The Union of European Football Associations or the UEFA, will have the Women’s EURO 2022 soccer final on Sunday July 31 at 5 p.m. The finals will be held at Wembley Stadium in London where England and Germany will play.
Germany earned their way to the finals after beating France 2-1. Alex Popp scored both goals for Germany, helping her team win. The Germans were without one of their main forwards Klara Bühl because she tested positive for COVID, but that did not stop Germany. The Germany manager, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, stated she was concerned about France because of their ability to get out of pressure situations. The game between the two teams started frenetic which would be expected from two good teams. By the end of the game, Germany had slightly more possession time to secure the win. Germany has won all eight European finals they have played in and is known for dominating the European Championship.
England earned their way to the finals after beating Sweden 4-0. Beth Mead, the competition’s leading scorer, helped put England in the lead in the first half of the game. The four goals for England were scored by Lucy Bronze, Beth Mead, Alessia Russo, and Fran Kirby. England will compete in its third Women’s Euro final and for a chance to win its first.
The final is expected to have a tournament-record crowd of 90,000, and there are a few key players to look out for. Captain Alexandra Popp for Germany has scored in each of their five games and started in all except the opening game. Unfortunately, Popp missed the 2013 and the 2017 European Championship due to injury, but now she has a chance to prove herself. Alessia Russo has started in none but has significantly impacted the game as a substitute, and Ellen White is a key player for England because she thrives in international play.
ESPN and ESPN+ will show the Women’s Euro game in the USA. You can sign up online to stream the game through the network. Even though Germany has more titles than England, I would not count England out–they have shown their talent and skills throughout the competition to get to the finals and the strength to keep on playing. No matter the outcome, the game will be exciting to watch and a monumental win for either country.