England edge Germany in extra-time to win Euro 2022 and seal country's first major trophy since 1966

England's Lionesses beat Germany in extra-time to win Euro 2022 and end wait for a major trophy

Published: 1 August 2022 - 9.12am
Super-sub Chloe Kelly scored her first ever international goal to seal glory for England

Super-sub Chloe Kelly scored her first ever international goal to seal glory for England

England's Euro 2022 dream became reality as subsitute Chloe Kelly's extra-time goal saw the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 in extra-time to secure their first major trophy in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.

Kelly stabbed the ball past Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms in the 110th-minute to restore the hosts' lead after fellow substitute Ella Toone's wonderful chipped opener.

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Eight-time champions Germany, who lost their star striker Alexandra Popp to injury in the warm-up, drew level with 11 minutes of normal time remaining through Lina Magull.

The game looked destined for a penalty shootout until Kelly's opportunistic effort fired Sarina Wiegman's side to a historic victory.

A year on from the men's team losing their Euros final at the same stadium on penalties to Italy, England can celebrate their first piece of international silverware since the 1966 triumph over West Germany.

Leah Williamson became the first England captain to lift a major trophy since Bobby Moore

It was a third appearance in a Euros final for the Lionesses, and their first since losing 6-2 to Germany in 2009.

There was jubilation at the final whistle as the enormity of the achievement dawned on the Lionesses  in front of a capacity 87,192 crowd - the biggest-ever attendance for any European Championship match.

It was back-to-back Euros successes for Wiegman after overseeing Holland's triumph on home soil back in 2017.

She has endured a near-flawless time in charge since taking the reigns in September, winning 18, drawing twice and scoring 106 without suffering a single defeat.

England forward Beth Mead finished the tournament as Golden Boot winner after edging Germany's Alexandra Popp, despite both players finishing on six goals.

Arsenal's Mead claimed the prestigious award on account of notching more assists than Popp, with the England player laying on five goals for her team-mates.

It was redemption for Mead,  just a year after she was left out of the Team GB squad for the Tokyo Olympics.

The Queen was quick to extend her congratulations, 66 years after she was on hand to present England men's captain Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy at the very same stadium.

"My warmest congratulations, and those of my family, go to you all on winning the European Women's Football Championships," a royal statement said.

"It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

"The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise.

"However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

"You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.

"It is my hope that you will be as proud of the impact you have had on your sport as you are of the result today."

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