Euro Final Live: England vs. Germany updates

Rory Smith

LONDON. Sarina Wigman and her players know deep down that the most important victory has already been won. Its trophies can be measured not only by record attendances and record audiences that England garnered at Euro 2022, but also by bustling pubs and the ubiquitous shirts, and on Sunday, crowded trains heading to Wembley Stadium for the final. against Germany.

According to England captain Leah Williamson, it will become clear in a few years that this tournament will certainly be a “watershed” for women’s football in England and probably all of Europe.

However, the problem with elite sports is that things are not so simple. The impact of Euro 2022 on the general public will certainly not change whether England can take that last step on Sunday and become European champions for the first time, but the way players remember it will certainly change. It is one thing to inspire a nation in glory. It’s another thing to do it with regret. The victory that is important for England is not philosophical, but conceptual. This is one that is achieved in 90 minutes on the field.

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This is also achievable. England handled this tournament with such composure and such grandeur that even Wigman admitted that the group stage was “relatively easy”. Her team fought only once, in a tight quarter-final against Spain; this game brought the only goal that Mary Earps also conceded. The owner must be the favourite.

The only caveat is that Germany is not a convincing outsider. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team looks like a team in transition, where the older generation is gradually giving way to the younger generation led by the indomitable Lena Oberdorf, but Germany’s pedigree in this tournament is impeccable: she has become champion Europe eight times, and she never lost in the final, which she reached. This iteration steadily and diligently gained momentum during the tournament. He also knows that victory is important, on which everything depends.