In Focus: Five key talking points from England 2-1 Germany (aet)

Tom Bodell
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Chloe Kelly celebrates her match-winning strike against Germany at Wembley
Chloe Kelly celebrates her match-winning strike against Germany at Wembley

Chloe Kelly's dramatic extra-time winner clinched England's first-ever European Championship, beating Germany 2-1 in front of a record crowd at Wembley.

Supersub Kelly, who had never scored for her country previously, stabbed home a corner at the second attempt after Lucy Bronze had knocked the ball down.

Ella Toone had opened the scoring in the 62nd minute with a brilliant lob — only shortly after coming off the bench herself.

However, with 10 minutes remaining, Lina Magull levelled for Germany with a clever near-post finish to force extra time.

But In front of a record European Championship crowd of 87,192, England triumphed and Sarina Wiegman clinched her second Euros title as a coach, making history in the process. 

Here are five key talking points from Wembley.

Wiegman the history maker

England's Dutch boss Sarina Wiegman has made history
England's Dutch boss Sarina Wiegman has made history

In beating Germany, England boss Wiegman became the first coach to win the European Championships with two different nations — both on home soil.

The Dutchwoman was in charge of the Netherlands in 2017 as they beat Denmark.

Remarkably, Wiegman has still yet to lose since taking over as England boss in September 2021 and has never lost a European Championship match. 

Germany Lina on Magull again

Just as England started to believe they could get the job done in 90 minutes, a familiar face in Magull equalised.

It was a well-taken poacher's goal at the near post, deflating England at a packed-out Wembley.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has scored three times at these Euros and each strike has been Germany's opener.

Germany pulled England's backline out of place with Leah Williamson abandoning Magull to poke home, though ultimately it was in vain.

England lift the European Championship trophy at Wembley after beating Germany 2-1 in extra time
England lift the European Championship trophy at Wembley after beating Germany 2-1 in extra time

England end German curse

Ahead of the final, England had won just two of their 27 meetings with Germany in all competitions.

In fact, the Lionesses had lost more often against Die Nationalelf than any other opponent (D4 L21). 

Meanwhile, Germany had won all four of their meetings with England at the European Championship by an aggregate score of 15-4. 

The most memorable of those wins came in 2009 when the Lionesses exceeded all expectations to reach the final in Finland, only to lose 6-2. 

But England vanquished those memories in spectacular fashion at Wembley to clinch their first European Championship.

Germany get physical

Die Nationalelf made no attempt to hide their approach to this final — taking every opportunity to go in hard on the Lionesses.

Left-back Felicitas Rauch was lucky not to see yellow before she was booked for clattering into Mead.

Another culprit was midfielder Lena Oberdorf who somehow avoided a caution in the first half after several industrial challenges.

England meanwhile were not offered the same leniency — though Georgia Stanway might have seen a second yellow before the break.

Against all that, Kateryna Monzul's decision to book Ellen White for dissent seemed over-zealous.

Super subs strike again

England winger Chloe Kelly picked a good time to score her first international goal
England winger Chloe Kelly picked a good time to score her first international goal

Wiegman's faith in her starting XI made history at these European Championships. No one had ever named the same line-up in six consecutive tournament games.

But as has been the case throughout the last month, it was the Lionesses' back-up brigade who stole the show.

Toone scored the priceless quarter-final equaliser against Spain when England looked in danger of being knocked out — and she repeated the trick here.

Just six minutes after coming on, Toone raced clear of Germany's backline and chipped goalkeeper Merle Frohms to break the deadlock.

However, it was Kelly who struck the decisive blow, turning home from close range after an England corner to make history.

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