England are the champions of Europe

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The Three Lions beat Germany 2-1 after extra-time in the final at a sold-out Wembley, thanks to Chloe Kelly’s winner.

It was Kelly’s first international goal and it came with 10 minutes remaining in extra time of the European Championship final.

Germany were dealt a huge blow before kick off with the tournament’s top goalscorer and team captain, Alexandra Popp, pulling out of the final through injury.

Popp had scored in every game so far this tournament, notching six goals.

She had missed the 2013 and 2017 Euros through injury and suffered more heartbreak just moments before the final this year.

Lea Schuller replaced her in Germany’s starting XI.

Meanwhile, England manager Sarina Wiegman named an unchanged starting line-up for the sixth time during the tournament.

England draw first blood

It was England who started the brightest, buoyed by a full Wembley stadium and an incredible atmosphere.

It took just a few minutes for German goalkeeper Merle Frohms to be called into action thanks to Ellen White’s header from Fran Kirby’s cross.

But midway through the first half, Germany were wondering how they didn’t take the lead after a scramble on England’s goal line from a dangerous corner.

A VAR check on a potential penalty was quickly dismissed.

Things got a bit feisty at times during a goalless first half.

Referee Kateryna Monzul dished out three yellow cards in the first 45 minutes as passions ran high.

Germany began the second half the stronger of the two sides and put the hosts under pressure.

However, everything they threw at England was repelled by goalkeeper Mary Earps who had a sensational game.

But it was just after the hour mark that England took the lead – and they did it in style.

It took a sensational pass from the brilliant Keira Walsh in midfield that set substitute Toone on her way.

Toone had only been on the pitch for six minutes.

Toone took her time and showed incredible composure to dink the ball delightfully over the onrushing ‘keeper and into the back of the net.

Lina Magull equalises

But England couldn’t hold out in front of an 87,192 attendance – an all-time record in both men’s and women’s Euros.

It was a wonderfully worked goal as Tabea Wassmuth’s low cross was expertly finished into the roof of the net by Magull to silence Wembley.

Kelly’s extra-time winner

As is typically the case – especially in finals – extra-time was a tense affair.

Both England and Germany looked extremely tired and neither wanted to make a mistake that would cost them the trophy.

But then, with 10 minutes remaining of the second half of extra-time the moment that England fans had been dreaming of arrived.

Germany failed to deal with a dangerous corner and Kelly was on hand to poke the ball home.

England’s 2-1 win over Germany gave the English women their first-ever major title in front of a record crowd on home soil.

This also helped England avenge their defeat by Germany in the 2009 Euro final in Helsinki, Finland.

Also, 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.


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