England conquered this Sunday at home the first women’s European Championship in its history by defeating Germanyeight times champion of the competition, in extra time (2-1) in a packed Wembley Stadium.
Before more than 87,000 spectators, a record in the European Championship, male and female, Chloe Kelly gave the ‘Leonas’ the winning goal in the 111th minute. In regulation time Lina Magull (79) had responded to Ella Toone (62).
In inflicting on the Germans their first defeat in a European Championship final, after won 8 of 13 editions, the English won the heart of a country surrendered at their feet throughout the tournament.
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Three years after a World Cup-2019 in France, which had already shown signs of the upward trajectory of women’s football, And despite the covid-19 pandemic in the middle, the English European Championship ends with an indisputable success.
A popular success in the first place, as evidenced by the 87,192 spectators in the stands at the final, much more than the previous record for a match of the men’s Eurocup, 79,115for the final of the 1964 edition between the host Spain and the USSR (2-1).
Germany may regret having been deprived since the semi-finals of their covid-positive winger Klara Bühl and, a few minutes before kick-off, of their captain and top scorer Alexandra Popp, for “muscle problems” during the warm-up.
Chloe Kelly’s goal, coming out of a corner (2-1, 111), will not remain in the memory for its beauty, but it goes in its own right into the history of English football.