England beat Germany in extra time to win Euro 2022

LONDON — England defeated Germany 2-1 after extra time in Sunday’s European Championship final to win their first major women’s football title.

Chloe Kelly scored the winner with a rebound in the second half of extra time after Germany failed to clear a corner. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley, with Germany’s Lina Magull blocking out Ella Toone’s goal for England.

After the final whistle, the England players danced and the crowd sang their anthem “Sweet Caroline”. The good-natured atmosphere at the stadium on Sunday contrasted with the violent scenes when the English men’s team lost their European Championship final to Italy at the same stadium a year ago.

“I always thought I would be here but to be here and get the win, wow. These girls are amazing,” said Kelly, who returned from a serious knee injury in April. “This is incredible, I just want to celebrate now.”

Kelly removed her shirt to celebrate her goal and received a yellow card but also a shout-out from Brandi Chastain, who similarly celebrated when her penalty kick won the 1999 world title for USA. “Enjoy free pints and dinners for the rest of your life from across England. Cheers!” Chastain wrote on Twitter.

The tournament record attendance of more than 87,000 underscored the growth of women’s football in Europe since England and Germany last played for a continental title 13 years ago.

At that time, Germany prevailed 6-2 against an English team that still relied on part-time players. Two years later, England launched their Women’s Super League, which has professionalized the game and grown into one of the most important competitions in the world.

That means increasing competition for Germany, who were a pioneering nation in European women’s football and are increasingly coming up against well-funded rivals in England, Spain and France. England’s title comes 56 years after the nation’s only major men’s title, which was also an overtime win at Wembley against Germany in the 1966 World Cup.

Ella Toone slipped behind the German defense after a long pass from Keira Walsh in the 62nd minute and sent a skilful lob past goalkeeper Merle Frohms into the net to score the opener.

Toone’s goal, six minutes after she came on from the bench, sparked cheers as England manager Sarina Wiegman – the winning coach with the Netherlands in 2017 – raised both arms in delight.

Facing their first defeat in nine European Cup finals, Germany came close when Lea Schüller hit the post and then equalized in the 79th minute when Lina Magull fired a low cross past England goalkeeper Mary Earps and that brought the game into overtime.

As the match went into extra time, another reminder was remembered of another EURO final at the same venue the year before, when the English men led 1-0 but lost to Italy on penalties.

Germany were without captain Alexandra Popp – the team’s top scorer with six goals – after she revealed a muscle problem in the warm-up. She was replaced in the line-up by Schüller while Svenja Huth took over as captain.

The game was goalless after a physical first half in which Ellen White shot just over the bar for England while Marina Hegering almost slotted the ball in for Germany on a corner before defender Leah Williamson and Earps intervened.

Both teams could have gotten a penalty in the first half, first when the ball appeared to touch Williamson’s arm as she cleared and later when Hegering dived to clear the ball and collided with Lucy Bronze.

After the final whistle, Popp joined her teammates on the field and was comforted by midfielder Lena Oberdorf by England’s Georgia Stanway.

Wiegman is 12 games unbeaten as manager at the European Championship, having won the tournament first with the Netherlands and now with England. One of her first steps after England’s victory was a hug with 35-year-old midfielder Jill Scott, the only remaining player from both sides after England’s 2009 defeat by Germany.

The game was directed by Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul, who fled her homeland after Russia invaded. Monzul, one of Europe’s leading referees, left her home in Kharkiv – a major city heavily bombed by Russian forces – and spent five days in a basement at her parents’ house before leaving and eventually living and working in Italy.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/england-beats-germany-extra-time-win-euro-2022-rcna40866 England beat Germany in extra time to win Euro 2022

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