England beats Germany 2-1 in extra time to win Euro 2022

by | Jul 31, 2022 | World

An extra-time strike from forward Chloe Kelly gave England a 2-1 win over Germany in the Women’s European Championship final to claim their first-ever major title in front of a record crowd on home soil.Substitute Kelly reacted quickest to a loose ball from a corner in the second period of extra time on Sunday to give her side the win and avenge their defeat by Germany in the 2009 Euro final in Helsinki, Finland.
England coach Sarina Wiegman became the first manager to win the Euros with two different nations, having led her native Netherlands to the title in 2017.
“I just can’t stop crying. We talk, we talk and we talk and we have finally done it. You know what, the kids are alright. This is the proudest moment of my life,” England captain Leah Williamson said pitchside.
“Listen, the legacy of this tournament is the change in society. The legacy of this team is winners and that is the journey. I love every single one of you, I’m so proud to be English. I’m trying so hard not to swear.”
England players celebrate winning the Women’s Euro 2022 final after the match [Molly Darlington/Reuters]
After the final whistle, the England players danced and the crowd sang their anthem, Sweet Caroline.
The good-natured atmosphere inside the stadium on Sunday drew contrasts with the violent scenes when the England men’s team lost its European Championship final to Italy at the same stadium a year ago.
“I always believed I’d be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing,” said Kelly, who returned from a serious knee injury in April. “This is amazing, I just want to celebrate now.”
It was a historic night for England, who opened the scoring in the 62nd minute through forward Ella Toone in front of a sold-out crowd at Wembley Stadium.
The 87,192 attendance was a record for a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) tournament, men’s or women’s, underlining the growth of women’s football in Europe since the last time England and Germany played for a continental title 13 years ago.
England supporters celebrate in Trafalgar Square, London after watching their team win the final of the Women’s Euro 2022 [Frank Augstein/AP Photo]
Substitute Lina Magull br …

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