Germany 2-1 France LIVE! Popp goal - Women’s Euro 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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Germany 2-1 France LIVE! Popp goal - Women’s Euro 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

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Two giants of European football, nothing between them for 76 minutes, then a cross into the box, a towering header and Popp went France’s Wembley dream.

The last train out of Milton Keynes left the station well before kick-off here, but when the London line resumes service tomorrow morning it will be Germany heading towards the capital and a European Championship final meeting with England on Sunday.

Alexandra Popp’s first-half opener had already made her the first player ever to score in five successive matches at the Women’s Euros, fittingly matching the feat of France legend Michel Platini at the men’s equivalent in 1984 and not bad going for a player who had not even started the opening game. But it was her sixth of the tournament that mattered most, nodded in with extra-time looming to snatch a 2-1 victory and shatter French hopes of reaching a first ever major tournament final.

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Germany 2 - 1 France

Match report

22:28 , Matt Verri

Two giants of European football, nothing between them for 76 minutes, then a cross into the box, a towering header and Popp went France’s Wembley dream, writes Malik Ouzia.

The last train out of Milton Keynes left the station well before kick-off here, but when the London line resumes service tomorrow morning it will be Germany heading towards the capital and a European Championship final meeting with England on Sunday.

Alexandra Popp’s first-half opener had already made her the first player ever to score in five successive matches at the Women’s Euros, fittingly matching the feat of France legend Michel Platini at the men’s equivalent in 1984 and not bad going for a player who had not even started the opening game.

But it was her sixth of the tournament that mattered most, nodded in with extra-time looming to snatch a 2-1 victory and shatter French hopes of reaching a first ever major tournament final.

Read the full report!

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Start the party!

22:13 , Matt Verri

Save. The. Date.

22:04 , Matt Verri

Winning goal!

21:55 , Matt Verri

FT: Germany 2-1 France

21:52 , Matt Verri

GERMANY THROUGH TO THE FINAL!

They had to hang on a bit at the end, but Popp has got herself through to the Euro 2022 final.

Wembley. England. Sunday.

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21:50 , Matt Verri

90+3 mins: Wow that’s an awful challenge! Oberdorf has CRUNCHED Diani, as the French forward looked up to find Mateo. There was an advantage but the referee blows immediately, yellow card.

21:48 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Everybody up but Bacha goes for goal from a mile out. It’s a mile over the bar too. Not sure her team-mates will be thrilled with that decision.

Germany able to kill a few more seconds.

21:47 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Ball played into Sarr in the box, should really take it in her path but it’s a poor touch. France win a free-kick again though, 30 yards out.

Five minutes added on!

21:46 , Matt Verri

89 mins: Oberdorf shutting down every attack, even though it’s now by fouling. Up come the French centre-backs.

Long ball into the box, Frohms off her line and punches away. Really good goalkeeping.

21:43 , Matt Verri

87 mins: Renard up for a set piece, doesn’t come to anything but she stays in the box.

Ball floated back in, she wins this header and knocks it back across goal. Almost turned in at the back post.

Surely Renard has to stay up front now!

21:41 , Matt Verri

85 mins: Cross into the box, Mateo controls nicely and fires a right-footed effort at goal. Always rising.

Pressure definitely building though and there will be a fair bit of added time. Potentially still ten minutes left of this match.

21:40 , Matt Verri

83 mins: Big chance for France... stand down. Offside flag up anyway.

Fell to Geyoro in the box and she scuffed an effort over the bar, didn’t catch it at all. Wouldn’t have counted though.

21:36 , Matt Verri

79 mins: Bacha continues her shoot on sight policy and it almost works!

Drops for her 20 yards out, first-time effort is sliced at goal with the left foot. Almost cuts back into the far corner, just wide.

21:34 , Matt Verri

78 mins: VAR check for offside but the goal stands. France have 12 minutes plus stoppage time to find an equaliser.

Popp now level with Beth Mead, six goals in the tournament.

GOAL! Germany 2-1 France | Alexandra Popp 76'

21:32 , Matt Verri

Half the German side marking Renard, frees up Mbock at the back post. Headed wide.

Germany bring it forward. Huth shot blocked, and a couple more efforts are kept out! Heroic defending.

BUT IT’S IN NOW! POPP AGAIN! She’s headed Germany in front with 15 minutes to go.

21:30 , Matt Verri

74 mins: After that spell of French pressure, it’s gone back to being cagey again.

Bacha beats Gwinn there, would have been driving into space but gets dragged down. Free-kick and yellow card.

Renard strolls forward again.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

21:29 , Matt Verri

There was lots of talks in the build-up to this about the extra 48 hours rest Germany have had but it’s France who have looked the stronger side in this second half.

Suspect they still won’t be keen on going to extra-time again though...

Impossible to mark!

21:27 , Matt Verri

21:26 , Matt Verri

69 mins: Wonderful from Mbock. Lovely move from Germany, low cross into the box and the French centre-back throws herself at it to clear the danger.

Germany had good numbers in the box there too.

21:24 , Matt Verri

67 mins: Loose ball at the back from Germany and France really should take advantage.

Diani pounces on it, goes by herself and shoots from an impossible angle. Earns a corner, but should have looked to cut it back into the box.

All eyes on Renard from the corner... headed back across goal by the centre-back but comes to nothing.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

21:21 , Matt Verri

She’s just an absolute cheat-code at set-pieces, is Wendie Renard. A brilliant save from Frohms after some body-on-the-line stuff in front of her a few moments earlier. France having a good spell here.

21:20 , Matt Verri

64 mins: GREAT SAVE!

Corner swung in deep, Renard wins the header and Frohms does really well to keep it out at close range.

21:19 , Matt Verri

63 mins: France enjoying more and more success. Diani far too quick, gets towards the byline and cuts the ball back.

Bacha gathers it and hammers an effort at goal, headed behind by Hendrich. Great defending.

21:17 , Matt Verri

61 mins: Mateo on for France, replacing Cascarino.

Impossible to predict what happens in the next 30 minutes. Nothing in this match at all.

21:15 , Matt Verri

58 mins: Loads of space for France all of a sudden, Bacha goes for goal from miles out. Blocked. Could maybe have continued driving forward.

Better spell for France, as the game opens up a bit. Lots of niggly fouls still.

21:13 , Matt Verri

56 mins: Yellow card for Bacha, just about caught Oberdorf with an arm as she tried to hold her off. German midfielder has gone down looking in a huge amount of pain - it wasn’t that bad.

Back up and fine to continue.

21:10 , Matt Verri

53 mins: A couple of times Popp has tried to flick a pass round the corner to a German shirt making the run in behind. So many France shirts back though, no room for it.

Cross put back in, Peyraud-Magnin out to claim.

How France equalised before the break...

21:08 , Matt Verri

21:06 , Matt Verri

49 mins: About 50 appeals from each side for a free-kick since the restart. Referee hasn’t blown for a single one.

Scrappy again so far, neither side giving an inch. Better from Germany, Huth played in behind... she almost had too much time. Took her eye off the ball and ran straight out of play after a dreadful touch.

21:03 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Early corner for Germany after the break.

Not particularly convincing defending, comes out to Huth who lashes a shot just wide.

Back underway!

21:01 , Matt Verri

Up and running again for the second-half.

On a roll!

20:57 , Matt Verri

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:53 , Matt Verri

The half comes alive right at the end. Germany deservedly edged in front but France suddenly flicked up a gear, Cascarino and Diani switched wings and created a chance apiece.

The second ended up in the net and for the first time in the tournament Germany have been breached. All set up very nicely.

HT: Germany 1-1 France

20:47 , Matt Verri

And that’s the final action of the half.

Chaotic finish to the opening 45 minutes - it’s level at the break! France were second best but they’ve got themselves back on terms.

GOAL! Germany 1-1 France | Merle Frohms (OG) 45'

20:46 , Matt Verri

FRANCE ARE LEVEL!

Out of nothing. Ball flicked forward, Diani picks it up on the edge of the box and hammers an effort at goal. Bounces off the post, back off the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

20:43 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Poor from France so far on the whole, now they’ve got to find a way to break down the German defence.

They commit bodies forward and Germany can break, cross into the box and Renard is there to head away.

GOAL! Germany 1-0 France | Alexandra Popp 40'

20:41 , Matt Verri

BRILLIANT FINISH!

This game badly need a goal and it’s got one!

Germany come forward down their right, cross swung into the box and Popp is there, making the run across the defender and volleys it home superbly.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:38 , Matt Verri

35 minutes into the game and we’ve got a Mexican wave going around the ground.

I reckon the crowd might want to conserve a bit of energy - I’ve got a feeling we could be in for a long night here.

20:38 , Matt Verri

36 mins: Magull with space to drive into, that is until Renard strolls across and just shrugs her off the ball. Brutal. Poor Magull went flying to ground.

France struggling to get any sort of possession at the moment though, German press causing them real problems.

20:34 , Matt Verri

33 mins: Free-kick clipped into the German box, Popp and Renard wrestling each other as the French centre-back tries to get on the end of the cross.

Can’t make contact as she flicks out a leg, Popp just about does her job.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:32 , Matt Verri

Delphine Cascarino has been absolutely magnificent for France so far, as has Wendie Renard in reading those German balls in behind.

If looks could kill the one she’s just given Lina Magull after that dive would be doing hard time.

20:31 , Matt Verri

29 mins: France struggling to get going in attack, those positive moments through Diani earlier in the match have become increasingly rare.

Then a very suspect drop to the ground from Magull, under a challenge from Renard. Germany half appeal for a penalty but never getting that.

20:27 , Matt Verri

26 mins: Bit further out, Rauch steps up this time. Hammered over the bar.

Germany’s success is coming from set-pieces, neither side able to create much from open play. Well, anything really.

20:26 , Matt Verri

25 mins: Great move from Germany, out to Huth on the left. Cross isn’t the best but it earns a corner.

Hegering gets on the end of it at the back post, shot fired at goal. Blocked. Germany bring it forward again, Gwinn fouled just outside the box. France’s ill-discipline is costing them.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:24 , Matt Verri

Cracking effort from Popp, who was almost sideways on to the ball as she hit it.

Great save from Peyraud-Magnin to tip it round the post, though worth pointing out she’s looked a little suspect under the high ball so far.

20:22 , Matt Verri

21 mins: Toletti earns the first yellow card of the match, shoves Brand to the ground just outside the box. Not sure what she’s complaining about there.

Even better this for Germany, just over 20 yards out and a great angle for a left-footer.

It’s Popp... great save! Went to the goalkeeper’s side and it’s tipped behind for a corner.

20:20 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Huth dragged down and she wins a free-kick in a great position for Germany.

Great position it may be, poor ball. Not sure if it was a shot or a cross, but either way it’s straight at the goalkeeper.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:17 , Matt Verri

A couple of times now France have threatened to get in behind Germany down the right and Kadidiatou Diani has got into dangerous positions, only to be let down by the final ball.

20:16 , Matt Verri

15 mins: Diani and Malard combine nicely, but again the cross isn’t good enough. Germany quickly get bodies back and win the ball, chance goes for France.

Germany bring it forward, ball played over the top. Peyraud-Magnin rushes off her line and clears everything out - including Magull.

20:14 , Matt Verri

12 mins: Germany win a corner, good work out on the left by Dabritz. Half of Europe seemingly standing at the near post.

Over all of those, Peyraud-Magnin off her line to palm it away.

20:12 , Matt Verri

10 mins: Malard leads the latest France counter, breaks down again though. Both sides struggling to find the necessary final ball so far, messy start.

Nobody getting much time on the ball. At all.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

20:10 , Matt Verri

I should’ve brought my binoculars with me. The press box here is in line with the edge of the France penalty area and when they’re on the attack up the other end your guess is as good as mine as to what’s going on.

20:08 , Matt Verri

7 mins: End-to-end all of a sudden, Germany with space in behind and Magull should do better. Cuts inside, takes too long to do anything and loses the ball.

France break, Diani does so well to hold it up and bundle through a couple of challenges. Eventually crowded out of it.

20:06 , Matt Verri

4 mins: Clever pass inside Rauch and the German full-back has to put it behind for a corner.

Floated in, headed out to Cascarino who goes for goal from the edge of the box. Well blocked. Renard flicks it on but Germany clear properly at the second time of asking.

20:03 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Free-kick Germany, whipped into the box from a deep position. Renard there as you’d expect to head it away.

France yet to have a real touch of the ball, happy to sit back and let Germany have possession in defence.

KICK-OFF!

20:01 , Matt Verri

We are underway in the second Euro 2022 semi-final!

Germany or France to face England at Wembley on Sunday? Time to find out.

Malik Ouzia at Stadium MK

19:59 , Matt Verri

Stirring renditions of a couple of corking anthems. From the numbers of flags around the ground, I’d say there’s a bit more German support than French in here.

Plenty of empty seats, as to be expected with the rail strikes, but still looks a strong turnout.

19:55 , Matt Verri

Players are out onto the pitch.

If the match was decided on flags waved in the stands, it’s Germany through to the final. Pretty sure that’s now how it will be settled though.

19:51 , Matt Verri

Ten minutes to go until kick-off at Stadium MK.

Germany regulars on the big European stage, France in their first ever semi-final appearance.

Real contrast in history but there’s very little to separate these two teams.

Warm-ups done!

19:45 , Matt Verri

Preparations pretty much complete now for both teams. One final team talk inside the dressing rooms and we’ll be ready to get underway.

Both sides more than capable of racking up the goals - potential to be a thrilling semi-final!

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(REUTERS)

Quick out the blocks

19:37 , Matt Verri

France have had no trouble creating chances all tournament.

If they’re going to improve on the fastest goal they’ve scored, then we’re in for quite the start!

Atmosphere building!

19:31 , Matt Verri

How they got here...

19:23 , Matt Verri

It’s been a smooth run to the semi-finals for Germany. Four matches, four wins, 11 goals scored, none conceded. After a perfect group-stage record, they overcame some slightly nervy moments to beat Austria 2-0 in the quarter-finals.

Less comfortable for France, who began the tournament with an emphatic 5-1 win over Italy to lay down a marker. Since then though there’s been a narrow win over Belgium, a draw with Iceland and they then needed extra-time to edge past the Netherlands.

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Heat wave?

19:16 , Matt Verri

We’ve had heat waves and record temperatures throughout this tournament so far.

Not so tonight. Germany and France will be putting up with something a bit more traditional in terms of British weather over the next few hours.

Players have arrived!

19:07 , Matt Verri

18:58 , Matt Verri

Germany with one change as expected - Klara Buhl misses out after her positive Covid test and Jule Brand is into the side to replace her.

France opt for an unchanged side after their extra-time victory over Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

France lineup

18:47 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Peyraud Magnin, Prisset, Mbock Bathy, Renard, Karchaoui, Bilbault, Geyoro, Toletti, Diani, Malard, Cascarino.

Germany lineup

18:45 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Frohms; Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegering, Rauch; Oberdorf, Magull, Däbritz; Huth, Popp, Brand.

France looking to make history

18:42 , Matt Verri

France boss Corinne Diacre has urged her side to “build history” as they look to reach the country’s first major women’s tournament final, writes Malik Ouzia.

Diacre’s side face eight-time European champions Germany in Milton Keynes in the second semi-final of Euro 2022, with the winners heading to Wembley to face hosts England on Sunday.

France have never even played in a semi-final at the European Championship, having been knocked out in the last-eight at each of the past three tournaments.

“We have reached a milestone but it’s not at the end,” Diacre said. “We really want to play this final and our ambition was to play on 31 July. Now we still have an important game to tackle.

“We want to build history. The players and staff want to write our story now and we still have a little way to go.”

Read the full story!

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Stadium MK hosting!

18:28 , Matt Verri

England waiting in the final...

18:21 , Matt Verri

Unlikely to be anyone in this category but for those who are unsure about what happened in the first semi-final... England won!

Not for the first time at Euro 2022, England fans left a match singing “Football’s coming home”.

That dream is now just one win from becoming a reality and, on the evidence of last night, England should not fear facing either Germany or France in Sunday’s final at Wembley.

This was an emphatic win, delivered by the Lionesses when the pressure was at its highest, as they banished three straight semi-final defeats at major tournaments.

A world-class finish from Beth Mead set England on their way, before a header from Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo’s incredible back-heel and a long-range lob from Fran Kirby sealed a spot at a sold-out Wembley in style.

Here’s how England booked their place in the final!

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Germany doing it for Buhl

18:11 , Matt Verri

Lena Oberdorf says the absence of star winger Klara Buhl through Covid-19 will give Germany “extra motivation” to reach the final of Euro 2022 this evening.

Eight-time winners Germany take on France in Milton Keynes for the right to play England in Sunday’s sell-out final at Wembley.

Germany will be without Buhl, who was player of the match in their quarter-final victory over Austria, and it is the second time they have been hit by Covid during the tournament, with Bayern Munich forward Lea Schuller missing the crucial group stage clash with Spain after testing positive.

“It’s definitely extra motivation,” midfielder Oberdorf said. “Klara’s performances have been outstanding so it is a loss but we can compensate for it as a team.”

Read the full story!

Prediction

17:59 , Matt Verri

Little has looked like stopping the Germans in their march to the final but France’s quality will make this a tight, and potentially long, semi-final showdown.

With so much on the line, there’s likely to be very little to separate the two sides.

A 1-0 Germany win.

Team news

17:47 , Matt Verri

Germany forward Klara Buhl will miss the clash after testing positive for Covid-19, though the rest of the squad are negative.

“She is currently symptom-free and was immediately isolated. Further tests of the entire team and staff were negative,” Germany said of Buhl on Twitter.

France have no such concerns and may well opt to name an unchanged side.

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How to watch Germany vs France

17:39 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 7.30pm.

Live stream: The match will also be broadcast live via the BBC Sport website and iPlayer app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog, with Malik Ouzia in attendance providing expert analysis.

Good evening!

17:29 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Germany vs France!

It’s the second Euro 2022 semi-final, with the winning moving on to Wembley this weekend where they will face England.

We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm BST from Stadium MK.

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