August 15, 2022
England women beat Germany to end major tournament at Euro 2022


England players celebrate with the trophy after victory in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final© AFP

England won a major women’s tournament for the first time as Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal secured a 2-1 win over Germany at a sold-out Wembley on Sunday. In front of a record crowd of 87,192 for any match in European Championship history, Kelly kicked a loose ball home to end English football’s 56-year wait for a World Cup or Euro win. England looked ready for victory in 90 minutes when Merle put the hosts in place of Ella Toon’s sublime chip at Froome.

Germany showed remarkable resilience to make a comeback as Lena Magul ran 11 minutes ahead of time.

But for once, England were not to be denied a major success of the tournament.

Kelly fought back from an anterior cruciate ligament tear to be fit in time for the tournament and made himself a national hero in the right place to pounce when Germany failed to clear a corner in the 110th minute.

The Manchester City winger tears up his shirt in celebration, reminiscent of Mia Haim’s famous reaction to scoring the winning penalty for USA in the 1999 World Cup.

Fortune did not favor Germany, who lost captain and top goalkeeper Alexandra Pope to a muscle injury in practice.

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But England will feel its time for some luck as 12 months after the Three Lions’ loss on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 men’s final, the country’s women got one better.

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