DFB women move into the EM final against England
The national players stormed overjoyed at their goalkeeper, national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg hid her winner’s laugh briefly behind both hands. Off to Wembley – the German soccer players around Alexandra Popp are playing for the European Championship title! The captain scored her fifth and sixth goal in the fifth tournament game in the 2-1 (1-1) semi-final against France on Wednesday evening in Milton Keynes. While still on the pitch, Voss-Tecklenburg gathered their finalists to get in the mood for the big final in London’s legendary stadium on Sunday (6 p.m. CEST/ARD and Dazn) against hosts England .
“To be honest, I can’t even put it into words. We played an amazing game again, said Popp on ZDF. “We are so unbelievably happy, no one was counting on us, and we’re facing 90,000 in the final against England – honestly, there’s nothing better.” The team, “honestly, they’re awesome,” said Popp after being named the player of the match. With such “anticipation, such a desire for a final – there is nothing better”.
In the ZDF interview, the national coach spoke of great “pride” in her players. “It’s so deserved, we worked so hard for it. We’ve become such a bunch here that supports each other everywhere. I think we deservedly won this game.” There is now “singing and dancing” in the dressing room.
In front of 27,445 spectators, Germany conceded their first goal of the tournament – of all things due to an unfortunate own goal by keeper Merle Frohms (44th) after Popp’s lead (40th), but then again in the second half with a header (76th). caused exuberant cheers from the German team. “The tears of joy came as soon as the final whistle sounded, it’s just an unbelievable feeling,” said Frohms. The goal was “so irrelevant”.
In Wembley Stadium, which was already sold out with almost 90,000 fans, a magnificent backdrop awaits the two-time world champion. The Lionesses dream of their first international title, the German women of their ninth European Championship triumph.
Voss-Tecklenburg included a video message from Jürgen Klopp in the match briefing – and provided additional motivation. “Now you know I like a certain kind of football,” Liverpool’s star coach said. “And accordingly you can imagine that I love your football.”
After Klara Bühl was out, Jule Brand stormed as expected. The 19-year-old future Wolfsburg player came to her first European Championship appearance right from the start. “My team will (…) make the stadium celebrate and inspire you with great football!” Bayern attacker Bühl said after her positive corona test.
The German selection, however, was cautious at first against the French, who were basically offensively oriented. Sara Däbritz, who is moving from Paris Saint-Germain to Olympique Lyon this summer, saw many familiar faces around her in midfield and was increasingly successful in building up play with Lina Magull.
A free kick won by Brand then brought the first chance: goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin just managed to deflect Popp’s ball around the post (22′). Before the eyes of Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser and DFB President Bernd Neuendorf and Director Oliver Bierhoff, German women increasingly took the initiative.
Popp used a Huth cross from close range to make it 1-0. The equalizer then came as a surprise: Kadidiatou Diani hit the inside of the post and the ball bounced off the back of goalkeeper Frohms into the net.
With the tailwind of the equalizer, France started the second half boldly again. However, the DFB selection continued to hold up well – and kept looking for the way forward. Popp then created the best atmosphere among the German fans. The hit after a powerful header was briefly checked by the video assistants, but remained valid. The final phase became a thriller for the DFB selection. Linda Dallmann missed the big chance to make it 3-1 (89th) shortly before the end.