Live – Ella Toone gives England the lead against Germany in the Euro 2022 final

Live – Ella Toone gives England the lead against Germany in the Euro 2022 final

  • England 1 Germany 0

  • Substitute Ella Toone gave England the lead in the 62nd minute.

  • Germany’s captain Alexandra Popp retired from the final after an injury during warm-up

  • Hosts England are looking to win the tournament for the first time

  • Germany has been European champion eight times, including six of the last seven editions

  • Popp and England’s Beth Mead lead the Golden Boot race with six goals, with Alessia Russo (Eng) four

  • Wembley Stadium is sold out for the final.

1830 – Germany are pushing but England remain steadfast as they still lead through Toone’s goal in the final 15 minutes.

1822 – Opportunity! Germany equalized almost immediately when Magull’s scorching shot returned off the bar.

1819 – GOAL! England take the lead! It’s not Russo who makes the breakthrough, but his back-up colleague Toone. Keira Walsh’s superb 40-yard pass shows Toone’s run behind the German defense and the 22-year-old’s finish is equally great as he lifts the ball over the oncoming Frohms.

Ella Toon

England’s Ella Toone (centre) celebrates as she puts her team ahead (Adam Davy/PA)

1812 –
Wiegman decides she’s seen enough and makes a double substitution, sending Manchester United duo Ella Toone and Alessia Russo for Kirby and White. Can super-sub Russo do magic for the lionesses again?

1805 – Opportunity! Germany are strong early in the second half and England are relieved when Lina Magull’s shot from near the penalty spot just misses the target.

1803 – Opportunity! Early opportunity for Wasmuth after Millie Bright fails to cut the ball out near the touchline but the German substitute is denied by Mary Earps.

1800 – Germany started the second half after a break substitution: Jule Brand replaced Tabea Wasmuth.

1745 – Halftime! England and Germany go into the break 0-0 after a first half in which clear chances were the order of the day.

1737 – Opportunity! White is unable to save her left-footed shot after being singled out by Mead on the edge of the field, the striker’s attempt climbing just over the bar.

1726 – Opportunity! Germany are close to taking the lead as Marina Hegering tries to bring home a corner but a multitude of English players on the line manage to keep the ball out. There was a VAR review for a possible handball following this incident but nothing was given.

England versus Germany

England survive a Goalmouth Scramble (Danny Lawson/PA)

1723 – The Lionesses, who have won just two of their last 27 encounters with Germany, have just received back-to-back yellow cards, with Georgia Stanway and White in the book.

1719 – England are pushing for the opening goal and Lucy Bronze – who had earlier made an important block at the other end – parries Frohms again with a header from a corner, although it’s comfortable for the Wolfsburg no.

1704 – Opportunity! Fran Kirby’s cross at the far post finds Ellen White, but her header goes straight to Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms. Good start from the hosts.

Ellen White

Ellen White had the first chance of the final (Adam Davy/PA)

1700 – And we are on our way to the Euro 2022 final.

1654 – Breaking news from Wembley – Germany’s captain and top scorer Popp is out of the final!

Germany have announced that the 31-year-old striker suffered a muscle problem during the warm-up and was replaced by Lea Schuller in the starting XI.

It’s a heavy blow for both Germany and Popp, who missed the last two euros through injury.

1645 – Now there are only 15 minutes until kick-off at Wembley Stadium. Both teams will make their final preparations as audiences – fast approaching capacity – prepare for show time.

England versus Germany

A record crowd is expected at Wembley (Danny Lawson/PA)

1610 – Wiegman believes the finale will be a treat for fans.

She told BBC One: “It’s going to be a very exciting game. I think it will be very close with two very, very good teams.

“I think they’re going to play a little more physically and we’re hoping to have the ball a little bit more and play our possession game, but it’s going to be very close.”

When asked what her final words to her players would be before kick-off, she replied: “I don’t know yet. we know everything Our plan is really clear. Everyone is really, really prepared and the last words are in the dressing room.”

1555 – Team news is here!

Unsurprisingly, England manager Wiegman has called up an unchanged side for the sixth straight Euro 2022 game.

Voss-Tecklenburg also made no changes to the starting line-up after their team’s semi-final win over France.

1543 – Better news for Germany striker Klara Buhl. She was ruled out of the final earlier this week after signing Covid, but she tested negative on Sunday, meaning the 21-year-old can at least cheer for her team-mates from the stands at Wembley.

1530 – England go into the final after winning all five games at Euro 2022, scoring 20 goals and conceding just once.

Germany also have a 100 per cent record at the finals, scoring 13 goals and conceding one.

SOCCER Euro 2022 Germany

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1520 – More messages of support for England.

1510 – The team coaches have arrived at Wembley Stadium, less than two hours before kick-off.

1450 – England have never won the Women’s Euros before, with their best performances coming in 1984 and 2009 when they reached the final before losing to Sweden and Germany respectively.

In stark contrast, Germany has an impressive competitive record. They have won eight of the 12 editions played, with the second most successful nation being Norway with two wins.

The good news for England is that in Sarina Wiegman they have a manager who knows what it takes to win the Euros. The Dutchwoman led the Netherlands to victory on home soil five years ago and her experience could prove invaluable to the Lionesses.

  • 1984: Sweden

  • 1987: Norway

  • 1989: West Germany

  • 1991: Germany

  • 1993: Norway

  • 1995: Germany

  • 1997: Germany

  • 2001: Germany

  • 2005: Germany

  • 2009: Germany

  • 2013: Germany

  • 2017: Netherlands

England's head coach Sarina Wiegman meets Germany's Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

England head coach Sarina Wiegman (left) is set to take on Germany’s Martina Voss-Tecklenburg on Sunday (PA)

UEFA Women's EURO 2022

That’s what England and Germany hope to get their hands on later today (Nick Potts/PA)

1420 – The lionesses received a ‘good luck’ message from the Duke of Cambridge, while seven-year-old Princess Charlotte said: ‘I hope you win’. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and England men’s team captain Harry Kane are others who have sent their best wishes.

1415 – Support for the players poured out ahead of the final.

1410 – An interesting subplot of the final will be the fight for the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer.

England’s Beth Mead and Germany captain Alexandra Popp have both scored six goals at the moment, with England super-sub Alessia Russo being second-best with four goals.

SOCCER Euro 2022 HeadToHead

SOCCER Euro 2022 HeadToHead

England v Germany - UEFA Women's EURO 2022 - Final - Wembley Stadium

England and Germany hope to inspire the next generation of players and fans (Adam Davy/PA)

– With Wembley Stadium sold out for the clash with a capacity of 88,100, a number of attendance records are likely to be set today.

The all-time record for a European Championship final – whether for men or women – was set in 1964 when 79,115 spectators at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu watched Spain play the Soviet Union, while the previous record for a women’s international in Europe was 80,203 lag saw the 2012 Olympic final between the US and Japan at Wembley.

England meets Germany today at the sold-out Wembley Stadium

England meets Germany today at a packed Wembley Stadium (Nigel French/PA)

1400 – Hello and welcome to the PA news agency’s Euro 2022 final blog. Stay here to follow the full set-up, key game action and post-match reactions as England and Germany meet at a packed Wembley Stadium.

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