UEFA Women: England Defeats Germany
Yesterday was the UEFA Women’s Euro Final at Wembley Stadium in London, with England and Germany going head-to-head. It was the biggest crowd at any UEFA Euro final, men’s or women’s, with 87,192 attendees. England was looking to win their first Euro final and Germany its ninth. Germany seemed to be the best contender, being they had won eight of the first 12 editions. However, England were the favorite as they were playing at home and were determined to avenge their 2009 loss to Germany, a 6-2 final.
England, in the 2nd extra time period, were able to defeat Germany in a 2-1 final. When halftime came around, neither team had scored but they were equally putting up great efforts. Both had chances to score a goal but never quite met the mark. At the start of the second half, England’s Beth Mead was injured, but losing a player may have been the push the team needed to start playing more aggressively. While Mead was just walking off the field, fellow teammate, Ella Toone, scored the first goal of the final. Germany’s midfielder, Lina Magull, was able to give them their one and only goal for the final. In the second extra time period, with quite a scramble at the goalmouth, Chloe Kelly, was able to score, making England 1st-time champions.
Beth Mead: Player of the Tournament
Forward, Beth Mead, won the Player of the Tournament award. Although she did not score in yesterday’s game, throughout the tournament she scored 6 goals and had 5 assists. In an interview with The Guardian, Mead stated, “Football’s my safe space, a place to escape sometimes.”
England’s Head Coach Sarina Wiegman
England’s head coach Sarina Wiegman is known to have developed a new method that holds players to a high degree by allowing their teammates to provide constructive criticism. This is Wiegman’s second win for herself as she successfully claimed her first title back in 2017 as head coach of the Netherlands.
Congrats on the big win for England who just made history for themselves in the!