THE BALL – England is crowned European champion (Women’s Football)

Historic! England are champions of women’s football in Europe, something that happens for the first time in their history.

In the final, against the most titled European team, Germany (8 titles), the English team was better, they endured extra time where they showed less physical condition – in addition to the fact that they conceded the equalizer just over 10 minutes ago. the end of regular time… – but in the end he left smiling (with many tears of happiness in the mix), with the conquest of a long-desired trophy.

Faced with a Wembley Stadium bursting at the seams – 87,192 spectators, which meant a new record in a European Championship final – England took the lead in the 62nd minute, when Ella Toone, a newcomer, gave the best following a long pass from Keira Wallsh and, on the way out of Merle Frohms, executed a perfect hat for the first of the afternoon.

The German reaction was not long in coming and, shortly afterwards, following a cross from the right by Tabea Wassmuth, Lina Magull, in the center of the area, deflected it to equalize.

The match then went into extra time, and in the extra 30 minutes there was a feeling that Germany were more physically available. Even so, and because football is (really) prodigal in surprises, it was England who managed to score again: in the 110th minute, and after a corner from the right by Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, opportunely, inside the small area, touched to 2-1. It was the goal of the career (and life!) of the Manchester City player.

The final whistle was synonymous with an indescribable explosion of joy from the English fans, with Wembley in perfect delight with the feat achieved by the girls by Sarina Wiegmann. The England coach, born in the Netherlands, gets the double in the competition, after, in 2017, having won the title for… The Netherlands.

England returns to great European football achievements (men’s and women’s) after… 56 years later! The last great English achievement had come in the men’s World Cup in 1966, when England defeated… Germany (Western, at the time), winning 4-2 after extra time. Now, more than half a century later, there is once again a hard party in Her Majesty’s lands.

Remember the game movie:

End of overtime! England 2 Germany 1.

Two minutes of minimum additional time allowed for the second half of extra time.

119 minutes: Substitution in England, with the departure of Lauren Hemp for the entry of Nikita Parris.

117 minutes: Shot by Alessia Russo, already inside the area, slightly dropped to the right side, for an excellent save by Merle Frohms, for a corner.

114 minutes: Giulia Gwinn’s shot, already inside the area, but Lauren Hemp, with a miraculous cut, prevents Germany’s equalizer.

113 minutes: Substitution in Germany, with the departure of Felicitas Rauch for the entry of Lena Lattwein.

112 minutes: Yellow card to Chloe Kelly.

110 minutes: England goal! Lauren Hemp’s right corner, confusion in the German area and, opportunely, Chloe Kelly, inside the small area, deflected it to 2-1.

107 minutes: Ella Toone’s long-range shot and Merle Frohms saves… with his foot! Unorthodox, but effective.

Start of the second part of extra time!

Extension break! England 1 Germany 1.

One minute of time adds minimum allowed to the first half of extra time.

103 minutes: Substitution in Germany, with the departure of Marina Hegering for the entrance of Sara Doorsoun.

100 minutes: Yellow card to Alessia Russo.

91 minutes: Substitution in Germany, with the departure of Lina Magull for the entry of Linda Dallmann.

Start of the first part of extra time!

End of regulation time! England 1 Germany 1. There will be extra time for the Euro-2022 final.

Four minutes minimum additional time for this second half.

88 minutes: Double substitution in England, with the departures of Rachel Daley and Georgia Stanway for the entrances of Alex Greenwood and Jill Scott.

79 minutes: Germany scores! A cross from the right by Tabea Wassmuth and Lina Magull, in the center of the area, makes the first goal for 1-1.

75 minutes: Giulia Gwinn’s cross/shot, on the right, but the ball passes in front of Mary Earps’ goal without any German player getting the deflection to the back of the net.

73 minutes: Substitution in Germany, with the departure of Sara Dabritz for the entry of Sydney Lohman.

68 minutes: Shoot by Chloe Kelly, in the form of Merle Frohms.

67 minutes: Substitution in Germany, leaving Lea Schuller for the entry of Nicole Anyomi.

66 minutes: Great opportunity for Germany! Lina Magull’s shot to the left post of Mary Earps’ goal, and in the rebound, the ball still left for Lea Schuller, who shot into the hands of the English goalkeeper.

64 minutes: Substitution in England, with the departure of Beth Mead and the entry of Chloe Kelly.

62 minutes: England goal! Long pass from Keira Walsh to Ella Toone, in depth, with the English number 20, the first time she touches the ball, giving a monumental cap to Merle Frohms. 1-0.

57 minutes: Yellow card to Lea Schuller.

57 minutes: Lena Oberdorf yellow card.

55 minutes: Double substitution in England, with the departures of Ellen White and Fran Kirby, for the entrances of Alessia Russo and Ella Toone.

49 minutes: Lina Magull, already in the area, has a first-time shot, but the ball goes slightly off the right post of Mary Earps’ goal.

46 minutes: Substitution in Germany, with the departure of Jule Brand for the entry of Tabea Wassmuth.

Start of the second part!

Quite balanced game, despite some territorial dominance of England that went around the opposing goal more times.

Even so, the best scoring opportunity belonged to Germany, in the 25th minute, when Leah Williamson, on the line, prevented Marina Hegering from opening the scoring.

The spectacle is being pleasant, in a Wembley Stadium bursting at the seams, but it is still a final of a European Championship. Which, strictly speaking, makes neither of the two teams risking too much. Perhaps for this reason, the danger shots were not exactly a constant during the first 45 minutes.

Therefore, everything is open for the complementary stage. England will do everything to win their first European title, Germany will want to distance themselves even further from the competition and reach the throne of Europe’s women’s football for the ninth time.

Break! England 0 Germany 0.

One minute minimum additional time for this first half.

40 minutes: Yellow card to Felicitas Rauch.

38 minutes: Great opportunity for England! Beth Mead’s cross from the right and Ellen White’s shot, already in the area, shooting slightly over the crossbar of Merle Frohms.

25 minutes: Great opportunity for Germany! Lina Magull’s left corner, Marina Hegering deflected towards the goal, in the circumstance, Leah Williamson’s cut, on top of the line, prevented the German team from scoring.

25 minutes: Jule Brand’s move, on the left, and the number 22’s cross was intercepted by Lucy Bronze and prevented greater harm to Mary Earps’ goal.

24 minutes: Yellow card to Ellen White.

23 minutes: Yellow card to Georgia Stanway.

19 minutes: Left-hand corner kick by Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze at the far post, headed for a safe save by Merle Frohms.

12 minutes: Long shot from Sara Dabritz, wide over the crossbar by Mary Earps.

10 minutes: Svenja Huth’s play from the right, a late pass to Sara Dabritz who, already in the area, shoots with her left foot, giving England the header of Lucy Bronze. If the English number 2 had not been able to intercept the shot, Germany could be, at this hour, in front of the marker.

3 minutes: Fran Kirby and Ellen White cross from the left, at the far post, header to the figure of Merle Frohms.

Last minute change in the Germany national team: Alexandra Popp was injured in the warm-up period and dropped out of the starting eleven. Lea Schuller took her place.

Start of the match!

The mythical and imposing Wembley Stadium in London is completely full to host this Euro-2022 final. In the stands, naturally, red and white predominate, the predominant colors of the English flag.

Germany beat Denmark (4-0), Spain (2-0) and Finland (3-0) in the group stage, then beat Austria (2-0) in the quarter-finals, and France (2-1), in the semi-finals.

England defeated Austria (1-0), Norway (8-0) and Northern Ireland (5-0) in the group stage, Spain (2-1 after extra time) in the quarter-finals, and Sweden (4-0), in the semi-finals.

Looking at the path of these two teams until the game of the grand final, it can be said that both had a practically immaculate path. Both England and Germany won all the matches of this Euro-2022, and only the English team needed to go to extra time to add another triumph.

Germany: Merle Frohms, Giulia Gwinn, Kathrin Hendrich, Marina Hegering, Felicitas Rauch, Lina Magull, Lena Oberdorf, Sara Dabritz, Svenja Huth, Alexandra Popp Ç and Jule Brand

Substitutes: Almuth Schult, Ann-Katrin Berger, Sophia Kleinherne, Lena Lattwein, Lea Schuller, Sydney Lohmann, Laura Freigang, Nicole Anyomi, Linda Dallmann, Tabea Wassmuth and Sara Doorsoun

Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenbur

England: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson ÇRachel Daly, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh, Beth Mead, Fran Kirby, Lauren Hemp and Ellen White

Substitutes: Hannah Hampton, Ellie Roebuck, Alex Greenwood, Jessica Carter, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Nikita Parris, Chloe Kelly, Beth England, Ella Toone, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Alessia Russo

Coach: Sarina Wiegman

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

Assistants: Maryna Striletska (Ukraine) and Paulina Baranowska (Poland)

4th Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)

VAR / AVAR: Paolo Valeri (Italy) and Maurizio Mariani (Italy)

There are already teams!

In terms of FIFA ranking, Germany currently occupies the 5th position (behind the United States of America, Sweden, France and the Netherlands), while England is in the 8th position. Among the two contenders this afternoon are Canada and Spain.

With regard to the Germans, it should be added, there is also an immense desire for reconquest. This is because, despite Germany being by far the team with the most European titles won, the truth is that the last trophy was won in 2013. After that, in 2017, it was the Netherlands that reached the highest place on the podium, after beating Denmark 4-2.

Germany, on the other hand, intends to reinforce its status as the most titled team in Europe. The Germans are the ones that have won the most European Championships to date (8), largely surpassing the competition: Norway (2), Sweden and the Netherlands (1).

England will look to win their first European title. The English team has already been present in two finals, but in both they were defeated: in 1984, against Sweden (3-4, in the penalty shootout) and in 2009, against Germany (2-6).

This is the rematch of the 2009 final, which took place in Finland and where Germany thrashed England 6-2.

This afternoon (5 pm) Wembley Stadium will host the final of the European Women’s Football Championship, which will face England and Germany. BOLA online will tell you all the incidents of this great show. Come with us, dear reader…

Good evening!

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