Alexandra Popp’s decisive brace helped Germany defeat France 2-1 in Milton Keynes to secure a place in Sunday’s final against hosts England.
The Germans kept their nerve to prevail against Les Bleus, with Svena Huth grabbing two assists in another vibrant contest.
Eight-time European champions Germany can push for a ninth continental crown and meet England, who have reached their first European Championship final since 2009.
France had fought their way through to their first Euro semi-final and that relative inexperience finally showed on the night.
Popp praises the German surprise package
Match-winner Popp insisted Germany had earned the right to challenge for another European crown after entering the tournament completely under the radar.
“I can’t put it into words,” Popp said. “We played a great game and gave everything.
“We are incredibly happy, no one expected us.
“We’re up against England in the final at Wembley, it doesn’t get any better than that.
“We built our self-confidence in every game.
“The team is just great, they have my back and are happy with me after my whole story of suffering. Now is the time to recover quickly.”
Oberdorf has trouble absorbing everything
German youngster Lena Oberdorf admitted she couldn’t believe she was reaching the Wembley final.
“It feels surreal, it takes me a day to understand it,” Oberdorf said.
“Once again it was the commitment and the will to score and defend our goal.
“Unfortunately we conceded our first goal today, but that didn’t upset us either. We just played our game and kept going.
“Poppi delivered an outstanding header again. She’s just a beast in there, that’s exactly what we need from her.”
Bright vs. Popp could brighten up the final
England defensive rocker Millie Bright has had a stellar tournament but will need all that crushing nous again on Sunday at Wembley.
Popp’s clever movement in the penalty area will no doubt cause problems for England in the final for the always smart Germans. And Bright vs. Popp certainly whets the appetite for the early set-up for Sunday’s silverware showdown.
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“I never thought I would see England in a Euro final at Wembley with 90,000 spectators. England uses the crowd to their advantage. It’s incredible” – Ex-England star Fara Williams.
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England star Lucy Bronze can’t hide her excitement for Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/germany-wembley-euro-france-lucy-bronze-b2132782.html Alexandra Popp drives Germany into the Wembley showdown with EM hosts England