Eight-times champions Germany booked their place in Sunday’s Euro 2022 final against England as Alexandra Pope scored twice in a tough 2-1 win over first-time finalists France.
Die Nationalelf’s road to the semi-finals has been flawless – without conceding a single goal – and despite being tested by the brooding French front line, they are unlikely to give up their chance of a record ninth Champions League final.
France manager Corinne Diacre vowed her team would “save” every moment of their semi-final debut, but that sentiment was quickly spoiled when Bob finished off a free move to fire Svenja Huth’s cross. range (40).
The captain’s strike was number 90 in the tournament, while he represented Germany number 100 in the European Championships – an all-time high.
France responded to the first-half strike, as Germany was breached for the first time by a ferocious shot from Kadidiato Diani who strangely fired from the post to stranded goalkeeper Merle Froms (45). The recoil was harsh, but the blow was decisively executed by the brightest French attacking threat of the night.
The Germans then took hold of a constant wave of pressure, which saw the efforts of Selma Pasha, Wendy Renard and Diane, all thwarted by Froomes, who kept her team in a draw before being resolved by joint championship scorer Bob.
The same formula that provided the first opening created the second, as Hoth chose the late track for Bob who planted an off-the-shelf head behind Pauline Perrod Magnin (76). A tense wait ensued when the video assistant referee validated the goal, which was cleared soon after.
Prior to this match, Germany had scored in all 23 of their matches in the knockout stage of the European Finals. He achieved this number 24. England will meet at Wembley on Sunday in a repeat of the 2009 final.
Bob makes the difference (again)
It was somewhat history against France this evening, with neither team winning a semi-final match for the first time since West Germany in 1989, and their mountainous task even more difficult when Bob’s ball found the target from Huth’s well-calculated cross in the first half. .
Four countries – Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, and Austria – tried and failed to advance more than the last four on their first attempt, with France now adding a fifth name to that list.
The French, who put on a lively display in the second half, will feel aggrieved that they did not make more of an impact on the result as a string of chances passed. Renard’s header approached at the back post, while Diane was dismissed from Froomes’ brilliance at her near position moments later – a penance for her earlier incident.
Germany’s effectiveness in front of goal ultimately made the difference, as captain Bob, who scored six of her team’s 13 goals (46 per cent) in this summer’s tournament, stepped up to another milestone in front of a strong crowd of 27,445 in Milton. Keynes. .
“I had the feeling that many people had already written off me. I am able to show that I am still a force to be reckoned with,” the 31-year-old said after scoring against Austria in a tight quarter-final. the win. And you can bet, with the lionesses waiting, they’re not over yet.
Bob: You don’t get better than England at Wembley
Germany captain Alexandra Pope:
“I can’t put it into words. We played a great match and threw everything into it. We are incredibly happy; no one expected us. We are in the final at Wembley against England – it couldn’t have been better.
“We have gained our confidence in all the matches. The team is so great; they support me and make me happy after all my struggles. Now is the time to quickly renew.
“He. She [the Golden Boot] Not my priority – my priority is to win the Euro. If I had the chance to crown the title with this achievement, that would be great – but if it doesn’t, I’ll still be happy.”
Voss-Tecklenburg: Pure pride in a well deserved win
Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg:
“I feel very proud of this achievement and of these players from number one to 23,” she said. “We worked hard and became a tight-knit group supporting each other on the field. We totally deserved to win.
“France made a change in the second half with just one shot on target before the break. We knew they could attack more and hurt us. It was a great team effort and that’s what we wanted. It worked out in the end but it was very exciting and very stressful.
“It’s going to be a great football feast, it’s a classic and England have been fantastic in this tournament, every game is full of dynamics, lots of goals, but the first 30 minutes against Sweden showed that you can hurt them.
“We will play at Wembley against 80,000 people, most of whom are probably England, very few for us, but we accept the challenge.
“I am very proud. I am looking forward to this match, it will be a great final.”
Diacre questions The recovery time is shorter
France coach Corinne Diacre
“We saw that some of the French players might not have been up to their normal level of fitness, but we didn’t give up, we didn’t throw in the towel,” she said.
“Maybe if we had another 48 hours [rest] It could have been different. I don’t know what the players would have looked like, but I don’t think we should take that win away from Germany.
“Obviously disappointment is the feeling now that we lost this match, but we have the foundations to build on and we just need a little time.”
France was knocked out in the semi-finals but went further than any previous European Championship appearance, while Germany will play in Sunday’s final at Wembley against England’s Sarina Wegmann.
Wednesday 20 July
Quarter-final 1: England 2-1 Spain (AET)
Thursday July 21
Quarter-final 2: Germany 2-0 Austria
Friday July 22
Quarter-final 3: Sweden 1-0 Belgium
Saturday 23 July
Quarter-final 4: France 1-0 Netherlands (AET)
Tuesday 26 July
Semi-final 1: England 4-0 Sweden
Wednesday 27 July
Semi-final 2: Germany 2-1 France
Sunday July 31
England vs Germany match – 5pm, Wembley match
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