Live – England beat Germany after extra time to win Euro 2022 final

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Live – England beat Germany after extra time to win Euro 2022 final
  • FT England 2 Germany 1 (AET)

  • Ella Toone puts England ahead in the 62nd minute.

  • Lina Magull levels for Germany with 11 minutes left to send the final to extra time.

  • Chloe Kelly nets winning goal for England 111th minute.

  • Hosts England crowned European champions for first time.

  • Germany captain Alexandra Popp out of final after suffering injury in warm-up

  • England's Beth Mead finishes as top scorer thanks to her six goals - the same as Popp - and five assists.

  • The final was watched by a European Championship record crowd of 87,192 at Wembley Stadium.

2020 – Celebrations are sure to go on long into the night and well beyond but this is where today’s live blog comes to an end. Congratulations to England on a phenomenal success and good night.

England v Germany
England are the European champions (Nick Potts/PA)

2005 – England captain Leah Williamson described victory as “the proudest moment of my life”.

“I just can’t stop crying,” she said on BBC One.

“Something like this, we talk and we talk and we talk and we finally did it. It’s about doing it on the pitch and I’ll tell you what, the kids are all right.

“It is the proudest moment of my life until the day I have kids I suppose. I am taking everything in, every piece of advice was take every single second in so I can relive it forever. I’ll be reliving that for a long time.”

England v Germany
Leah Williamson led England to victory at Euro 2022 (Danny Lawson/PA)

– England’s win got the royal seal of approval.

1955 – England crowned European champions for first time.

England v Germany
England’s Leah Williamson lifts the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 trophy (Nick Potts/PA)

1953 – England fans around the country celebrated a famous victory.

Fans watch England v Germany – UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – Final
Fans celebrate the final whistle in Aylesbury United WFC (Steve Parsons/PA)
Fans watch England v Germany – UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – Final
England fans toast victory in Trafalgar Square (Aaron Chown/PA)
Fans watch England v Germany – UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – Final
Fans celebrate the final whistle in Trafalgar Square (Aaron Chown/PA)
England v Germany
An England fan holds a “Beth Mead Can I Have Your Shirt” sign in the stands as England celebrate winning the Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium (Jonathan Brady/PA)

1947 – Wiegman ensured she won back-to-back European Championships after her 2017 success with the Netherlands.

She said: “We won the cup. It is unbelievable. It is incredible.

“If you really want to win and become better every single day, that is what I have noticed and it is incredible, they want to do it together.

“We agreed on a couple of things about behaviour and they weren’t just words, we lived it. The game was so tight, there was a little bit of fight in there, but who cares, we won 2-1. We are European champions.

“We broke through barriers against Spain and we had to do it again. I don’t have any secrets. I don’t think I have realised what is going on, I need some time.”

1940 –  Kelly quickly returns though and through a combination of the two interviews she tells the BBC: “Oh my God, look at them, it is amazing, thank you to every single person that supported us. This is unreal…Sweet Caroline!

“It’s amazing, thank you everyone, this is what dreams are made, as a young girl watching women’s football. Wow, this is unbelievable.”

Kelly only returned from a serious knee injury in April but had no doubts about her recovery.

She added: “Thank you for everyone who played a part in my rehab. I always believed I’d be here, but to be here and score the winner, wow. These girls are amazing.

“This is amazing, I just want to celebrate now.”

1937 – The ecstatic England players are celebrating with the fans and match-winner Kelly does not want to miss out – she cuts short a post-match interview to race off and join her team-mates, singing along to ‘Sweet Caroline’ and taking the microphone with her.

England v Germany
England’s players celebrate following victory over Germany (Danny Lawson/PA)


1927 – Chance! Russo almost puts the final to bed with a rising shot that Frohms tips over for a corner.

1921 – GOAL! England take the lead!
  Chloe Kelly stabs the ball home at the second attempt following a corner to put England ahead with less than 10 minutes left in the final. It is Kelly’s first competitive international goal and what a time to get it.

England v Germany
England’s Chloe Kelly (second right) celebrates putting England ahead (Jonathan Brady/PA)

1916 – Germany goalkeeper Frohms coolly decides to side-foot away an England shot from range rather than using her hands. Unusual decision but job done.

1912 – Half-time in extra time! England 1 Germany 1. Germany looked the more dangerous of the two teams during the first period of extra time, where the match became increasingly feisty, but there were no real goalscoring chances for either side. Fifteen minutes for either team to find a winner or the final is going to penalties.

1856 – Back under way at Wembley with no further changes to the respective teams.

1851 – Full time! England 1 Germany 1. The final is going to extra time.
England, with Alex Greenwood and  Jill Scott sent on as late replacements, chased a winner in the closing stages but could not break down the German defence.

1836 – GOAL! Germany equalise! Sydney Lohmann feeds fellow substitute Wasmuth in the area and her low cross is turned into the roof of the England net by the impressive Magull.

1834 – An attendance of 87,192 has been announced at Wembley – a European Championship finals record.

1830 – Germany are pushing hard but are England holding firm as they still lead through Toone’s goal heading into the final 15 minutes.

1822 – Chance! Germany almost draw level straight away as Magull’s blistering drive comes back off the crossbar.

1819 – GOAL! England take the lead! It’s not Russo who makes the breakthrough but fellow replacement Toone. Keira Walsh’s superb 40-yard pass picks out the run of Toone in behind the Germany defence and the 22-year-old’s finish is equally sublime, lifting the ball over the outcoming Frohms.

Ella Toon
England’s Ella Toone (centre) celebrates putting her side ahead (Adam Davy/PA)

1812 –
Wiegman decides she has seen enough and makes a double change, sending on Manchester United duo Ella Toone and Alessia Russo for Kirby and White. Can super-sub Russo work her magic again for the Lionesses?

1805 – Chance!  Germany rampant at the start of the second half and England are relieved to see Lina Magull’s shot from near the penalty spot whistle just wide.

1803 – Chance! Early opportunity for Wasmuth after Millie Bright fails to cut the ball out near the touchline,  but the Germany substitute is denied by Mary Earps.

1800 – Germany kick off the second half having made a substitution at the break, with Jule Brand replacing Tabea Wasmuth.

1745 – Half-time! England and Germany go into the break locked at 0-0 following a first half where clear-cut chances have been at a premium.

1737 – Chance!  White is unable to keep her left-footed shot down after being picked out on the edge of the area by Mead, the striker’s effort climbing just over the crossbar.

1726 – Chance! Germany come close to taking the lead as Marina Hegering tries to bundle home a corner, but a host of England players on the line manage to keep the ball out. There was a VAR check after that incident for a possible handball, but nothing was given.

England v Germany
England survive a goalmouth scramble (Danny Lawson/PA)

1723 – The Lionesses, who have won just two of their previous 27 meetings with Germany, have just picked up two yellow cards in quick succession with Georgia Stanway and White going into the book.

1719 – England are pushing for the opener and Lucy Bronze – having earlier made an important block at the other end – draws another save from Frohms with a header from a corner, although it is comfortable for the Wolfsburg number one.

1704 – Chance! Fran Kirby’s cross to the far post picks out Ellen White but her header is straight at Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms. Good start from the hosts.

Ellen White
Ellen White had the first opportunity of the final (Adam Davy/PA)

1700 – And we are under way in the Euro 2022 final.

1654 – Huge breaking news coming out of Wembley – Germany captain and leading scorer Popp is out of the final!

Germany have announced that the 31-year-old striker suffered a muscle problem in the warm-up and has been replaced by Lea Schuller in the starting line-up.

It is a massive blow for both Germany and Popp, who missed the last two Euros through injury.

1645 – Now just 15 minutes to go until kick-off at Wembley. Both teams will be making their final preparations as the crowd – fast approaching capacity – gears up for showtime.

England v Germany
A record crowd is expected at Wembley (Danny Lawson/PA)

1610 – Wiegman believes the final will be one to enjoy for the fans.

She told BBC One: “It’s going to be a very exciting game. I think it’s going to be really tight with two very, very good teams.

“I think they will play a little more physical and we hope to have the ball a little more and play our possession game, but it’s going to be really close.”

Asked what her final words would be to her players before kick-off, she replied: “I don’t know yet. We know everything. Our plan is really clear. Everyone is really, really prepared and the final words will come in the dressing room.”

1555 – Team news is in!

Unsurprisingly, England manager Wiegman has named an unchanged side for the sixth Euro 2022 match in a row.

Voss-Tecklenburg has also opted against making changes to her starting line-up from her side’s semi-final victory over France.

1543 – Better news for Germany forward Klara Buhl. She was ruled out of the final earlier this week after contracting Covid but she tested negative on Sunday which means the 21-year-old will at least be able to cheer her team-mates on from the stands at Wembley.

1530 – England go into the final having won all five of their matches at Euro 2022, scoring 20 goals and conceding just once.

Germany also boast a 100 per cent record at the finals, while scoring 13 goals and conceding one.

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1520 – More messages of support for England.

1510 – The team coaches have arrived at Wembley Stadium, less than two hours to kick-off now.

1450 – England have never won the Women’s Euros before, with their best performances coming in 1984 and 2009 when they reached the final before losing to Sweden and Germany respectively.

Germany, in stark contrast, have a formidable record in the competition. They have won eight of the 12 editions to have been played, with the next-most successful nation being Norway with two wins.

The good news for England is that in Sarina Wiegman they have a coach who knows what it takes to win the Euros. The Dutchwoman led the Netherlands to victory five years ago on home soil, and her experience could prove invaluable to the Lionesses.

  • 1984: Sweden

  • 1987: Norway

  • 1989: West Germany

  • 1991: Germany

  • 1993: Norway

  • 1995: Germany

  • 1997: Germany

  • 2001: Germany

  • 2005: Germany

  • 2009: Germany

  • 2013: Germany

  • 2017: Netherlands

England head coach Sarina Wiegman will tackle Germany's Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
England head coach Sarina Wiegman (left) will tackle Germany’s Martina Voss-Tecklenburg on Sunday (PA)
UEFA Women’s Euro 2022
This is what England and Germany are hoping to get their hands on later today (Nick Potts/PA)

1420 – The Lionesses have received a “best of luck” message from the Duke of Cambridge while seven-year-old Princess Charlotte said: “I hope you win”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and England men’s team captain Harry Kane are others who have sent their best wishes.

1415 – Support has been pouring in for the players ahead of the final.

1410 – An interesting sub-plot to the final will be the battle to win the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer.

England’s Beth Mead and Germany captain Alexandra Popp are currently both locked on six goals, with England super-sub Alessia Russo the next-best with four goals.

SOCCER Euro 2022 HeadToHead
SOCCER Euro 2022 HeadToHead
England v Germany – UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – Final – Wembley Stadium
England and Germany will be hoping to inspire the next generation of players and fans (Adam Davy/PA)

– With the 88,100-capacity Wembley Stadium sold out for the clash, a number of attendance records are likely to be set today.

The all-time record for a European Championship final – men’s or women’s – was set in 1964 when 79,115 spectators saw Spain take on the Soviet Union at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium, while the previous record attendance for a women’s international in Europe is the 80,203 that watched the 2012 Olympic final between USA and Japan at Wembley.

England face Germany at a sold-out Wembley Stadium later today
England face Germany at a sold-out Wembley Stadium later today (Nigel French/PA)

1400 – Good afternoon and welcome to the PA news agency’s Euro 2022 final blog. Stay here for all the build-up, key match action and post-game reaction as England and Germany clash at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.