Chloe Kelly wrote her name in football history – scoring the winner to hand the Women’s EURO 2022 to England, who beat Germany 2-1 at Wembley.
A crowd of 87,192 – the highest attendance for any Euros final men’s or women’s – were present as it took extra-time to separate them, as one might have expected from these two teams whose defences have proved impressively solid throughout the tournament.
Substitute Ella Toone put England in front against the eight-time European champions with a beautiful lob after a slide-rule pass from Keira Walsh. But Lina Magull equalised with another fantastic strike – her third of the tournament – to force the added half-hour.
And then Kelly – another sub – made herself a legend by bundling the ball over the line, and then stripping off her shirt in celebration, emulating the USA’s Brandi Chastain back in 1999.
THE MATCH-WINNER 🙌 pic.twitter.com/I1H6cAy4os
It ended with a delirious Kelly tearing off her shirt and whirling it around her head – just as Brandi Chastain of the USA did as she scored the winning penalty in the final of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. That, too, was the most successful edition of that tournament up until that point.
But England’s matchup with Germany was a game that did not go quite according to plan.
I see you @Chloe_Kelly98 well done. Enjoy the free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all of England. Cheers!
England would have expected to set up to deal with Alexandra Popp, the Germany striker who had scored in every single match of the campaign up until the final, and Beth Mead’s nearest challenger for the Golden Boot.
That would have involved a strong aerial threat, with four of Popp’s six goals of the tournament coming from her head.
But seconds before the teams took to the pitch, word filtered through that Popp was out of the starting lineup due to an injury incurred in the warmup. She was replaced by Lea Schuller – a very different type of threat, with additional pace and tricky feet.
🌟There’s an individual trophy for @bmeado9 as well – she picks up the Golden Boot.#WEURO2022 | #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/5UzWQfZjYl
Either way, the match was always going to have plenty of determination and the additional needle of the great footballing rivalry between these two teams.
Germany went into the match buoyed by history – they had won all four meetings with England at the Women’s Euros previously by an aggregate scoreline of 15-4, including a 6-2 destruction of Hope Powell’s side in the 2009 final.
Sarina Wiegman – who won the tournament with Netherlands last time round – used her substitutions perfectly, with two replacements making the difference.
Toone broke the deadlock, and, after Magull’s late equaliser, Kelly got the winner by nudging the ball over the line with just a few minutes of extra-time remaining.
Wiegman named an unchanged starting XI in all six of England’s matches to become the first coach in Euros history to name the same starting line-up in every game – men or women’s.
When the Dutch were crowned champions on home turf five years ago, she used just 13 players all tournament – but Wiegman clearly knows when to play her ace card with subs.
The Sporting News was on hand to provide live updates below throughout the match.
*England win 2-1 after extra-time.
62nd min – Ella Toone – England
80th min – Lina Magull – Germany
110th min – Chloe Kelly – England
🏆 The #Lionesses are legends.
England have won a first ever major international trophy!#WEURO2022 | #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/w0vvodfK1l
FULL-TIME: England 2-1 Germany (AET) – ENGLAND ARE EURO 2022 CHAMPIONS!
119th min: Hemp goes off to a standing ovation as Nikita Parris comes on for the final minute.
118th min: Germany can’t get it out their own half. England are keeping them at bay. They are almost there!
116th min: A huge chance for England! Toone finds Russo in space on the edge of the box but her strike is wild and it goes over for a corner. That could have been game over.
114th min: Lauren Hemp does brilliantly to get back and block an effort as deflected shot finds the side netting. Lena Lattwein is on for Rauch.
110th min: GOAL!!!! England 2-1 Germany
Kelly taps home from inside the six-yard box after Frohms fails to deal with the corner and pounces on a loose ball. Wembley erupts again! It’s Kelly’s first ever International goal… what a time to do it!
THE MOMENT! 😍 pic.twitter.com/KmJOKUt0Lc
108th min: Scott shows her quality and her experience to driver her team forward down the right wing to win a throw-in. Kelly then forces a corner.
We’re underway in extra-time! 15 minutes before the dreaded penalties unless someone scores…
HALF-TIME OF EXTRA-TIME: England 1-1 Germany
105th min: Scott’s brought down after having her shirt pulled and it’s safe to say she wasn’t happy with it as she screams in her opponent’s face.
103rd min: Marina Hegering is taken off for Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh. Plenty of tired legs out there right now.
100th min: Russo gets a yellow card for a late 50/50 tackle.
98th min: Germany have a corner that England clear after a few panicky moments.
96th min: A pass does eventually find Russo but she has no support and is swarmed by three German players and eventually concedes possession.
93rd min: Walsh is still dictating play in the middle but that final pass is missing.
We’re underway in extra-time! Germany make another change, goalscorer Magull has gone off for Linda Dallmann.
The first time England’s men won a major Trophy, it went to extra-time against Germany at Wembley in 1966. 56 years on, here we are. Come on @Lionesses 🙌🏻
FULL-TIME: England 1-1 Germany – 30 minutes of extra-time to come!
90th min +2: Bronze crosses one in but Frohms punches clear. Russo then wins a free-kick in a dangerous position but it comes to nothing.
90th min: Russo is looking a little isolated up front on her own right now and England’s midfielders can’t quite find her with that perfect pass. Four minutes added on.
87th min: More subs for England as Alex Greenwood and Jill Scott come on for Rachel Daly and Stanway.
84th min: Few nervy touches out there now. England have just slowed down the pace a little to stop Germany’s momentum.
80th min: GOAL!!!! England 1-1 Germany
Substitute Magull has looked lively since coming on and she converts at the near post from Waßmuth’s low cross. That was a brilliant team goal from start to finish and it had been coming.
79th min: A vital block from Leah Williamson denies Germany and England clear their lines.
A UEFA tournament record. INCREDIBLE 🙌 pic.twitter.com/rKq9mLCCYn
77th min: Giulia Gwinn whips one across the six-yard box but it’s just out of reach for Lohmann. England get lucky.
75th min: Walsh again plays a ball through the middle that opens up Germany’s defence but this time Russo gets her feet in a muddle and Germany clear.
73rd min: Dabritz is off for Sydney Lohmann. Germany rolling the dice now.
71st min: This could be a long 20 minutes for England if they don’t stay calm. A few erratic passes right now and Germany are trying to get the ball forward and break England’s defence.
66th min: Mead’s tournament is over as she can’t recover from a knock earlier and Chloe Kelly is on to replace her.
65th min: Germany rattle the post! Magull gets clear down the right and blasts one from close range but it crashes off the post and England breathe a sigh of relief. Almost an instance response.
WHAT A MOMENT! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/8EMnrcMnU1
62nd min: GOAL!!!!! England 1-0 Germany
Toone scores with a ridiculous finish in one of her first touches since coming on! She runs clear of the German defence to latch on to Walsh’s ball over the top and she keeps her composure to chip it over the goalkeeper. Wembley has erupted!
58th min: Another yellow card for Germany. This time Schuller leaves a foot in on Earps when running through on goal. Five yellow cards issued so far this match now.
57th min: Lena Oberdof gets a yellow card for for a trip on Stanway.
56th min: Hero of the hour Alessia Russo is on! Ella Toone also comes on with Kirby and White departing.
54th min: Germany win a corner as they keep the pressure on England but Earps gathers once again.
⚔️ England’s Ellen White has been involved in a game-high ten duels so far in this final – though she’s won just one of those.
She has also picked up a yellow card. #WEURO2022 | #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/kX4P7Jj1Y4
50th min: Lina Magull picks up the ball from inside the box after getting goal side of Walsh but toe pokes her shot just wide of the post. A huge let off for England. Germany have started stronger.
48th min: An error from Bright sees Waßmuth burst down the left and towards goal but she scuffs her shot and it’s a comfortable save from Earps.
We’re underway! Germany get the second half started and have made one change with Tabea Waßmuth coming on for Jule Brand.
All to play for.
A huge second half coming up 👊 pic.twitter.com/DL6EGlAzb7
45th min: Stanway is late on a tackle again and she has to be careful here, already on a yellow. Wiegman may have to take her off at half-time at this rate. One minute of time added on.
43rd min: Bronze plays a ball into the back post from the left but it’s just beyond Fran Kirby.
41st min: German left-back Felicitas Rauch goes flying into the back of Mead showing a bit too much aggression and she picks up a yellow card.
39th min: A brilliant break from England sees Mead racing clear down the right flank and she has options in the middle. She pulls it back to White but the striker has to stretch to make the shot and her first-time effort goes over the bar. That was a huge opportunity and she knows it.
34th min: Earps does brilliantly to come and catch a dangerous cross with Schuller running in to head home. She takes a battering off the striker but there was no malicious intent there.
29th min: A scrappy passage of play at the other end then sees England appeal for a penalty but replays show there were no concerns.
26th min: How on earth did that not go in!? England hold their breath as a German corner lands right in the middle of their six-yard box and it’s a goalmouth scramble. A combination of Mary Earps saves and a couple of England blocks eventually sees the goalkeeper claim it. A quick VAR check for a potential handball follows but nothing comes of it.
23rd min: White goes into the book a minute later. Unclear if it was for a big tackle or dissent but England need to just keep their heads now. The crowd certainly aren’t impressed with the decisions.
22nd min: Georgia Stanway goes into the referee’s book for tripping Dabritz in the middle of the park. It was a tad late but that seems harsh.
21st min: Germany certainly look a little uncomfortable with England pressing them, White leading the attack.
18th min: England have another dangerous free-kick from the right and Germany’s defence head clear for a corner off Bright’s cross. Frohms then has to deal with a high-lofted ball. The resulting corner sees Bronze’s header find the target but it doesn’t have enough power to trouble the keeper.
🏟️ Sights you ❤️ to see.#WEURO2022 #ENG #GER pic.twitter.com/Z5Ev7q4mUl
16th min: Mead’s free-kick into the box is overhit and it’s a wasted opportunity. Sarina Wiegman will still be happy with how her team has started so far.
13th min: Dabritz has another effort from distance but this one is much more wild and flys high and wide. Germany are just settling a bit now and enjoying more possession in the final third.
10th min: At the other end, Bronze puts in a brilliant block with her head to deny Sara Dabritz’s goal-bound strike from the edge of the box.
8th min: More promising play from the hosts sees Keira Walsh thread a pass into space down the left and Beth Mead makes light work in getting to the byline but can’t find a team-mate in the box. Eventually the flag goes up for offside.
6th min: Lucy Bronze whips in a cross from the right and it forces goalkeeper Merle Frohms into an awkward catch on her goal line. White attempts to put her under pressure by following up and clatters into the shot-stopper… who didn’t seem too impressed.
4th min: Big chance for England early doors as Fran Kirby cuts in on the left and crossed into the back post where Ellen White is lurking, her header is well saved though.
2nd min: The noise being made at Wembley is simply deafening and nothing’s even happened yet! Millie Bright goes down under a strong challenge but the referee waves play on and there are huge boos. The crowd want to play their part today that’s for sure.
ℹ️ Alex Popp muss kurzfristig aufgrund muskulärer Probleme passen. Dafür beginnt Lea Schüller von Beginn an. Svenja Huth übernimmt als Spielführerin.
WIR #IMTEAM 🇩🇪 #hungriGER #WEURO2022 #ENGGER 📸 DFB/Maja Hitij pic.twitter.com/azWxMNvK1z
5mins to kickoff: The latest news is that Alexandra Popp has picked up an injury in the warmup – and she will be replaced by Lea Schuller. That makes a real difference to the style of play we can expect this afternoon – Popp is so strong in the air, Schuller has some pace.
15mins to kickoff: One more stat, though. Germany may be unbeaten in Women’s EUROs finals, but England manager Sarina Wiegman has an unbeaten record as coach full stop. She is the first manager to lead two different countries into the EUROs final, following her triumph with Netherlands in 2017 – and her record in the competition currently stands at played 11, won 11.
30mins to kickoff: Another stat for you ahead of kickoff, which shows just how dominant Germany have been in European women’s football – England have won just two of their 27 meetings with Germany across all competitions, and have lost more often against them than any other opponent (drawing four, losing 21).
45mins to kickoff: We’re expecting a full house of almost 90,000 people at Wembley today, and certainly northwest London has been pretty much packed since around 9.30am local time this morning. The majority of the crowd will be behind the home team, but there’ll be a sizeable Germany contingent – plus plenty of fans there as neutrals to enjoy an amazing occasion.
1hr to kickoff: Sarina Wiegman has, as expected, named the same team that’s started every match thus far.
Your #Lionesses team for the #WEURO2022 final! 👊 pic.twitter.com/pqYxnGcVMM
And Martina Voss-Tecklenburg puts out an unchanged lineup too, with Jule Brand keeping her spot. (Klara Buhl, who she replaced ahead of the semifinal against France, has now tested negative for Covid-19, and will be in the stands tonight rather than in isolation.)
For the trophy! 😤🏆
WIR #IMTEAM 🇩🇪 #hungriGER #WEURO2022 #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/4wPpfCmRxX
1hr 15mins to kickoff: One of the interesting narratives this evening is, of course, the Golden Boot. Beth Mead of England leads the standings, with six goals and five assists; Alexandra Popp of Germany, so dominant in the air, has the same number of goals, and has scored in every match so far. If Popp scores again today, she’ll be just the second player to score in every match from group stages to the final at a EUROs (after Michel Platini).
1hr 30mins to kickoff: The first big question of the day is whether Sarina Wiegman will name an unchanged team for the sixth match running. If she does, they would be the first team in European Championship history (men’s and women’s) to name the same starting line-up in every game from the group stages to the final. We’re expecting team news in about half an hour.
1hr 45mins to kickoff: So yes, Germany are in their ninth Women’s EURO final – and they’ve won all eight they’ve previously contested.
England, on the other hand, are in their third. They lost the first ever EURO, back in 1984, on penalties, and then were roundly beaten 6-2 by Germany in 2009.
2hrs to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final! It’s England vs. Germany at Wembley and we’ll soon be finding out if football really is coming home. Standing in the Lionesses’ way, though, are eight-time champions Germany – in their ninth final.
Stay tuned for team updates shortly.
Wiegman has not changed her starting lineup at all this tournament, so her team may already be clear.
England lineup (4-4-2): Earps (GK) — Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly — Mead, Walsh, Stanway, Hemp — Kirby, White.
England substitutes: Greenwood, Carter, Hampton, Stokes, Scott, Parris, Kelly, England, Toone, Roebuck, Wubben-Moy, Russo
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg had to make a change for the semifinal with Klara Buhl absent through Covid-19, so teenager Jule Brand might continue in her place.
Germany lineup (4-3-3): Frohms (GK) — Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch — Magull, Oberdorf, Dabritz — Huth, Schuller, Brand.
Germany substitutes: Schult, Berger, Kleinherne, Lattwein, Schuller, Lohmann, Freigang, Anyomi, Dallman, Wassmuth, Doorsoun
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton, Ellie Roebuck
Defenders: Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson, Jessica Carter, Demi Stokes, Lotte Wubben-Moy
Midfielders: Rachel Daly, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway, Fran Kirby, Jill Scott, Ella Toone, Alessia Russo
Forwards: Beth Mead, Ellen White, Lauren Hemp, Nikita Parris, Chloe Kelly, Bethany England
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐏𝐎𝐓 🤩🇩🇪 #WEURO2022 | @DFB_Frauen pic.twitter.com/kfsydJiZhv
Goalkeepers: Merle Frohms, Almuth Schult, Ann-Katrin Berger
Defenders: Sophia Kleinherne, Kathrin-Julia Hendrich, Marina Hegering, Giulia Gwinn, Felicitas Rauch, Sara Doorsoun
Midfielders: Lena Lattwein, Lena Oberdorf, Sydney Lohmann, Svenja Huth, Alexandra Popp, Sara Dabritz, Linda Dallmann, Klara Buhl, Lina Magull, Jule Brand
Forwards: Lea Schuller, Laura Freigang, Nicole Anyomi, Tabea Wassmuth