Euro de football 2022 : à Wembley, l’Angleterre sacrée championne d’Europe pour la première fois

Euro de football 2022 : à Wembley, l’Angleterre sacrée championne d’Europe pour la première fois

At the end of a very indecisive match, the English “Lionesses” finally forced the decision against the Germans (2-1 after extra time) to conquer, in the London temple of Wembley, the first title in their history, in the final of the Euro 2022 soccer.

The English found the “Frauen Nationalmannschaft” in official competition for the first time since 2009, and a Euro final lost heavily in Helsinki (2-6). And if Sarina Wiegman’s players looked like the favorites at home in front of 87,192 supporters who were mostly convinced of her cause, history cast the Germans as dream breakers. This was endorsed a year earlier by the Italians in the final of the 2021 men’s Eurocup, already at Wembley, and already against the England team.

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The Germans, eight-time European champions, had so far won all of their finals and had never lost to the host country in continental finals. It’s done, against a nation winning, both men and women, their first trophy since the 1966 World Cup, now at home, now against the Germans.

Popp missed the Germans

And if Geoff Hurst’s famous and decisive “Wembley goal” is still controversial today, so uncertain is it that it crossed the line, Chloe Kelly’s decisive shot with the tip of the foot and full of opportunism (110me) suffers no possible challenge.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will long mourn the absence of her star Alexandra Popp. Executioner of the Blues in the semifinal (2-1), the player left her teammates in the warm-up victim of a “muscle injury” that prevented him from even taking her place on the bench. A setback given the influence of Wolfsburg’s number 11, co-top scorer of the tournament with England’s Beth Mead (6 goals each). Her replacement Lea Schüller never managed to weigh in on the opposing defence, and even she was sanctioned with a yellow card for another late foul on goalkeeper Mary Earps.

“We are not afraid of anyone” Sarina Wiegman said before the game. The Dutch coach was placed on the English bench in September 2021 with the sole mission of winning, she who had led the Netherlands to the European title in 2017 and to the 2019 World Cup final. Her players, therefore, started the match standing. floor, with a lot of intensity in the duels and a first hot situation badly taken advantage of by Ellen White with a header in the area (3me).

Behind, the Lionesses maintained a sterile control of the game, before seeing the Germans – inoffensive as they were – slowly stick their heads out of the water, to the point of earning the most dangerous opportunity of the first period. In a play from five meters after a poorly cleared corner by the English defence, Marina Hegering could have opened the scoring if she had directed her foot better towards the goal (25me).

An English greeting from the bench

Against her sluggish forward, Sarina Wiegman had the foresight to make two early changes, with Ellen White and Fran Kirby leaving in favor of “super-subs” Ella Toone and Alessia Russo, five goals and two assists. each other from the start of the tournament, entering each time during the match.

And it is precisely Toone who plants the first banderilla, of a pest control concluded with a subtle lob (62me), while England repelled the enemy attacks as best they could. Lina Magull tied (79me) in a magnificent collective movement initiated by a Kathrin-Julia Hendrich festival along the touchline brought back bad memories at Wembley, the setting for another impressive extension. And if the thirty extra minutes were of little use in the game, England were able to finish the job, once again thanks to the quality of their bench.

Replacing the best English player in the tournament, Beth Mead, Chloe Kelly knew how to keep a cool head, from the top of her 24 years, to carry with her toe the push of a goal full of opportunism (110me). In total, seven English goals came from substitutes during this European Championship. “A tournament is never won with eleven”, remembered the World French international Louisa Nécib. Tonight, a whole country wins and should celebrate this first title until the end of the London night.

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