Women's European Championship - Final
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Euro 2022: England beat Germany to win first major women's trophy in dramatic style

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Wembley

England created history by winning their first major women's tournament in a dramatic Euro 2022 final against old rivals and eight-time champions Germany at Wembley.

Substitute Chloe Kelly poked home a loose ball from a corner to send the raucous record crowd of 87,192 into a frenzy with ten minutes of extra time remaining.

She waited for confirmation of the goal before taking off her shirt and waving it around her head, while being lifted by her team-mates in a moment of pure elation.

On a monumental day in English football history, Sarina Wiegman's side showed they were equal to anything a strong and physical Germany team threw at them.

Ella Toone had earlier come off the bench to score the opener in normal time before Germany's Lina Magull set up a nervous ending when she equalised in the 79th minute.

There were scenes of jubilation in the stands and an outpouring of emotion by players on the pitch at full-time as the magnitude of their achievement sank in.

The final was advertised as a battle between the competition's two best-performing sides, and for large parts they cancelled each other out - but the biggest crowd in the history of a men's or women's Euros was given their money's worth.

Striker Ellen White missed a few chances in the first half, Lucy Bronze was denied with a header, Germany's Magull struck wide and England defender Leah Williamson had to scramble a corner off the line before Toone was introduced to break the deadlock.

She had given England fans the winning taste before Magull stunned the home crowd, though it would only delay the celebrations that Kelly, who only returned to football in April after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, gave them.

England did what no other nation had done before - beat serial winners Germany in a European Women's Championship final, and the feeling was sweet.

It comes 56 years after England's men beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, the only previous major trophy won by a men's or women's England senior team.

The players fell to the ground at full-time in tears of joy, in scenes which will be remembered and replayed for years to come on one of the greatest nights in English sport.

Perfect ending for hosts England

It was a final like no other in every sense - the build-up was on a scale above anything seen in women's football in Great Britain, and it provided the perfect ending.

Male fans were sporting England shirts with their female icons' names on the back on the London Underground on the way to the match, while fan parks around the country were filled with supporters watching the final on big screens.

Wembley Way was already packed on Sunday morning and there were boos when Germany were announced on the stadium tannoy before kick-off.

And it looked like things were going England's way when Germany's lethal striker Alexandra Popp, joint-top scorer in the tournament going into the final, picked up an injury and dropped out of the starting XI just before kick-off.

The feistiness off the pitch translated on to it too - referee Kateryna Monzul awarded two early yellow cards for innocuous fouls by England, and the crowd were frustrated for much of the first half when decisions didn't go their way.

Euro 2022: Singing England players interrupt Sarina Wiegman's news conference

The physical battle between the sides continued and the game swung back and forth. Germany had momentum going into extra time after Magull had hit the post before equalising.

But as this England team have shown throughout the tournament, they would not be beaten easily.

They continued to threaten and Kelly ran over to the fans to galvanise them when taking a corner, moments before she delivered the winner England fans across the country have dreamed of for 56 years.

Kelly's moment after comeback fairytale

The familiar sound of England fans singing 'Sweet Caroline' while serenading the players at full-time was even sweeter this time around.

The Three Lions lyrics have finally come true as football came home at the national stadium in front of the largest crowd in England women's history.

Captain Williamson was sobbing at full-time, while vice-captain Millie Bright wiped tears from her face in an embrace with best friend Rachel Daly.

Wiegman, who has now become the first manager in history to win back-to-back Euros with two different nations after also guiding the Netherlands to glory in 2017, also removed her mask of calmness as she ran on to the pitch with her arms in the air and a look of disbelief.

England celebrate
England lost in the 2009 Euros final to Germany

Midfielder Jill Scott, who had suffered defeat at the hands of the Germans in the final in 2009, came on in extra time to help England get over the line and was overcome with emotion.

Young Manchester United star Toone, who has come off the bench to contribute three goals in this tournament, took centre stage when she opened the scoring - but the biggest moment was Kelly's.

After being forced to sit out the Olympic Games and miss 11 months of football, she fought her way into selection for the Euros and has delivered the goal which will never be forgotten.

Victory in the final was capped by England forward Beth Mead picking up the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer with six goals and five assists.

England lifted the trophy to a standing ovation and defender Bronze then slid across the pitch, covered in confetti, before the players embarked on a victory lap draped in flags of Saint George.

Player of the match

TooneElla Toone

with an average of 8.15

England

  1. Squad number20Player nameToone
    Average rating

    8.15

  2. Squad number1Player nameEarps
    Average rating

    7.85

  3. Squad number18Player nameKelly
    Average rating

    7.83

  4. Squad number23Player nameRusso
    Average rating

    7.57

  5. Squad number8Player nameWilliamson
    Average rating

    7.47

  6. Squad number5Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    7.36

  7. Squad number2Player nameBronze
    Average rating

    7.35

  8. Squad number17Player nameParris
    Average rating

    7.32

  9. Squad number14Player nameKirby
    Average rating

    7.25

  10. Squad number16Player nameScott
    Average rating

    7.25

  11. Squad number4Player nameWalsh
    Average rating

    7.21

  12. Squad number6Player nameBright
    Average rating

    7.18

  13. Squad number11Player nameHemp
    Average rating

    7.16

  14. Squad number7Player nameMead
    Average rating

    7.09

  15. Squad number3Player nameDaly
    Average rating

    6.92

  16. Squad number10Player nameStanway
    Average rating

    6.88

  17. Squad number9Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    6.30

Germany

  1. Squad number20Player nameMagull
    Average rating

    5.83

  2. Squad number5Player nameHegering
    Average rating

    5.53

  3. Squad number1Player nameFrohms
    Average rating

    5.47

  4. Squad number6Player nameOberdorf
    Average rating

    5.46

  5. Squad number3Player nameHendrich
    Average rating

    5.45

  6. Squad number15Player nameGwinn
    Average rating

    5.40

  7. Squad number17Player nameRauch
    Average rating

    5.25

  8. Squad number9Player nameHuth
    Average rating

    5.20

  9. Squad number13Player nameDäbritz
    Average rating

    5.19

  10. Squad number8Player nameLohmann
    Average rating

    5.18

  11. Squad number18Player nameWassmuth
    Average rating

    5.17

  12. Squad number7Player nameSchüller
    Average rating

    5.12

  13. Squad number22Player nameBrand
    Average rating

    5.06

  14. Squad number14Player nameAnyomi
    Average rating

    5.02

  15. Squad number4Player nameLattwein
    Average rating

    4.95

  16. Squad number16Player nameDallmann
    Average rating

    4.89

  17. Squad number23Player nameDoorsoun
    Average rating

    4.83

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Earps
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Bright
  • 8Williamson
  • 3DalySubstituted forGreenwoodat 88'minutes
  • 10StanwayBooked at 23minsSubstituted forScottat 88'minutes
  • 4Walsh
  • 7MeadSubstituted forKellyat 63'minutesBooked at 111mins
  • 14KirbySubstituted forTooneat 55'minutes
  • 11HempSubstituted forParrisat 120'minutes
  • 9WhiteBooked at 23minsSubstituted forRussoat 56'minutesBooked at 100mins

Substitutes

  • 5Greenwood
  • 12Carter
  • 13Hampton
  • 15Stokes
  • 16Scott
  • 17Parris
  • 18Kelly
  • 19England
  • 20Toone
  • 21Roebuck
  • 22Wubben-Moy
  • 23Russo

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Frohms
  • 15Gwinn
  • 3Hendrich
  • 5HegeringSubstituted forDoorsounat 103'minutes
  • 17RauchBooked at 40minsSubstituted forLattweinat 113'minutes
  • 20MagullSubstituted forDallmannat 90'minutes
  • 6OberdorfBooked at 57mins
  • 13DäbritzSubstituted forLohmannat 73'minutes
  • 9Huth
  • 7SchüllerBooked at 57minsSubstituted forAnyomiat 67'minutes
  • 22BrandSubstituted forWassmuthat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kleinherne
  • 4Lattwein
  • 8Lohmann
  • 10Freigang
  • 12Schult
  • 14Anyomi
  • 16Dallmann
  • 18Wassmuth
  • 21Berger
  • 23Doorsoun
Referee:
Kateryna Monzul
Attendance:
87,192

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home20
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 2, Germany 1.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, England 2, Germany 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alessia Russo (England).

  4. Post update

    Lena Oberdorf (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Lena Oberdorf (Germany).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Nikita Parris replaces Lauren Hemp.

  8. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Merle Frohms.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alessia Russo (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ella Toone.

  10. Post update

    Chloe Kelly (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Giulia Gwinn (Germany).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lena Oberdorf (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Linda Dallmann with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Germany. Conceded by Lauren Hemp.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Lena Lattwein replaces Felicitas Rauch.

  15. Post update

    Alessia Russo (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lena Oberdorf (Germany).

  17. Booking

    Chloe Kelly (England) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! England 2, Germany 1. Chloe Kelly (England) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (England) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Keira Walsh.

  20. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Felicitas Rauch.

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