harry Kane tweeted his appreciation, with a special tribute to Tony, who thanks to his slick finish put England ahead in the second half.

“Absolutely unrealistic scenes at Wembley! Huge congratulations to the amazing ducks,” Kane He said. “Ella Ton bows to this ending as well.”

There was also a congratulatory message from Queen Elizabeth II, who praised the team for inspiring the next generation.

“The tournaments and your performance in them was truly commended,” she said. “However, your success far exceeds the well-deserved trophy.

“You have all set a role model that will inspire girls and women today, and for generations to come. I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”

The agony of injury to Bob

Germany suffered a tragic blow moments before kick-off when star Alexandra Pope, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, suffered a muscle injury during the warm-up period.

He was initially replaced by Leah Schuller, which marked a devastating end to what had been an intimate story of redemption for the 31-year-old. Having missed two previous Euros through injury, Bob sympathetically made up for lost time, matching the record for best goal tally in the tournament – set by fellow countryman Enka Grings in 2009 – while keeping a game.

Bob’s visible pain as she left the field was a stark contrast to the cheery atmosphere of the all-sold Wembley Stadium as kick-off approached, as singers Becky Hill, Stiflon Dawn and Ultra Nati moved to the center circle to host the previous match. Match offers.

With the area around the grounds bustling with fans and flags several hours before kick-off, it was a fitting pile-up to wrap up a record-breaking tournament long before the trophy was lifted.

A total of 487,683 fans attended the matches prior to the final, more than double the previous record for tournament attendance set at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

And that was before the historic records increase at Wembley, who broke the current record for the men’s or women’s European Championship final at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu in 1964.

Attending the European Championship final - men's or women's - was a record-breaker at Wembley on Sunday.

Buoyed by domestic support, England began to advance. Fran Kirby grabbed an early opportunity with a thrilling cross pass to Ellen White at the back post, but the Manchester City striker could only head into the arms of Merle Froms.

This will be White’s first streak of chances in the first half of a handful of stunning opportunities, with both defenders continuing an iron-fist form that has seen them reach Wembley having only conceded once in all tournaments.

Exacerbated by the rapid succession of yellow cards to Georgia Stanway and White, frustration soon turned into fear for England as a corner kick triggered a massacre on the goal line. The ball swung inches from the line and seemed destined to settle into the net before England goalkeeper Mary Earps gratefully chokes on it.

Dealing with players’ complaints would set the stage for a busy day for referee Katrina Monzol, who produced six yellow cards and 36 stoppages during a grueling combat match.

England’s best chance in the first half came five minutes before the break as a cut by Beth Mead sent White into the penalty area, but the lopsided 33-year-old was unable to keep her shot.


It was Germany’s turn to come out of the blocks after the restart, with Tapia Wassmouth almost penalizing Millie Bright for misunderstanding just two minutes into the second half. But after shooting far down the left, Wassmuth could only shoot directly at Earps.

Wegmann slammed the changes as Germany continued their fast start, and Kirby and White made way for Tony and Alicia Russo. With four goals – all off the bench – Russo was the unofficial ‘golden’ alternative to the semi-final, but it was Toon who stole the crown at Wembley.

After a long, fully-burdened ball from Keira Walsh split the German defense, the Manchester United forward found herself in an obvious position, facing the collapse form of Frohms. What is her response? The most luxurious chips that were raised above the goalkeeper and in.

Kelly scored England's European Championship-winning goal in the final against Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31.

If the finish was brilliant, the response was anything but, as Wembley erupted in euphoric scenes not seen under the arc since Luke Shaw’s goal fired the men’s team in an early lead at the opposite end of the field just over a year ago.

Like so many England championships before, that story ended in tears, and another painful chapter in the trajectory seemed to be written when Magul fired a well-deserved equalizer 10 minutes from time.

With Wiegman’s side retreating deeper to protect their advantage, the pressure finally broke when a well-worked move saw Wassmuth slip into the Bayern Munich midfielder at the near post, who cleverly nudged the net cap to the level.

Magull again approached normal time, with a jubilant atmosphere replaced minutes earlier by nervous tension, broken for a moment by the exciting reception of Scott’s presentation.

Germany players celebrate the equalizer scored by Magul.


Tensions flared during a nervous extra time that saw few chances and many loose saves, as Scott engaged in a furious exchange with Sidney Le Mans after the German faltered.

With legs tired and penalty kicks close, England forced a corner kick 10 minutes before to play. Lucy Bronze dropped the ball in Kelly’s way who, after a miss, put the ball over the line to score her first international goal at the most appropriate time.

Cue pure nonsense, paused due to Kelly pausing to check with referee Munzoll that her goal counted. Her shirt was ripped off in celebration, and the 24-year-old was awarded what will surely be the most welcome yellow card she has ever received in her career.

The tireless effort to keep the ball in the corner continued throughout the hour as Wembley fans insisted their players cross the line, and Monzol’s final whistle sounded its biggest roar yet.

Just in time, “Three Lions” blew through the stadium’s speakers. After 56 years of mischief, football – at last – is back home.

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