England beat Germany to win first-ever Women’s Euros title

Hosts England made history tonight as they defeated Germany 2-1 to win their first-ever Women’s European Championships trophy.

Chloe Kelly scored in the second half of extra-time to give the Lionesses their maiden trophy before a full house of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

It was England’s second-ever final in the competition against the eight-time champions, who had beaten the Lionesses 6-2 in the 2009 final in Finland.

After a goalless first half in which the more accomplished Germans were more in control, England took the lead.

Ella Toone, who was a second-half substitute, fired the hosts ahead in the 62nd minute with a superb strike that sent the crowd into wild jubilation.

Before Toone’s goal, there had been missed opportunities for both sides.

Centre forward Ellen White missed a few chances in the first half for England, while Lucy Bronze saw a goal-bound effort headed off the line.

Germany’s Lina Magull screwed a good chance wide and England defender Leah Williamson had to clear a corner off the line.

The eight-time champions then displayed the resilience associated with all German teams by levelling up the match with 11 times to go.

Magull finished off a flowing move, touching home from the near post after clever movement created an opening to make it a nervy ending to regulation time.

Kelly then created a piece of history in the 20th minute of extra-time when she took advantage of Germany’s failure to properly clear a corner kick.

The result means that for the first time, Germany have lost two games against England in a row. In their 26 match-ups before, England had won only once, according to Opta statistics.

The Lionesses have become only the fifth team to have won the UEFA Women’s European Championship since it began in 1984, after Sweden, Germany, Norway and Netherlands.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has now won the title twice, after leading her native Netherlands to triumph in 2017.

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