England’s Euro 2022 win over Germany ‘will change society’

England beat Germany 2-1 to lift the European Football Championships on Sunday, their first major women’s trophy.

The heated match – which took place at Wembley Stadium in London – saw striker Chloe Kelly score the winning goal in the second period of extra time.

Here’s a look at the reaction in both countries.

England reaction: ‘Football has come home’

The English players were quick to share their enthusiasm.

“Thank you to every single person. Honestly, it’s amazing. That’s what dreams are made of,” Kelly told the BBC.

“It’s amazing. To be here and score the winner, these girls are special, this manager is special. It’s amazing. I just want to celebrate now.”

His comments were echoed by team captain Leah Williamson, who believes the result will have positive social repercussions.

“I can’t stop crying. We talk and we talk and we talk and we finally did it,” she said. “You know what? The kids are fine. This is the proudest moment of my life. Look, the legacy of this tournament is change in society.”

“I think we’ve really changed,” added team coach Sarina Wiegman. “I think this tournament has done so much for the game but also for society and women in society in England, but I also think in Europe and around the world and I hope it brings (bigger) change too. .”

Tributes poured in from beyond the world of sport, as a variety of high profile public figures – from pop group the Spice Girls, to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Queen Elizabeth II – hailed the success of the Lionesses.

“Congrats @Lionesses True #GirlPower right there,” the official Spice Girls Twitter account tweeted.

Adele was another musical act to add her vocals to the chorus.

“You did it!!” she urged on her Instagram page. “It’s back!! Congratulations @lionesses, what a game changer!!”

“Football has come home!” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who used the popular phrase used at the men’s championship last summer before England lost to Italy in the final . “Congratulations to Sarina, Leah and the entire team. Football pitches across the country will be filled like never before with girls and women inspired by your triumph.

“The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise,” read a letter from Queen Elizabeth II.

“However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you so deserved.”

“You have all set an example that will inspire girls and women today, and for generations to come. I hope you will be equally proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today.”

Germany’s reaction: “We are still being deceived”

Meanwhile, the German team paid tribute to the Lionesses and expressed their disappointment at the defeat.

“One hundred and twenty minutes of pure passion and pure struggle was not enough today,” he remarked on his official Twitter account. “Respect and congratulations to the Lionesses.”

Many applauded the performances of the Lionesses and the women of the DFB, including Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “Congratulations to the @Lionesses for the European Championships and to the @DFB_Frauen for the world class performance in a close game. It was an exciting tournament and the whole of Germany is proud of this team!”

“Congratulations, dear @Lionesses, well done,” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. “And you, dear @DFB_Frauen, have made us all very proud.”

Nevertheless, some in the country did not hide their grievances.

german newspaper Image felt England were given an unfair advantage during the match after the referee opted not to penalize the Lionesses for a 25th-minute handball.

“We are deceived again,” it read.