England win their first major women’s championship in a 2-1 Euro 2022 win over Germany.

A record audience of 87,192 for a European Championship final, for men or women, watched Chloe Kelly’s first international goal lead the Lionesses to victory over the eight-time winner.

After three losses at the final barrier, goals from Kelly and Ella Thun wiped out Lina Magull’s equalizer and cemented the dream of a stunning tournament win. The dashing road to the final included a European-record 22 goals and only two conceded goals, demolishing the world number one with a score of 8:0. 11 Norway and a 4-0 defeat to the second-best team in the world, Sweden.

And despite only winning twice in the previous 27 meetings, Wigman’s players narrowly won to extend the Dutch manager’s impressive streak and spark scenes of pure, unbridled joy in the birthplace of English football.

This euphoria was contained in the celebration of the winner of the match, who offered one of great post-match interviews when she spoke to the BBC. Bouncing, screaming and dancing, Kelly serenaded the audience to England’s national anthem, Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline”, before running off with a microphone.

Following her possible return, the Manchester City striker, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last May, has been reflecting on the peak of her final comeback story.

“Honestly, it’s amazing,” she said. “This is what dreams are made of. Being a young girl watching women’s football is amazing. Thank you to everyone who played a role in my recovery. I always believed that I would be here.”

Captain Leah Williamson added: “I just can’t stop crying. We talk, talk, talk, and finally we did it … this is the proudest moment of my life.

“The legacy of this tournament is change in society. This team’s legacy is winners, and that’s the way to go. I love each of you, I’m so proud to be English.”

The victory was the culmination of a 13-year arc of redemption for midfielder Jill Scott, the only member of the Liones team to feature in the 6-2 rout by the Germans in the 2009 final.

Coming on as a substitute near the end of regulation time, the 35-year-old became the first England international to feature in two major international finals.

“I really can’t believe it,” Scott said. “We have an incredible team of employees. What a day. The young players were fantastic, so grateful to this team for every moment.”

“I don’t think I’ll sleep this week!”

England fans watch the game and celebrate in Trafalgar Square, London.

As congratulations flooded social media, men’s team captain Harry Kane tweeted his appreciation, praising Thun in particular, whose deftly chipped finish put England ahead in the second half.

“Absolutely unreal scenes at Wembley!! Huge congratulations to the wonderful Lionesses.” – Kane said. “Ella Toon also bows to this finish.”

There was also congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II, who praised the team for inspiring the next generation.

“The championships and your performance at them rightfully deserve praise,” she said. said. “However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you so deservedly deserved.

“You all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today and for generations to come. I hope you will be as proud of the impact you have made on your sport as you are today. “

Trauma torments Popp

Germany suffered a heartbreaking blow minutes before kick-off when star striker Alexandra Popp, one of the tournament’s top scorers with six goals, suffered a muscle injury during warm-up.

Replaced in the starting lineup by Lea Schüller, she marked a devastating end to the 31-year-old’s heartbreaking redemption story. Having missed the previous two Euros through injury, Popp decisively made up for lost time by equaling the record for most goals in the tournament set by his compatriot Inka Grings in 2009 with a spare game.

Popp’s noticeable pain as she left the field contrasted sharply with the euphoric atmosphere at Wembley Stadium, where all match tickets were closing in and singers Becky Hill, Steflon Don and Ultra Nate entered the center circle to play the preliminary game. – match show.

With the surrounding area filled with fans and flags a few hours before kick-off, it was fitting preparation for the close of a tournament that broke all records long before the trophy was raised.

A total of 487,683 fans attended the games leading up to the final, more than double the previous tournament attendance record set at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

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Backed by home support, England started at the forefront. Fran Kirby created an early chance with a teasing cross from Ellen White at the rear post, but the Manchester City forward was only able to channel his header into the hands of Merle Fromes.

It will be the first of a string of opportunities for White in an evasive first half with several golden chances, with both defenses maintaining the tough form they arrived at Wembley in, having conceded just once in the entire tournament.

Frustration, exacerbated by a quick succession of yellow cards for Georgia Stanway and White, quickly turned into fear of England as a corner kick led to a goal-line carnage. Passing just inches from the line, the ball seemed doomed to hit the net before being gratefully strangled by England goalkeeper Mary Earps.

The handling of player complaints set the tone for a busy day for referee Katerina Monzul, who showed six yellow cards and stopped the game on 36 fouls during a hard-fought and tense bout.

England’s best half-time chance came five minutes before half-time when Beth Mead hit back as White rushed into the box, but the off-balance 33-year-old was unable to keep her.

ecstasy

It was Germany’s turn to be blown out of the blocks after the restart, and Tabea Wassmuth nearly punished Millie Bright for a misunderstanding just two minutes into the second half. But, having escaped on the left flank, Wassmuth could only shoot directly at Earps.

Wigman appreciated the change as Germany continued their fast start with Kirby and White making way for Thun and Alessia Russo. With four goals – all off the bench – Russo was the tournament’s unofficial “gold” substitute ahead of the final, but it will be Thun who will steal the crown at Wembley.

After a perfectly weighted long ball from Kira Walsh that split the German defense, the Manchester United striker found herself in an open field, colliding with Froms’ attacking form. Her answers? The most exquisite of chips that rose above the goalkeeper and got inside.

Kelly scores against England in the Euro final against Germany at Wembley Stadium on 31 July.

If the finish was a slick finish, the reaction was anything but Wembley as Wembley erupted in rapturous scenes not seen under the archway since Luke Shaw’s shot put the men’s team ahead at the opposite end of the pitch in just over a year back.

Like so many previous tournaments in England, this story ended in tears and it looked like another painful chapter had to be written when Magall deservedly equalized with 10 minutes to go.

As Wigman’s team sank even deeper to defend their lead, the pressure finally broke when a well-practiced move allowed Wassmuth to make a low cross into a Bayern Munich midfielder at the near post, who deftly jabbed into the roof of the goal to equalize.

Magull was close to prime time again, and the euphoric atmosphere had just a few minutes ago been replaced by nervous tension, interrupted for a moment by the rousing reception of Scott’s performance.

Germany players are happy that Magull equalized.

Homecoming

Anger flared during a nerve-wracking overtime with few chances and plenty of tough tackles as Scott engaged in an angry exchange with Sidney Lohmann after she tripped the German.

With legs tired and penalties approaching, England took a corner with 10 minutes left in the game. Lucy Bronze took the ball down in the path of Kelly, who, after one missed shot, put the ball over the line and scored her first international goal in just the right time.

Pure bedlam, paused for a moment by Kelly stopping to check with referee Monzul to see if her goal counted. Having torn off her T-shirt in celebration, the 24-year-old girl received a yellow card, which will undoubtedly become the most warmly received in her career.

Persistent attempts to keep the ball in the corner were running out by the clock as Wembley fans forced their players out of line, with Monzul’s final whistle causing the loudest roar.

Just in time, “Three Lions” sounded from the stadium speakers. After 56 years of pain, football has finally come home.