After the Netherlands, Sarina Wegmann also leads England to the European Football Championship

Sarina Wegman did. Just like five years ago, the successful coach won the European Championship. As she led the Dutch national team at home to their first-ever award in 2017, the 52-year-old did the same for England on Sunday. In the final at Wembley, the home country beat Germany 2-1 after extra time. Wegmann is the first coach to achieve two consecutive European Championship victories with different countries.

England entered the final with confidence. Under Wegman, there was not a single loss until Sunday. Seventeen out of nineteen duels with the Dutch coach at the helm of the team ended with an English victory. The other two matches were tied. In total, the lionesses 104 goals and four goals conceded. The numbers on the way to the final battle of the European Championship also spoke volumes: five wins, 20 goals and only one goal against her.

He lost the 1984 and 2009 finals

English women’s football has been in the tournament final twice before. It was during the 1984 and 2009 European Championships. However, he lost both finals, against Sweden and Germany respectively. In any case, the country won only one major award. Until about 1966, men wrote history by becoming world champions. Coincidentally, the final was also held at Wembley at the time. West Germany was exactly the opponent 56 years and a day ago.

Wiegman against Germany started with a reliable starting match, which has not yet changed in this tournament. Striker Alicia Russo, who scored four goals as a substitute, had to settle for a place on the bench again. Half of Dutchman Lotten Wubben-Moy was sidelined throughout the match. The defender didn’t make this tournament accurate anyway. Germany was hit hard before kick-off. League top scorer Alexandra Pope, who was accurate in all matches on his way to the final and scored six goals, withdrew due to injury in the warm-up period.

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packed in wembley

Wembley attended a record 87,192 fans. Never before (including men’s tournaments) had a European Championship match attracted so many spectators. Weigman and the crowd jumped for the first time after four minutes, but striker Elaine White’s header was hit by German goalkeeper Merle Froms. In the 19th minute, Lucy Bronze was dangerous and her head on a corner, but Fromhs was on the loose again.

Fifteen minutes later, hands were on deck on the other side of the court. After a good scuffle, the ball ended up in Marie Earps’ hands, to comfort Wegmann. Seven minutes before the end of the first half, White was wearing her boots 1-0, but England’s all-time leading scorer didn’t make the pass.

Substitute Chloe Kelly decides

Immediately after the break, Germany made two serious appearances. Earps at that time showed that thanks to her, too, England conceded only a goal until the final. With substitute Supersub Rosso, England bounced back in the 56th minute. However, it was Toone, who had just come in, who made the difference six minutes later. After a breakaway pass from Keira Walsh, the network found a stealth hit. Wembley exploded and the fans were already cautiously heading towards the title, but 11 minutes before the time there was complete silence as Lena Magul hit the equalizer from close range.

England looked tired in overtime. There were also no real big opportunities, although Germany was also not able to achieve big chances. In the end, the moment Wembley was waiting for came thanks to a corner kick. Substitute Chloe Kelly got the ball fairly fortunately at her feet, clipping it first, but eventually hitting her right point. She celebrated the goal by taking off her shirt and running frantically across the field. Wegmann and his assistant, Arjen Ferenc, went crazy along the line. They also knew: Here history is made.

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