European Football Championship women
Alex Popp clears the final! DFB team wins in semi-final thriller against France
The German women’s national team is in the final of the European Championship. In an exciting semi-final, it was Alexandra Popp who shot her team to victory. The hosts of the tournament are now waiting in Wembley.
Off to Wembley! The German footballers around Torgarantin Alexandra pop play for the European title. The captain scored her fifth and sixth goal in the fifth tournament game in the 2-1 (1-1) semi-final against France in Milton Keynes. The record European champions Germany will challenge hosts England in London’s legendary stadium on Sunday (6 p.m., ARD and DAZN).
The DFBWomen continued their winning streak with another strong performance. In front of 27,445 spectators, the team of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg conceded the first goal ever in the tournament – of all things through an unfortunate own goal by keeper Merle Frohms (44th) after the lead by Popp (40th), who headed in the second half (76.) but then again caused exuberant cheering from the German team.
90,000 fans are waiting for the EM final in Wembley
Already sold out with almost 90,000 fans Wembley-Stadion 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.
A video message from Jurgen Klopp Voss-Let Tecklenburg flow into the match briefing – and provided additional motivation. “Now you know I like a certain kind of football,” Liverpool’s star coach said. “And so you can imagine that I love your football.”
After the failure of Klara Buehl stormed as expected Jule Brand. 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 initially cautious 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.
Popp nets to make it 1-0
A free kick brought out 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.