England won 2-1 against Germany in Women’s Euro 2022 final.
Sunday’s European Championship final saw England defeat Germany 2-1 to claim its first significant women’s soccer championship.
After Germany failed to clear a corner successfully, Chloe Kelly scored the game-winning goal on a rebound in the second period of extra time. At Wembley Stadium, the score was tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, thanks to goals from Germany’s Lina Magull and England’s Ella Toone.
The cheery mood inside the stadium on Sunday contrasted with the ugly events when the England men’s team lost their European Championship final to Italy at the same venue a year ago. Then, after the final whistle, the England players danced, and the audience sung their hymn “Sweet Caroline.”
More than 87,000 spectators, a tournament record, demonstrated the expansion of women’s soccer in Europe since England and Germany last competed for a European championship 13 years ago.
On that occasion, Germany outplayed an England squad that mainly consisted of part-timers, winning 6-2. Two years later, England introduced the Women’s Super League, which elevated the sport to a major international tournament and professionalized it.
As a result, Germany, a pioneering country in European women’s soccer, now competes against more powerful opponents like England, Spain, and France.
In the 62nd minute, Ella Toone pounced on a long ball from Keira Walsh to get past the German defense. She skillfully floated a shot over goalkeeper Merle Frohms and into the goal to score the game’s first goal.
Six minutes after coming off the bench, Toone scored, setting up celebrations as England manager Sarina Wiegman—the Netherlands’ 2017 champion coach—raised both arms in jubilation.
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