At the end of an inconclusive meeting, the English “Lionesses” finally forced the decision against the Germans (2-1 after extra time) to win, in the London temple of Wembley, the first title of their history, at the end of the football in Euro 2022.
The English found the “Frauen Nationalmannschaft” in the official competition for the first time since 2009, and a Euro final was defeated by most in Helsinki (2-6). And if Sarina Wiegman’s players seemed to be favorites at home in front of 87,192 supporters who mostly won their cause, history gave the Germans the role of dream breakers. It was endorsed a year ago by the Italians in the final of the Men’s Euro 2021, already at Wembley, and already against the England team.
Eight-time European champions, the Germans have won all their finals and have yet to lose to the host country in the continental finals. It is over, facing a winning country, men and women, the first trophy since the 1966 World Cup, already at home, against the Germans.
Popp missed the Germans
And if Geoff Hurst’s famous and decisive “Wembley goal” is still controversial today, it is not certain that he crossed the line, the decisive strike with the top of the foot and full of opportunism from Chloe Kelly (110).e) does not suffer from any potential challenge.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will regret the loss of her star Alexandra Popp for a long time. Executioner of the Blue in the semi-final (2-1), the player left his teammates in the warm-up, victim of “muscle damage” even though it prevented him from taking his place on the bench. A blow given the influence of the number 11 of Wolfsburg, co-top scorer of the tournament with the English Beth Mead (6 goals each). His replacement Lea Schüller was never able to assess the opposing defence, and was even punished with a yellow card for another late charge by goalkeeper Mary Earps.
“We fear no one” said Sarina Wiegman before the game. The Dutch coach took place in September 2021 on the English bench with the sole mission of winning, he who led the Netherlands to the European title in 2017 and until the end of the 2019 World Cup. So his players started the game on foot. floor, with a lot of energy in duels and a first hot situation that Ellen White took advantage of with a header in the box (3e).
Behind, the Lionesses kept a sterile grip on the game, before seeing the Germans – although harmless – gradually take their heads out of the water, to the point of taking the most dangerous opportunity in the first stage. In a five-meter scramble after a bad corner clearance by the English defense, Marina Hegering could have opened the scoring if she had oriented her foot better in front of the goal (25).e).
An English salute from the bank
Faced with his slow forward line, Sarina Wiegman has the vision to make two early changes, with the exit of Ellen White and Fran Kirby in favor of “super-subs” (super-subs) Ella Toone and Alessia Russo, five goals and two assists between them since the start of the tournament, each time entering during the match.
And indeed it was Toone who planted the first banderilla, in pest control that ended with a subtle lob (62e), while England repulsed the enemy’s attacks as best they could. Lina Magull’s equalizer (79e) in an extraordinary collective movement initiated by a Kathrin-Julia Hendrich festival on the edge of the touchline brought back bad memories of Wembley, the sight of another impressive extension. And if the extra thirty minutes were given too little of the game, England managed to get the job done, once again thanks to the quality of their bench.
Entering in place of the best English player in the tournament, Beth Mead, Chloe Kelly knows how to keep a cool head, from the top of her 24 years, to bring the push to a goal full of opportunism with the tip of his foot ( 110e). In total, seven English goals have come from substitutes in this Euro. “One tournament can’t win eleven”, reminiscent of world French international Louisa Nécib. Tonight, an entire country will win and will have to celebrate this first title until the end of the night in London.