Wiegman keeps winning and goalkeepers shine – What we learned from Euro 2022

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After a riveting three and a half weeks of action, England were crowned Euro 2022 champions after beating Germany 2-1 in extra time in the Wembley final.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five things we learned from the tournament.

Wiegman’s England the real deal

England have gone unbeaten into their home Euros since coach Sarina Wiegman took charge last September, having won all but two games, scoring a flurry of goals and conceding hardly a goal.

There were friendly victories against Germany and the Netherlands which looked promising as they could fare against big names this summer.

And the Lionesses have certainly delivered on that front on their quest to win the tournament, beating Norway 8-0 in the group stage, fending off a deficit against Spain in extra time in the quarter-finals and then beating world no. two Sweden in the quarter-finals 4-0 in the last four. The grand final was another brave win over Germany in the final as Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal sparked mass euphoria at Wembley.

The team’s continued form was mirrored by Beth Mead, who built on her prolific exploits under Wiegman to win the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament.

Pop stars but it ends in tears

Alexandra Popp has had an impressive tournament (Nick Potts/PA)

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Mead shared the top scorer list with six goals along with Germany’s Alexandra Popp, whose Euro 2022 campaign clearly showed she remains a force to be reckoned with after recovering from a long-term injury. The 31-year-old Wolfsburg striker only returned to the game in March after almost a year out due to knee problems.

She thrived at her first Euro finals after being sidelined from the 2013 and 2017 editions through injury before it all ended in familiar fashion when she was ruled out of the final after suffering a muscle problem during a pre-match warm-up Wembley.

A platform for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Julie Nelson (right) in action (Kieran Cleeves/PA)

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Northern Ireland, who are in the same group as England, made their big tournament successful and although they didn’t take a point on the board there was cause for encouragement.

The lowest-ranked team in the competition scored their first goal at this level with Julie Nelson’s strike in their 4-1 opening defeat by Norway.

Kenny Shiels’ side then fell by a goal for much of their second game against Austria before finally being beaten 2-0.

Brave Portugal

Jessica Silva scores for Portugal (Martin Rickett/PA)

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The second-lowest team at these finals was Portugal, who were latecomers as a substitute for Russia and didn’t look out of place. Francisco Neto’s side finished bottom of the group but won plaudits in a season that began with a 2-2 draw against Switzerland.

Portugal fought back to a draw after conceding two early goals and did the same with a 3-2 loss to holders Netherlands before ending in a 5-0 loss to Sweden.

Great goalies

Dutch goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar has impressed (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Some good goalkeepers were showcased during the competition – an area of ​​women’s football that has come under scrutiny over the years.

The 22-year-old Dutchwoman Daphne von Domselaar, who replaced the injured Sari van Veenendaal in the opening game, was one of the standout players of the tournament.

Belgium’s Nicky Evrard, who saved two group-stage penalties, also impressed, and England’s Mary Earps also made some conspicuous stops.

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