Alexandra Popp scored twice to send Germany into their ninth European Cup final after beating France 2-1 to face England at Wembley on Sunday.
England were the first team to secure a final spot after beating Sweden 4-0 at Bramall Lane, but the Wolfsburg striker’s two goals secured Germany against the hosts.
In the 40th minute, Popp smashed her opponent to score Germany’s first goal before France equalized through an unfortunate own goal from goalkeeper Merle Frohms.
Kadidiatou Diani’s shot bounced off the post and onto the keeper’s back before going into the net to level.
With a header from Popp in the second half, the 31-year-old equalized in the race for the golden boot with six goals in the competition in front of 27,445 fans at the Stadion MK with Beth Mead from England.
Unlike the first semi-final where Sweden almost scored from the start, the semi-final in Milton Keynes started much more cautiously, with both sides trying to test the other and neither side having any significant chances.
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin had to parry a Lina Magull free-kick directly, the German midfielder brought the ball over the wall and down, but it went straight for the French goalkeeper.
Germany’s main threat in the first half hour came from free-kicks, with the French defense organized enough to prevent further attacks, but allowing some potentially dangerous set pieces despite the Germans’ inability to capitalize.
France made a brief mistake from behind and Germany capitalized in the 34th minute when Popp found a tight shot in the middle of the box from a Svenja Huth cross.
France equalized just before half-time as Germany conceded their first goal of the tournament when Diani’s long-range shot ricocheted off the post and onto goalkeeper Frohms’ back before slamming into the net.
The second half started similarly to the first, with Germany looking more promising in attack.
France had two good chances on the goal line within minutes just after the hour mark, with Selma Bacha’s shot being blocked by Kathrin-Julia Henrich before France captain Wendie Renard came to the following corner and parried her effort from Frohms.
Germany were so solid and organized in their defense but were caught twice when France caught a bad pass before Diani ran into the box but narrowed her angle on goal while Frohms made a direct block.
After struggling to get ahead for much of the second half, it was Germany who reclaimed the lead after a shot was blocked in the box as Popp rose highest to nod the winner home.
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