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Final — England 2 - 1 Germany: initial reactions and observations

Germany fall to late defeat in their ninth bid for the European summit.

Millie Bright and Georgia Stanway converge to deflect Tabea Waßmuth’s shot as teammates look on.
Tabea Waßmuth fires on goal as Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway defends during the second half of the EURO 2022 Final.
Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Full-time: initial reactions and observations

  • Hard-fought and physical matchup that fittingly went the full 120’.
  • Each team had periods of being on the ascendancy. In the end it came down to small moments made, and small ones missed.
  • Heartbreak in many ways for the Germans, as the second goal came out of nowhere late in extra-time.
  • Still, lots to be proud of from this tournament and a bright future to look forward to. This German team is energetic, young, and full of belief in themselves and each other.
  • This is the first loss in a Women’s EURO Final in Germany history. The DFB Frauen are now 8-1 in the competition.

A thoroughly entertaining tournament, and congrats to the hosts — who bring it home as first-time winners!

120’: The game is being played by the corner flag on Germany’s left now. 2’ of extra time but you get the sense it won’t be enough.

113’: It’s last rolls of the dice now. Lena Lattwein comes on in midfield and it’s Felicitas Rauch, left-back, coming off. A note from the coach is passed around the remaining back-line.

111’: ENGLAND SCORE! It’s not cleaned up after a corner and the English fans are delirious. Chloe Kelly pokes it in after the ball slips through Frohm’s fingers.

107’: A long-range shot from Toone and Frohms side-foots it first time to save. Peculiar moment!

And now back to the fouling.

105’: Another clash, and the referee rushes in to defuse tensions as Jill Scott screams at Sydney Lohmann, who probably obstructed her a little too long after the play.

That’s the first 15’ in the books. Fifteen minutes remain.

103’: Another clattering of bodies results in a surprising free kick for Germany. “Ludicrous decision,” fumes Ian Darke on ESPN.

It’s Hegering making way now for Doorsoun. Like Magull, she must be exhausted after the shift she put in today.

100’: Russo earns a yellow for clattering into Oberdorf studs high. That’s...a lot of yellows for both teams. Looks like a center-back change is coming as Sara Doorsoun warms up on the sidelines.

96’: Hegering has been massive today. Cuts out another opportunity for England as they try to hoof it to Russo. Incredible leadership and defensive performance.

Meanwhile it’s Huth sent flying down the right, but it’s barely cut out for a corner! Germany still have the advantage.

91’: Linda Dallmann comes on in midfield to begin extra time, replacing Lina Magull, who has played her heart out.

End of second half: We’re on to extra time. Germany were looking down for the count after England’s second-half substitutions resulted in a quick goal, but found great joy down the right side and Lina Magull eventually found the equalizer. Since then, it’s been all Germany but no breakthrough, and tired legs are now setting in.

Both teams will be eager for the break. Who’s got more left in reserve?

90+3’: Lohmann leads the break off an English free kick but her final pass is a miscommunication. A nice counter chance fizzles.

90’: England can’t get a smooth passage of possession. It’s actually amazing how much Germany can swarm to the ball even with so much fatigue setting in.

The board goes up, and it’s 4’ of extra time.

88’: Two more subs for England. Bayern’s Stanway comes off, having already picked up a yellow, and it’s a replacement at left-back as well as they try to address the German initiative down that flank.

82’: Germany try the redux! Gwinn down the right to Waßmuth and Magull at the near post again! This time it’s cut out. Could the tables have turned so quickly? The Germans look alive.

79’: AND IT’S ALL TIED UP!!!! Germany fly down the English left flank again. Waßmuth slides it across and this time, Magull makes no mistake with her shot! It’s a game now!

78’: Magull catches a loose bounce in the box and fires! It’s well placed and on goal but cut out. Then England come back the other way and Hendrich has just the pace to cut it out. Hendrich launches back...

75’: Another excellent piece of teamwork down the right and it’s Gwinn who fires right across goal. It narrowly misses finding a German boot and bounces harmlessly out of bounds.

87,192 attendance today at Wembley. This is a UEFA EURO record!

72’: Hegering at the back post again! She swings and misses, unluckily, as the goal was open.

It’s Sydney Lohmann on now for Däbritz. Up front it’s Huth, Waßmuth, Anyomi left to right.

68’: Nicole Anyomi has come on for Lea Schüller in another shift up front.

66’: Oh, what a let-off! Lina Magull darts down the right half-space and is found in space. She gets a great look at goal and fires a shot that cannons off the post — right into the path of Lea Schüller! Whose follow-up lands in Earp’s hands.

62’: England lead! It’s the substitute, Toone, splitting the center-backs and she’s 1-on-1 versus Frohms. Toone chips it over the keeper and Germany trail for the first time this tournament.

60’: Now Hegering is down as she wins the ball over Beth Mead, who comes in hard with a swing of her leg. Both players feel the collision. Let’s not see anyone hurt, please!

57’: Oberdorf is now on a yellow — danger for Germany now as she likes to get stuck in. That looked painful for Stanway.

Germany quickly earn another. Schüller is played in on goal but narrowly misses out, stepping on the knee of Earps in the process. Schüller’s complaints (about Earps clutching her knee?) get her in the books.

56’: Terrific ball-winning from the German midfield so far this half, but no magic in the final touch. England keeper Mary Earps is doing a terrific job as well.

Now the subs are coming on for the Lionesses: Russo and Toone on for Kirby and White, exactly as called out by Lucean in the comments. We’ll see if the results are as foreboding...

50’: Super teamwork! The counter-press wins again and Magull is found right near the penalty spot. She pulls the trigger as fast as she can but it’s wide!

48’: A number of good wins up high for Germany to start the second half. GK Earps is screaming at her defense. Then Waßmuth drives in on goal but it’s a tame effort.

46’: And we’re off! Tabea Waßmuth is on for Jule Brand — a new look up front for Germany.

Half-time thoughts and observations:

  • 0-0 at the break. A chippy match with lots of kicking and shoving but nothing to separate the two teams.
  • England have looked more in control, but Germany had the best chance of the game through Marina Hegering. Those were the types of opportunities they’ve put away previously.
  • Though drawn, it feels like a mountain ahead to climb for the Germans.
  • Man, I’m still just so bummed about Alexandra Popp. Her fairytale EURO ended with a muscular problem in warm-ups.

40’: A first yellow for Germany now as Rauch clatters into an English player, who stays down holding her head.

38’: A failed clearance leads to a cutback for Ellen in great shooting position! It’s almost a surprise that doesn’t wind up in the back of the net.

35’: Germany win the ball back high up the field through Gwinn, who nicks the ball first...but the English player kicks the underside of Gwinn’s foot, goes down, and somehow earns the foul.

33’: Lina Magull with a backheel to nobody — would have been an excellent play if someone had been in that pocket of space. England break but the German line steps up to cut it out again.

28’: Shout for a handball on Lea Schüller as the ball bounces around in the German box. It’s a true audio-visual experience with this heavily England-favoring crowd.

24’: Brand gets down to the endline for Germany! Fires towards the center instead of cutting it back and it’s a corner.

And it’s a great corner! A mad scramble that somehow doesn’t end in the back of the net after Hegering latches onto the end of it.

23’: Another step on the boot, this time from Ellen White and it’s another free kick and another yellow card for England. The crowd boos.

22’: Germany are really struggling to deal with England’s press. A rare mistake gives Germany another break. Georgia Stanway earns a yellow by stepping in on Sara Däbritz — pretty light one, in my opinion.

19’: England with a succession of corners. Frohms finally catches one and Germany breathe, just long enough for England to win the ball through White and force another corner.

14’: Hemp leads a breakaway after for England after a corner, but it’s just cut out eventually by Hendrich from the German backline.

12’: Däbritz is left with space in central midfield and tries a long range effort. Safely over.

9’: Beth Mead makes a dangerous run down the left flank. Leaves Gwinn in the dust and barely misses her chance on the edge of goal.

Looks like it’s Brand on the left and Huth on the right today.

1’: And we’re off...? I don’t know, technical difficulties!

Lineups are out! It’s an unchanged Germany side, as it has been in the main all tournament long. Meanwhile Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway starts for England.

England (4-2-3-1): Earps (GK); Daly — Williamson — Bright — Bronze; Walsh — Stanway; Hemp — Kirby — Mead; White

Germany (4-3-3): Frohms (GK); Rauch — Hegering — Hendrich — Gwinn; Däbritz — Oberdorf — Magull; Huth (c) — Schüller — Brand

A late, late scratch for tournament scoring co-leader Alexandra Popp (muscular problems) means it’s Lea Schüller’s return. Huth wears the armband.

Kickoff at the hour mark!

Three hours earlier and streaming in the U.S. on ESPN+, it’s the UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022 Final. Welcome one and all to the culmination of a remarkable journey for head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and her very special Germany squad.

There’s not much to say that we haven’t already. What a tournament it has been, from every perspective — Bayern, Germany, neutral, or otherwise! Full of class and excitement all the way, with a final that is gearing up to be an absolutely can’t-miss match between two of the world’s finest teams.

And a full-capacity Wembley Stadium, a stage grand enough for the occasion.

Germany, a potent mixture of youth — led by 20-year-old heartbeat of the midfield Lena Oberdorf — and experience — via captain Alexandra Popp’s staggeringly clinical golden boot campaign in her debut EURO, are marching in to unseat the host nation and perhaps the top pre-tournament favorites. England are a team who won’t back down, and can win every which way.

Take your seats, the show’s about to begin.

Match Info

Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Time: 12:00pm ET, 5:00pm local time

TV/streaming: USA — ESPN+ / TUDN USA,; UK — BBC iPlayer, Find Your Country

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