London. — England have won a UEFA European Women’s Championship for the first time ever after beating eight-time winners Germany in front of a record-breaking crowd yesterday.
Chloe Kelly scored an extra-time winner for the Lionesses to seal a famous 2-1 victory after Ella Toone’s second-half wonder goal had been canceled out by Lina Magull.
Germany had only conceded once in their first five games in the tournament and that was a freak own goal against France.
So England knew that it might take something special to score at Wembley. Step forward Manchester United star Toone.
With 62 minutes on the clock, Toone timed her run to perfection and latched onto a long-range Keira Walsh through pass.
The run was good. The finish was out of this world.
After a deft first touch got the ball under control, Toone lifted a perfect lob over Germany keeper Merle Frohms with her second touch.
Germany had been in eight previous Euros finals and won them all. But now England were just half an hour from ending that perfect record.
It was never going to be easy though and Germany hit back in the 79th minute.
Bayern Munich midfielder Magull finished clinically from a Tabea Wassmuth cross at the end of a sweeping team move.
Magull’s equalizer forced extra time, which was a tense affair.
Two teams that had played free-flowing soccer and scored 33 goals between them en route to the final become tight.
The winning goal was far from the prettiest goal of the tournament but Kelly did well to shield the ball with her body before poking home inside a busy six-yard box.
Kelly’s joy was unconfined and she was shown a yellow card for removing her shirt in celebration.
UEFA Attendance Record Broken
The official attendance at Wembley Stadium was 87,192.
That figure set a new record for the biggest ever crowd at a UEFA-organized international tournament.