The England Lionesses won their first European Championship after a hard-fought game that went to extra time to give them victory over Germany last Sunday. Chloe Kelly jumped in the box to put in the winning goal 110 minutes into the game after Lina Magull put in the equalizer.
Chances weren’t easy to come by for both sides, but Sarina Weilgman’s team pushed through the toughness of extra time to outwit eight-time European champions. Chloe Kelly’s strike minutes before the final whistle was met with incredible celebrations at Wembley, with Prince Williams presenting the winners’ medals to Wiegman’s women as the party continued.
According to a statement from the UK monarch, the Queen was quite excited about winning the nation’s first championship title since 1966. The Queen further added that the win is a huge achievement for the country and has rightly won. Vwin sports report stated that England’s success also goes beyond the trophy they rightly earned, as it sets an example that’s inspirational to women and girls in sports today.
Ella Toone’s Opening Goal
Following a goalless first half, both England and Germany went into the second half even hungrier and eager to claim the trophy. About an hour into the game, Kiera Walsh penetrated the ball to give Toone the chance to go one-on-one against Merle Frohms.
Ella Toone held her nerve by putting the ball past the German goalkeeper. It wasn’t surprising that when Toone was told that Harry Kane must be in awe of her goal, she jokingly said she taught him that.
Germany gets back in the game
Germany might have lost the trophy, but nobody can discredit the team’s fight. Despite the hosts taking the lead, they put up a strong fight, and it paid off. Lina Magull beat Mary Earps close to the post after Tabea Wassmuth kicked the ball in the box.
The visitors tried to get back in the game, but the hosts employed some last-minute tactics to take the win. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg wrote some instructions on a piece of paper to communicate with her squad and sent it out on the pitch.
Germany didn’t have any answers to England’s goal in the dying minutes, which made Kelly the Lionesses’ hero. While it wasn’t an incredible goal, the victory parade showed what the goal meant for everyone involved.
The Pundits Reaction
Following the Lionesses’ triumph, former England defender Alex Scott revealed that it had taken a lot for women’s football to reach this point. According to Alex, the game reminded fans of the 1999 Women’s World Cup, where the USA emerged the winner. That was the game that forever changed women’s soccer in America. Alex believes this game might be the turning point for women’s soccer in England.
The 2022 Euro final game was watched by 87,192 fans at Wembley Stadium, a significant record for Women’s or Men’s games. That broke the Women’s Euros fan attendance record ser at Old Trafford when 68,871 fans watched England bear Austria 1-0. In total, over 5704,000 people watched the 2022 Women’s euro – twice the previous record.