The host team wins their first continental title against Germany in extra time, in front of 87,192 fans at Wembley
In the temple of British football, England crowned a historic European Championship this Sunday, with a record crowd in a final of the continental championship, both men's and women's, in the match for the title of a competition that has registered an attendance of spectators never seen before now. Euro 2022 has confirmed the unstoppable growth of women's football and, to give even greater prominence and excitement to the championship, Wembley, with 87,192 fans who packed its stands, attended a battle that had to be decided in extra time, after Germany equalized England's goal that opened the scoring. Ecstasy for England came with just ten minutes to go before the European Championship was decided on penalties, with a goal scored by one of the hosts' substitutes, Chloe Kelly, giving the team that eliminated Spain in the quarterfinals their first great title.
In the duel between the hosts and the most successful team in the European Championship, which had never lost a continental final and added eight titles until they fell at Wembley, England did not feel the pressure of playing at home, with their best team, in the momentous stretch always, under the command of a coach, the Dutch Sarina Wiegman, who already won the trophy in 2017 with the Netherlands and has finally lifted England. The dream of the British team, having previously lost two European finals, could not be fulfilled by England in a better setting. In the same game in which England lost the men's European Championship on penalties last year against Italy, the players from the Islands achieved the long-awaited glory, and they did so against the absolute dominator of the tournament, diminished and touched before the start of the final for the injury in the warm-up of its top scorer and captain, Alexandra Popp. Germany suffered the unfortunate loss of Popp, who shared the Golden Shoe with England's Meth Mead, both with six goals. As fate would have it, it was precisely the substitute for England's great striker who certified the title for the hosts after regulation time.
Earps, Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly (Greenwood, min. 88), Stanway (Scott, min. 88), Walsh, Mead (Kelly, min. 64), Kirby (Toone, min. 55), Hemp (Parris, min. 120) and White (Russo, min. 55).
Frohms, Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering (Doorsunn, min. 103), Rauch (Lattwein, min. 113), Magull (Dallmann, min. 91), Oberdorf, Dabritz (Lohmann, min. 73), Huth, Schüller (Anyomi, min. 67) and Brand (Wassmuth, min. 46).
1-0: min. 62, Toon. 1-1: min. 79, Bruise. 2-1: min. 110, Kelly.
Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine). Yellow cards to Stanway, White, Rauch, Oberdorf, Schüller and Kelly.
Final of the European Championship in England 2022, played at Wembley Stadium. Full. 87,192 spectators.
The third time was the charm for England, who lost the 1984 and 2009 finals and took revenge 13 years after the title match lost then against Germany, who had their chances to win the trophy, but lacked offensive forcefulness to return to succeed. True to its custom, the German team was not left without scoring, but England had the efficiency in attack in the match for the title, which, as was foreseeable, suffered to inscribe its name with greatness on that of a memorable European Championship, a championship that has never It had had so much media and social significance. The hosts also had luck on their faces, because after having committed a possible penalty in the first half for a handball in their area, the winning goal came when the duel was heading towards the fateful point and Kelly was the smartest in the area and took advantage of a defensive error by the Germans.
If the first goal was a Vaseline goal, by Ella Toone, in the second fortune smiled on England and Kelly's shot was the grave for Germany, who no longer had the capacity to react against a team that had until the final whistle solidity and cold blood to put up with the always fearsome Germany. The Germans deserved to force extra time due to their insistence and better play in the final stretch of regulation time, but it was effectiveness that definitively tipped the balance in favor of England throughout 120 minutes, with more intensity and uncertainty than football.