England scored an extra-time winner in the European Championships final to beat Germany to finally claim international honours and bring it home.
Manchester City women’s stars played a pivotal part in the game as Keira Walsh and Chloe Kelly were both instrumental for the women in a thrilling and emotional game.
It was Kelly’s goal that secured the 2-1 victory and, also Keira Walsh’s brilliant assist to set up Ella Toone’s spectacular chip to break the deadlock.
In a tense and exhausting extra thirty minutes, a scrappy corner made its way to Kelly to poke past the German keeper and defender to score following a reprieve from an air shot earlier. The City winger pulled away to celebrate wildly after her journey this year as she has battled back from an ACL injury to make the squad.
Walsh was instrumental in the game and our player of the match as her calmness on the ball allowed England to get out of their half after a period of sustained pressure from the Germans in the second half.
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It was that situation which led to the defence-splitting pass by City’s midfielder for Manchester United’s Toone to delightful lift the ball over the German keeper, Merle Frohms.
Bayern Munich midfielder, Lina Magull, finished a swift move to equalize in a period, in which, the Germans were dominating and looking threatening with their attacking ability. The game was swinging one way to the other and the most successful European nation was looking for a clinical edge.
That decisive factor may have swung in England’s favour before the match had began. The tournament’s joint leading scorer, Alexandra Popp, was unable to feature after sustaining a muscular injury in the warm-up.
City’s Walsh, Ellen White and Lauren Hemp all started with Alex Greenwood and Kelly then summoned on from the bench to feature. With City duo Ellie Roebuck and Demi Stokes also on the bench, it was a magnificent day for City’s England contingent.
The victory ends 56 years of hurt and will go down as one of the biggest moments in English sporting history; a win to inspire the next generation and, hopefully, lead to a change in society in England.