How England won Euro 2022, made history and ‘changed society’

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Football finally came home, and in style, as England won Euro 2022 at Wembley on Sunday.

It was a stunning route to the final, where they dispatched eight-time winners Germany; scoring 22 goals and conceding just twice along the way.

The dramatic finale was watched by a crowd of 87,192 at the national stadium - the biggest-ever attendance for any Euros game, men’s or women’s.

Head coach Sarina Wiegman signed off her post-match press conference with the simple statement: “We changed society today.”

Here’s how they did it...

The first goal. (AP)
The first goal. (AP)

Group stage 1-0 v Austria (July 6, Old Trafford)

England underwhelmed on the opening night but a tense win gave them lift off.

A good finish from Beth Mead was a sign of things to come, as was a smart save by Mary Earps.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Group A) : England v Norway

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Beth Mead of England picks up the match ball after their hat trick during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium (The FA via Getty Images)
Beth Mead of England picks up the match ball after their hat trick during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium (The FA via Getty Images)
Georgia Stanway of England celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal from the penalty spot (Getty Images)
Georgia Stanway of England celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal from the penalty spot (Getty Images)
England’s striker Ellen White celebrates scoring the team’s third goal (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s striker Ellen White celebrates scoring the team’s third goal (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s defender Rachel Daly (L) falls to the pitch after a challenge from Norway’s striker Karina Savik d (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s defender Rachel Daly (L) falls to the pitch after a challenge from Norway’s striker Karina Savik d (AFP via Getty Images)
Ellen White (AFP via Getty Images)
Ellen White (AFP via Getty Images)
Beth Mead of England picks up the match ball after their hat trick d (The FA via Getty Images)
Beth Mead of England picks up the match ball after their hat trick d (The FA via Getty Images)
Ellen White of England  celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal (The FA via Getty Images)
Ellen White of England celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Beth Mead scores their fourth goal (REUTERS)
England’s Beth Mead scores their fourth goal (REUTERS)
Leah Williamson of England reacts following their sides victory after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium (The FA via Getty Images)
Leah Williamson of England reacts following their sides victory after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s striker Alessia Russo (R) celebrates scoring the team’s seventh goal with England’s striker Beth Mead during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway at Brighton and Hove Community Stadium (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s striker Alessia Russo (R) celebrates scoring the team’s seventh goal with England’s striker Beth Mead during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway at Brighton and Hove Community Stadium (AFP via Getty Images)

Group stage 8-0 v Norway (July 11, Amex Stad)

A dazzling display established the Lionesses as the team to beat.

Georgia Stanway got things going with an early penalty, Lauren Hemp got the second, Mead netted a hat-trick, Ellen White scored twice and Alessia Russo came off the bench to score on a record-breaking night.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Group A) : Northern Ireland v England

England’s Ellen White (centre) celebrates after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A match vs Northern Ireland (PA)
England’s Ellen White (centre) celebrates after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A match vs Northern Ireland (PA)
ngland’s Ella Toone and Rachel Daly celebrate after Northern Ireland’s Kelsie Burrows scores an own goal and England’s fifth (REUTERS)
ngland’s Ella Toone and Rachel Daly celebrate after Northern Ireland’s Kelsie Burrows scores an own goal and England’s fifth (REUTERS)
lessia Russo of England scores their team’s fourth goal (Getty Images)
lessia Russo of England scores their team’s fourth goal (Getty Images)
England’s Alessia Russo scores their third goal (REUTERS)
England’s Alessia Russo scores their third goal (REUTERS)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal (Getty Images)
England’s Georgia Stanway in action (REUTERS)
England’s Georgia Stanway in action (REUTERS)
]: England fans show their support (The FA via Getty Images)
]: England fans show their support (The FA via Getty Images)
Beth Mead of England scores their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Beth Mead of England scores their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Beth Mead celebrates with Rachel Daly of England after scoring their team’s second goal (The FA via Getty Images)
Beth Mead celebrates with Rachel Daly of England after scoring their team’s second goal (The FA via Getty Images)
Ellen White of England reacts after missing a chance (Getty Images)
Ellen White of England reacts after missing a chance (Getty Images)
Rachel Furness of Northern Ireland contests a penalty decision to eferee, Kateryna Monzul that was later overturned by VAR (Getty Images)
Rachel Furness of Northern Ireland contests a penalty decision to eferee, Kateryna Monzul that was later overturned by VAR (Getty Images)

Group stage 5-0 v Northern Ireland (July 15, St Mary’s)

With qualification secured, England continued their sparkling form.

Fran Kirby struck first, Mead scored again, Russo made another impact as a substitute with two goals and Kelsie Burrows’s own goal sealed victory.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Quarter-Final): England vs Spain

England’s Lauren Hemp and teammates celebrate after the match (REUTERS)
England’s Lauren Hemp and teammates celebrate after the match (REUTERS)
England manager Sarina Wiegman celebrates after the match (REUTERS)
England manager Sarina Wiegman celebrates after the match (REUTERS)
England’s Ella Toone scores their first goal past Spain’s Sandra Panos (REUTERS)
England’s Ella Toone scores their first goal past Spain’s Sandra Panos (REUTERS)
England’s Ella Toone celebrates scoring their first goal (REUTERS)
England’s Ella Toone celebrates scoring their first goal (REUTERS)
Georgia Stanway of England celebrates with teammate Lauren Hemp after scoring their team’s second goal (The FA via Getty Images)
Georgia Stanway of England celebrates with teammate Lauren Hemp after scoring their team’s second goal (The FA via Getty Images)
Spain’s Sandra Panos in action with England’s Alex Greenwood and Mary Earps (REUTERS)
Spain’s Sandra Panos in action with England’s Alex Greenwood and Mary Earps (REUTERS)
Players of England huddle following the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Quarter Final match (The FA via Getty Images)
Players of England huddle following the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Quarter Final match (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Georgia Stanway celebrates scoring their second goal with Lauren Hemp (REUTERS)
England’s Georgia Stanway celebrates scoring their second goal with Lauren Hemp (REUTERS)
Leah Williamson of England is challenged by Patri Guijarro of Spain (Getty Images)
Leah Williamson of England is challenged by Patri Guijarro of Spain (Getty Images)
Sarina Wiegman celebrates with Alessia Russo and Millie Bright of England after their sides victory (Getty Images)
Sarina Wiegman celebrates with Alessia Russo and Millie Bright of England after their sides victory (Getty Images)
Spain’s Marta Cardona in action with England’s Mary Earps (REUTERS)
Spain’s Marta Cardona in action with England’s Mary Earps (REUTERS)

Quarter-final 2-1 (aet) v Spain (July 20, Amex Stad)

Having been just six minutes from a calamitously early exit, England fought back to propel themselves into the hearts of a nation.

Ella Toone volleyed in an equaliser to send the match into extra-time before a rocket from Stanway settled an absorbing contest.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 (Semi-Final): England vs Sweden - Lionesses celebrate victory

England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
England’s Ellen White, Hannah Hampton celebrate and teammates celebrate (REUTERS)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
Ella Toone and Rachel Daly of England celebrate (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s Beth Mead, left, celebrates after scoring her side’s first goal (AP)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s midfielder Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring her team fourth goal (AFP via Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze of England celebrates scoring their side’s second goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores  a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England scores a sublime back heel third goal whilst under pressure from Caroline Seger and Jonna Andersson of Sweden (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
Alessia Russo of England celebrates scoring their side’s third goal (Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
England’s coach Sarina Wiegman celebrates with England’s midfielder Jill Scott (AFP via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England players celebrate in the dressing room after their sides victory (The FA via Getty Images)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)
England’s Leah Williamson, left, and Ellen White celebrate (AP)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)
The England team form a huddle following victory (The FA via Getty Images)

Semi-final 4-0 v Sweden (July 26, Bramall Lane)

After three semi-final defeats in a row, England powered past Sweden to reach Wembley.

Earps was called into action early on but England dominated once Mead scored her sixth goal of the finals. Lucy Bronze added a second, Russo scored an outrageous backheel before Kirby made it four.

In Pictures | Women’s Euro 2022 Final: England vs Germany

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Final 2-1 (aet) v Germany (July 31, Wembley)

Eight-time winners Germany provided a true test of nerve but the Lionesses joined the World Cup heroes of 1966 with an historic victory.

Toone scored the opener before Lina Magull finally breached the England defence, but Chloe Kelly pounced in extra-time.

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