England crowned Euro 2022 champions with thrilling extra-time win over Germany

Peak UK television audience of 17.4 million watch on as history-makers Lionesses become European champions with fairytale victory at Wembley

Monday, 1st August — By Catherine Etoe

England v Germany - UEFA Womens Euro 2022 Final - Wembley Stadium

It came home: England are the Euro 2022 champions [Daniela Porcelli/SPP]

HISTORY was made at Wembley Stadium last night (Sunday) after England won a thrilling extra-time final with Germany to lift the Euro 2022 trophy on home soil.

If the stadium had a roof, it would have been lifted right off as a European Championship record 87,192 fans roared on the two teams in a hard-fought battle for the coveted title.

But the moment belonged to England and afterwards, there were tears aplenty as a final full of tough tackles and some moments of individual brilliance set Wembley alight.

Substitute Ella Toone had England supporters on their feet a mere seven minutes after taking to the pitch as she coolly lobbed the ball over keeper Merle Frohms.

But eight-time winners Germany were the fiercest of opponents and Lina Magull forced the tie into extra-time, blowing kisses to the crowd as she celebrated her 79th minute equaliser.

Kisses were nothing, though, compared to the celebratory run Chloe Kelly embarked on after prodding in the winner – the Manchester City player whipping off her shirt as she sped around the pitch in delight.

It was a fitting celebration for a young player who had just overcome a serious knee injury to make the cut in Sarina Wiegman’s squad.

It was also an iconic climax to a tournament that has smashed attendance and viewing records at every turn, with 17.5 million watching the final on the BBC and a similar number tuning in in Germany

Afterwards, Arsenal’s own Beth Mead was hailed as player of the tournament and top scorer, with six goals and five assists.

“I’m still Beth Mead, I play football, something that I love doing, for me it’s just a dream come true, what I’m doing,” she said.

But while the forward was modest about her own talents, she was full of praise for her manager, who departed as the first coach to win consecutive titles with two different nations.

“What a woman,” said Mead of Wiegman. “She was so calm, she believed in us, we believed in each other and the team.”

And it is the creation of that team mentality, even when several of the squad of 23 did not get on the pitch, that former Netherlands captain Wiegman seems to have nailed.

Arsenal defender and England captain Leah Williamson added: “Today you saw 23 players prove to each other they would do absolutely anything for each other in this shirt.”

 

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