England’s Euro 2022 dream has come true as the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 in extra time thanks to the addition of substitute Chloe Kelly to win the first major trophy in their history in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley Stadium.
Kelly pushed the ball past Merle Fromes in the 110th minute to restore the hosts’ lead after fellow substitute Ella Toon opened the game just past the hour mark with a superb shot.
The eight-time German champions, who lost star striker Alexandra Popp to a warm-up injury, equalized with 11 minutes of regulation left thanks to Lina Magull, and the game was set for a penalty shoot-out until Kelly fired on Sarina Wigman’s team. to glory
A year after the men’s team lost to Italy in the stadium’s Euro final on penalties, England can celebrate the first major silver medal for a senior team since winning the 1966 Men’s World Cup over West Germany.
And after the final whistle, there was jubilation as the players tried to make sense of what they had done, to the almighty roar of 87,192 fans – the largest attendance at any Euro match, men’s or women’s.
Meanwhile, Boss Wigman may be enjoying back-to-back Euro successes after watching the Netherlands triumph at home in 2017. Her record with England since taking office in September last year has been almost flawless – 20 caps, no losses, 18 wins, 106 goals scored and only five conceded.
This was the team’s third appearance in a Euro final and the first since the 6–2 loss to Germany at Euro 2009 in Finland.
The English women’s game has gone on a path of significant growth over the years and there has definitely been a sense of momentum in the last few weeks as the Wigman team have rocked large stadium crowds and television audiences – and there will be sky-high hopes for what lies ahead for us beyond this historic moment.
There was also a personal triumph for Beth Mead, who won the Golden Boot after finishing the tournament with six goals, the same number as Popp, with Mead winning the prize thanks to her superb assists.