After a closed final and unbreathable extra time, England won their first European championship title this Sunday by winning at Wembley against Germany (2-1 after extra time).
Football is coming home! A real dream poster for this Euro final, the clash between England and Germany was great publicity for women’s football. At the end of a committed and closed meeting in front of 87,192 people (new record in a Euro men and women combined), England offered themselves, in front of their delirious public, their first title of European champion by winning 2-1 after extra time. A year after the boys’ loss to Italy , England overcame the curse to bring their first senior title since the 1966 World Cup for the men’s team.
A real physical fight
Deprived of Alexandra Popp, last minute package , Germany tried to block the English sides, like what had been done against France in the semi-finals . Sara Däbritz’s teammates put a lot of intensity, even if it meant making a few mistakes and offering opportunities to the Lionesses. But the players of Sarina Wiegman, undefeated in a Euro on the bench of a selection, lacked the teeth to break through the German lock, symbolized by Merle Frohms.
As since the start of the tournament, Ellen White (two goals) tried hard but the Manchester City player came up against the German goalkeeper. Dominated, the eight-time European champions had few opportunities to eat, which did not prevent Leah Williamson from extinguishing the only fire on her line. Unlike the 2009 final, where Germany had held against their opponents (6-2), no goal was scored in 45 minutes in a choppy first period.
Winning coaching for both teams
Although muzzled by Lena Oberdorf, Beth Mead did not experience her usual radiance. The top scorer and passer in the competition was deprived of the ball by the Germans, who were much higher on their return from the locker room, before leaving their partners through injury after the hour mark. If Wassmuth sent a first shiver through the spans at Wembley for his team’s first shot on target, Magull missed the target by inches in the heart of a pressured England defence.
Aware that her team was in trouble, Sarina Wiegman decided to cast her luxury replacements, Alessia Russo and Ella Toone. And it only took ten minutes to see the midfielder of Manchester United free an entire stadium with a sublime ball stung on a Georgia Stanway caviar. A new decisive achievement for Toone, already scorer against Spain in the quarter-finals . A jewel that did not destabilize the rebellious Germans, who hit the post on a dry strike from Lina Magull. The Bayern player was rewarded for her efforts by cutting off a center from Wassmuth at the near post to allow Germany to pick up ten minutes from time and snatch an extension at the end of the effort.
Kelly, a goal for history
But the deliverance came in the 110th minute for a Wembley which fell into delirium. The Germans paid for their efforts and lacked lucidity on a pool shot concluded by Chloe Kelly. The goal of the coronation, a goal for history. Football is coming home, and in a good way.
Source: Analie Simon