LONDON (AP) — England beat Germany 2-1 in the European Championship final after extra time on Sunday to win their first major women’s football title.
Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal on the rebound in the second half of extra time after Germany missed a corner. The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium when Lina Magull for Germany overruled Ella Thun’s goal for England.
Women’s Euro 2022
|England Women||2-1 AET||Germany Women|
Goals: E Toone (62′) – (1-0). L Magull (79′) – (1-1). C Kelly (110′) – (2-1).
In the final, Ella Thun gave England the lead with a superb cross just past the hour mark after a goalless but interesting first half. A superb pass from Kira Walsh had her teammate swing the ball around the German defense and into Thun’s path.
She spotted goalkeeper Merle Fromes from her line and went to the cross, sending the ball past the German stopper to Wembley’s delight.
Germany were not far behind, with Lina Magull equalizing in the 79th minute. Sydney Lohmann found Tabea Wassmuth in the box and the midfielder crossed the ball in.
In the first period of extra time, neither side wanted to make a mistake, but England made a breakthrough with 10 minutes left in the game. Germany failed to clear the corner, with Kelly’s own shot returning to her feet in the box from six yards. She was there again to pass Froms and win England their first major trophy.
Germany was left without captain Alexandra Popp – the team’s top scorer with six goals – after she reported muscle problems in the warm-up. She was replaced in the squad by Schüller, and Svenja Hut took over as captain.
For the England team, this victory at the Euro was the first in history. Previously, the Englishwoman twice lost in the final. The Germans took gold a record 8 times and lost in the decisive match for the first time in their history.