S.They showed greatness, even without Alexandra Popp, one of their best and tallest players, who kept her thumb down during the warm-up. Greatness on the pitch and also in failure. They honestly congratulated the English women after losing in the final of the European Championship. Despondency and disappointment changed course with only a slight delay.
After a great fight and many commercials for women’s football, the dream trip of Europe’s record holders ended with a bitter overtime knockout. The coach of the national team, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, had to do a lot of construction work in the big circle on the pitch after 1-2 (1: 1, 0-0) after extra time against the hosts of the England national team.
“It just hurts. We did our best for 120 minutes and didn’t let the 1-0 loser put us off. Unfortunately, we did not reward ourselves. We have to sink it first. Nevertheless, we are happy and proud to have reached so many people, said substitute captain Svenja Huth, “it hurts like a bastard when it came so close to the throw 1: 2 and now we are leaving the field as losers.”
VAR goes to handball
Chloe Maggie Kelly’s 110th-minute winning goal ahead of a record crowd of 87,192 spectators at the European Championships sparked deafening cheers at the London soccer temple and the first-ever international title of Lioness.
Earlier, Lina Magull (79 ‘) equalized the hosts’ lead for the first time by Ella Toone (62′). Even if that wasn’t enough to ultimately win the title, German footballers will be honored on Monday at the Römer Stadium in Frankfurt.
On the other hand, England celebrated its first title since triumphing in the Men’s World Cup in 1966 in the legendary final against Germany and was doing better than Harry Kane and Co., who lost the European Championship final to Italy the year before.
Wembley had a goosebump atmosphere where many celebrities gathered – from Prince William to Chancellor Olaf Scholz to coach Hansi Flick. It was the largest crowd ever recorded at the European Championship – whether men or women. “We will enjoy it. We see it as a challenge but also a privilege, ”said Voss-Tecklenburg.
First, the DFB team had to endure a shock. As both teams emerged from the players’ tunnel, Svenja Huth unexpectedly led the German team instead of Popp. The six-time goalscorer had to pass just before the first whistle, so the first squad was German footballer of the year, Lea Schüller. How bitter for Popp, the winner of the match against France, who has had to come to terms with so many injury-related failures in her career and made her European Championship debut only at the age of 31 a few weeks ago in a 4-0 opening game against Denmark.
Maybe it was bad news for the first whistle, but it could also have been an impressive atmosphere – the German team started nervously and was under equal pressure from the English side in an intense match. First a header from Ellen White (3rd place), then forward Beth Mead was free from the outside (9th) – but goalkeeper Merle Frohms was not fooled.
There were also German stabs, such as a blocked shot by Sarah Däbritz (10th). And in the middle of the first half, Marina Hegering even had a huge chance to take the lead when the Lionesses managed to clear the ball just before the finish line. But as the video judge checked the possible hand penalty in this scene, it suddenly went very quiet in the large group. Surprisingly, the penalty whistle did not come.
“It’s stupid,” said Voss-Tecklenburg, as she was shown the handball pictures of Leah Williamson, “But the people responsible have to think about it. I don’t want to dwell on the situation now. It wasn’t enough for the title so we need to do a little more to take this final step.
Because the English girls had more play in this phase and they were causing serious problems in the selection of the DFB with their physical play. In the case of the record European champion, the pressing also did not work as expected. However, because the hosts showed off their shots too quickly and inaccurately, as with the White shot, he remained goalless in the first 45 minutes.
On the other hand, Chancellor Scholz was “enthusiastic” about his premiere of women’s football at halftime. And so the head of the German government should be pleased when the German team shifted the gear to the front in the second round and had two great chances thanks to substitute Tabea Wassmuth (48th) and excellent Magull (49th). Soon after, Schüller came late with a long ball (57th).
It should pay off. With the long ball, the German defense was not up to par. Toone, who had come off the bench six minutes earlier, tossed the ball into the German goal. The Voss-Tecklenburg team wanted a quick response. But Magull failed with his shot to the post, Schüller’s next shot was too harmless (66 ‘). But the pressure was growing, only Germany was playing. And finally Magull was there after Wassmuth surrendered.
It was getting quieter at Wembley, and for good reason. The Germans increasingly pushed the English into their own half and played a much larger role in the game. But England did not give up and thanks to Kelly they had a better end for themselves. The 24-year-old from Manchester City tucked the ball into the goal after being careless. Germany threw everything forward – without success.
“It hurts a lot”, confessed DFB CEO Bernd Neuendorf: “We didn’t play worse, a victory would have been possible the other way around. The band did their best and I think they were also very unlucky. “