Against longtime rivals and eight-time champions Germany in the dramatic Euro 2022 final at Wembley, England made history by winning their first major women’s championship. Substitute With ten minutes of added time left, Chloe Kelly tapped home a loose ball from a corner to whip the boisterous record crowd of 87,192 into a frenzy.
In a moment of sheer happiness, she waited for confirmation of the goal before removing her shirt and waving it over her head as she was being carried by her teammates. Sarina Wiegman’s team demonstrated that they could handle anything a powerful and tough German team threw at them on a significant day in English football history.
Prior to Germany’s Lina Magull’s 79th-minute equaliser, Ella Toone had earlier scored the game’s first goal off the bench to give the match an early lead. As the significance of their accomplishment set in at full-time, there were scenes of celebration in the spectators and an outburst of emotion from the players on the field.
The final was billed as a showdown between the two top teams in the championship, and for the most part, that was true. Nevertheless, the largest audience to watch a men’s or women’s Euros final got their money’s worth.
Before Toone was introduced to break the tie, England’s Leah Williamson had to scramble a corner off the line after Germany’s Magull had wasted a couple chances in the first half. Lucy Bronze was also denied with a header.
England defeated Germany by 2-1 to clinch the Women Euro 2022
Kelly, who just made her football comeback in April after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, had already given England fans the winning taste before Magull startled the home crowd.
The emotion was wonderful when England accomplished a first by defeating Germany, a perennial champion, in the European Women’s Championship final.
The last time either a senior England men’s or women’s team won a major prize was in 1966 when England’s men defeated West Germany in the World Cup final.
Following a standing ovation, England raised the trophy, and defender Bronze slid across the field doused in confetti as the players took a celebratory lap while carrying flags of St. George.
On one of the greatest nights in English sports history, the players wept with delight as the game came to a close, creating moments that will live on in memory and be re-enacted for years to come.
With six goals and five assists, England forward Beth Mead won the Golden Boot as the competition’s best scorer, capping the victory in the final.
A night to be remembered forever in the World of English football.
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