The England Lionesses Are Crowned Champions Of The Women's Euro 2022.

Lionesses make history with a win against Germany to win their first ever European Championship.

The England's Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final on Sunday to win their first ever major title in front of a record crowd on home soil.

The game which went down at Wembley had the highest number of spectators (87,192) in any UEFA European Championship final match (male or female).

England forward Ella Toone opened the scoring in the 62nd minute with a beautiful chipped finish, moments after coming on as a substitute. However, that was cancelled out by Germany’s Lina Magull who fired in an equaliser from close range 17 minutes later.

The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes to take it into extra time. The sides could not be separated until 110th minute when England forward Chloe Kelly reacted quickest to a loose ball from a corner and scored the winner against the eight-time European Champions.

Kelly who plays for Man City, waited for confirmation of the goal before taking off her shirt and waving it around her head while being lifted by her teammates in a moment of jubilation.

It comes 56 years after England’s men beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, the only previous major trophy won by a men’s or women’s England senior team.

Sarina Wiegman therefore becomes the first coach to win back-to-back Women’s European Championships with different countries. (2017 with Netherlands, and 2022 with England).

Speaking after the victory, Sarina said: "We are here because there is a fundamental here. During our preparation for the Euros we brought in some players who played in 1971.

"Those women are the trailblazers for the next generation. We should always remember the ones who went before us because they made a path for us. This team makes a path for the next generation.

"Never forget where you come from. We know it will change for the team from this moment but never forget the generation before. There was building and building to develop the competition here.

"I came to a team where there was quality and stability as a foundation. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in these periods."

"Now we won the Euros the expectation will go up again. First we will party. We are really proud.

"The development of this game has gone so fast, so many countries could win this tournament. We have all seen that. It’s not easy to win this tournament and next year that will be too. The top countries develop but so do those just under the top too. It is getting closer and closer especially in Euros.

"But now it is time to party then hopefully some time off."

England midfielder Keira Walsh wins the WEURO2022 Final Player of the Match trophy, while forward Beth Mead was awarded the Player of the Tournament, after winning the Golden Boot award given to the tournament's top scorer.

Arsenal's Mead '27', edged Germany's captain Alexandra Popp '31', in the scoring stakes, despite both players finishing on six goals, but had more assists (five) than the Wolfsburg forward Popp who didn't register any and missed out of Sunday's final due to injury.

Speaking after the final, Beth Mead said following her 11 goals contribution for England at the tournament: 

"I can't believe it. 

"Sometimes football puts you down but bouncing back is the best way. I'm speechless, I can't take it all in. 

"I'm in shock. I've had a good cry with my mum and dad. I am so proud of this team, I love this team and I love this country!"

Germany's 20-year-old midfielder Lena Oberdorf was named the tournament's best young player.

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