LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Chloe Kelly of England celebrates with teammates after scoring their side's second goal in extra time during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) NOTE: FAWSL Full-Time uses images provided by the following image agencies via OneFootball: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/)

England win UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 with extra-time victory over Germany

England have won UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Germany in-front of a European Championship record crowd of 87,192 at Wembley.

Ella Toone’s lob fired England ahead just after the hour mark but Lina Magull poked home an equaliser to force extra-time. The two sides couldn’t be split in the first half of additional time but Chloe Kelly scrambled the ball home from a corner kick in the second period as the Lionesses became champions of Europe.

England started brightly and Ellen White tested Merle Frohms with an early header before Lucy Bronze’s wicked delivery kept the German keeper on her toes.

At the other end, Sara Däbritz’s goal-bound shot was bravely blocked by the head of Bronze before the same player soon fired an effort narrowly wide. Germany should have scored midway through the half when a corner kick caused chaos in the England box but Marina Hegering’s effort came back off the post before being scrambled to safety by a combination of players on the line.

England had a big chance of their own six minutes before the break but White fired over when connecting with the ball from a Beth Mead cut-back.

It was Germany who started the second half the better of the two sides and they were presented with a couple of big chances in the opening five minutes. First, half-time substitute Tabea Wassmuth found herself clear on goal but could only scuff her shot at England keeper Mary Earps before Magull fired wide from 12 yards.

England broke the deadlock just after the hour mark with Beth Mead off the pitch injured. Keira Walsh’s looped ball over the top found Toone who raced towards goal before chipping her shot over Frohms and into the far corner.

Germany had a great chance to level almost immediately. Some loose England defending allowed Magull the chance to shoot, her shot struck the bar before Lea Schüller made a hash of the rebound.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side did grab an equaliser 11 minutes from time when Wassmuth’s low cross from the right was poked home by Magull.

The game went into extra-time and there was nothing to separate the two sides in the first period. Chances were very much at a premium as the 15-minute period was littered with crunching challenges.

The match-winning moment came five minutes into the second half. A corner from the right wasn’t cleared by the German defence and Kelly poked the ball home at the second attempt to send the Wembley crowd wild.

Alessia Russo saw a late effort tipped over the bar by Frohms as England chased a third goal but it didn’t matter as the Lionesses secured their first major crown.

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