England’s Euro 2022 dream came true as substitute Chloe Kelly watched the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 and lift the first major trophy in their history in front of record crowds at Wembley Stadium.
Kelly pushed the ball past Merle Frohms in the 110th minute to restore the hosts’ lead in the tournament after fellow substitute Ella Toone’s wonderful opener just after the hour mark.
Eight-time champions Germany, who had lost star striker Alexandra Popp to injury in the warm-up, equalized with 11 minutes of regulation time remaining through Lina Magull, and the game was on course to win. a penalty shootout until Kelly’s effort fired Sarina Wiegman’s team. your glory
A year after the men’s side lost their Euro final at the stadium on penalties to Italy, England can celebrate the first major trophy for a senior team since the men’s World Cup triumph of 1966 against West Germany.
And there was jubilation at the final whistle as the players tried to figure out what they had done amid an almighty roar from the crowd of 87,192 spectators – the biggest turnout ever for a Euro match, male or female.
Meanwhile, boss Wiegman could relish back-to-back Euro success after overseeing the Netherlands’ home triumph in 2017. His record in charge of England after taking charge last September has been almost flawless – 20 games, no losses, 18 wins, 106 goals scored and only five conceded.
It was a third Euro final appearance for the team, and the first since losing 6-2 to Germany at Euro 2009 in Finland.
The English women’s game has seen tremendous growth in the years since, with a sense of momentum certainly apparent in recent weeks as Wiegman’s side delighted stadium crowds and viewers – and there will have high hopes for what the future holds after this historic moment.
There was also a personal triumph for Beth Mead, who claimed the Golden Boot after finishing the tournament with six goals – the same amount as Popp, with Mead winning the award due to her superior assist tally.