England beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the 2022 Women’s European Championship
England defeated Germany 2-1 after extra time in the final of the European Championship on Sunday, winning their first major title in women’s football.
Chloe Kelly scored the winner with a rebound in the second half of extra time after Germany failed to clear a corner. The game had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley, with Germany’s Lina Magull equalizing for England’s Ella Toone’s goal.
After the final whistle, the England players danced and the crowd sang their anthem “Sweet Caroline”. The good-natured atmosphere at the stadium on Sunday contrasted with the violent scenes when the English men’s team lost their European Championship final to Italy at the same stadium a year ago.
The tournament record attendance of more than 87,000 underscored the growth of women’s football in Europe since England and Germany last played for a continental title 13 years ago.
At that time, Germany prevailed 6-2 against an English team that still relied on part-time players. Two years later, England launched their Women’s Super League, which has professionalized the game and grown into one of the most important competitions in the world.
That means increasing competition for Germany, who were a pioneering nation in European women’s football and are increasingly coming up against well-funded rivals in England, Spain and France.
Ella Toone slipped behind the German defense after a long pass from Keira Walsh in the 62nd minute and sent a skilful lob past goalkeeper Merle Frohms into the net to score the opener.
Toone’s goal, six minutes after she came on from the bench, sparked cheers as England manager Sarina Wiegman – the winning coach with the Netherlands in 2017 – raised both arms in delight.
Facing their first defeat in nine European Cup finals, Germany came close when Lea Schüller hit the post and then equalized in the 79th minute when Lina Magull fired a low cross past England goalkeeper Mary Earps and that brought the game into overtime.
As the match went into extra time, another reminder was remembered of another EURO final at the same venue the year before, when the English men led 1-0 but lost to Italy on penalties.
Germany were without captain Alexandra Popp – the team’s top scorer with six goals – after she revealed a muscle problem in the warm-up. She was replaced in the line-up by Schüller while Svenja Huth took over as captain.