Euro 2022 ended in glory for the host country as England beat Germany 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium.
Chloe Kelly was the hero when she scored in the 110th minute after Lina Magull annulled Ella Toone’s first goal of regulation time to present the Lionesses with a first major trophy.
Here we take a look at the incredible finale of a record-breaking tournament.
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Football is coming home
A year after the men’s side were beaten in the Euro 2021 final at Wembley, the Lionesses upped the ante on a glorious afternoon at the National Stadium. That was a long time coming after they suffered heartbreak in the 2009 final against Germany and subsequently suffered disappointing eliminations at other major tournaments. The appointment of Sarina Wiegman proved a catalyst as she took the team to a new level. There was record attendance throughout the tournament and the Lionesses’ success is sure to inspire generations to come.
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Sarina gets a gate crash
If Wiegman thought the wild celebrations would pause while she held her post-game press conference, she was dead wrong. As the Dutchwoman, who won back-to-back European titles with the Netherlands after her 2017 win, answered questions from the media, her jubilant players stormed the conference room, chanted “It’s Coming Home” and danced around – and on – the top podium.
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Think of Germany striker Alexandra Popp. This was to be her meeting fate after an injury cruelly ruled her out of the 2013 and 2017 editions of the tournament. The 31-year-old had been the star for Germany just months after returning from almost a year out with a knee injury and her six goals meant there was a penalty shoot-out between her and Beth Mead for the Golden Boot. But in a cruel twist, Popp suffered even more heartbreak when she developed a muscle problem during the warm-up and had to be replaced. In an injury-plagued career, this was probably the most painful to date.
Chloe’s dream comeback
Kelly, on the other hand, delivered a dream comeback from injury as she enrolled in English sporting folklore. The 24-year-old only returned to action in April after a cruciate ligament injury after a break of almost a year, but was able to force her way into Wiegman’s squad. And things couldn’t have gone better for the Manchester City forward as she timed her first international goal perfectly and fired home from close range to give the Lionesses their first major tournament.
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The celebrations, which have lasted well into the night, will continue with a party in Trafalgar Square on Monday morning. Up to 7,000 fans can visit the famous London landmark on a first come, first served basis.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/sarina-wiegman-england-germany-alexandra-popp-trafalgar-square-b2135338.html Celebrations continue throughout the night as England seal Euro 2022 glory