The English yearning for a major title in football has been going on for years. Finally, the five-and-a-half-decade drought was broken by the hand of the girls. England beat Germany, the record champions of the Women’s Euro, to be crowned champions of the continent.
Lina Magul equalized in extra time after Ella Tun put the hosts ahead. Germany, who have reached the finals eight times before in the competition and have won each time, turned around with a ninth hope. But this England team was desperate to cover up the disappointment. That resulted in Chloe Maggie Kelly’s 110th minute goal. The girls of the country won the title by reaching the final for the third time in the competition. Needless to say, this is their first title in the history of women’s football.
England’s men’s or women’s teams had not won a major title since the Geoff Hurst-Bobby Charlton success in the 1966 World Cup until Sunday. Gareth Southgate’s team lost to Italy in a tiebreaker in last year’s men’s Euro final at Wembley. England was thought to be the favorite from the beginning of this year’s Women’s European Championship. True to their name, they excelled throughout the tournament and reached the final by thrashing mighty Sweden 4-0 in the semi-finals.
Ella Toon was substituted in the 56th minute after a scoreless first half in the final, which began in a record crowd of 87,192. This forward of Manchester United brought the desired goal to the team after six minutes of entering the field. Magul stunned the English by scoring a counter-attack in the 79th minute. That, however, could only delay their celebration. The winning goal was finally scored in the 110th minute of the counter-attack.
Kelly was unable to get into trouble in the first period as a teammate’s corner kick flew into the D-box. The German goalkeeper couldn’t even clear, second chance no more wrong; The striker of Manchester City cheered after sending the ball into the net with a tap. For the rest of the time, the entire England started celebrating the victory in Europe.