The European Championship final saw England defeat Germany 2-1 to claim its first significant women’s soccer championship. After Germany failed to successfully clear a corner, Chloe Kelly scored the game-winning goal on a rebound in the second period of extra time. At Wembley Stadium, the score was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes thanks to goals from Germany’s Lina Magull and England’s Ella Toone. The result was decided in extra-time.
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- After leading her native Netherlands to victory in 2017, England coach Sarina Wiegman made history by becoming the first manager to win the Euros with two separate teams.
- The fans sang their national anthem, Sweet Caroline, as the England players danced after the final horn.
- In front of a full house at Wembley Stadium, England scored the game’s first goal in the 62nd minute through forward Ella Toone.
- The 87,192 spectators, a record for either a men’s or women’s Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) competition, demonstrated the expansion of women’s football in Europe since England and Germany last competed for a continental championship 13 years ago.
Highlights of the Match:
- Lina Magull, a substitute, gave Germany a chance to tie the game and force extra time, but Kelly came up big to win it for England and excite the home crowd.
- In the warm-up, Germany was dealt a blow when striker Alexandra Popp, who had six goals in five games in her debut Euros, had to leave the game due to a muscle injury. Lea Schuller was inserted into the lineup in her place.
- Although Martina Voss-team Tecklenburg’s missed having Popp in the penalty area, the first half of the match was scoreless despite being very rough.
- After the hour mark, Toone scored his first goal as a substitute with a lovely chipped finish.
- Magull, who scored an equaliser from close range 17 minutes later after the hosts had been pushed back by their opponents, however, negated that.
- After 90 minutes, the score remained tied at 1-1, forcing extra time, when the anticipation of Germany winning a record-tying eighth European Championship at the home of English football started to take hold.
- Until the 110th minute, when Kelly, who had just moments earlier exhorted the crowd to cheer the team on, reacted swiftly to score the winning goal and hand Germany its first loss in a major final.