Beauty and the Beast – the two goals that turned England into European champions

Beauty and the Beast – the two goals that turned England into European champions

Beauty and the Beast – the two goals that turned England into European champions

Beauty and the Beast – the two goals that turned England into European champions

Beauty and the Beast – the two goals that turned England into European champions – GETTY IMAGES

The first was beauty, a wonderful goal and the best in direct attack with an exquisite finishing touch.

The second was the beast, a scruffy, scruffy toe poke as the ball bounced and bounced around the six-yard area and was finished off with a toe poke.

These are the two goals that beat Germany in extra time, ending a 56-year wait for an English side to win a major trophy and finally bringing football home.

The celebrations of Ella Toone and England continued into the night - GETTY IMAGES

The celebrations of Ella Toone and England continued into the night – GETTY IMAGES

The beauty

England was under the cosh, in fact Germany seemed to be the best, slickest and most threatening team. This was the most troubling time of the game. The Germans felt that the hosts were there for the taking and the fans in the crowd were starting to worry. Everyone with a patriotic persuasion was getting nervous.

This is the context for what happened next and we have to start with Keira Walsh, who was the England quarterback; the deep midfield playmaker during this tournament and a player whom Germany had devoted special attention to silence. Or at least they tried, with the right means or do it.

But on this occasion Walsh has collected the ball possession in a certain space. It was deep in the middle of him, though, and the women in green t-shirts were preparing for a short pass forward. They had canceled those passes since the start of the second half and were ready to do it again.

This time, however, Walsh looked higher than the field. She took the time to do it and she realized that sometimes you have to do the unexpected; you have to take a risk and not, whatever you do, stick to the game plan.

England had tried to go through Germany’s midfield and the opponents were winning that fight. It was the right time to launch long-range weapons. This time the element of surprise was fundamental.

Ella Toone had fled and screamed over the din, one arm raised to signal that she was about to try to gallop into the space behind the German defense of the high line.

It’s a simple move to defend against if you try to do it all the time, but as a sneak attack it was devastating.

Walsh’s pass was sublime, hit with perfect speed, weight, curvature and distance to not only get past the German center defender’s head, but bounce once and most importantly, hold the turf for Toone to run over it and face it. with his step. It was laser-driven perfection. Let’s talk about a millimeter perfection.

Walsh had done his part, but Toone still had a lot to do. His first touch was strong, taking the ball under control and further away from the retreating defender, but quickly closing.

Looking up, Toone had plenty of time to think about what he was going to do. For some players, this is a problem, not an advantage, not England’s substitute.

Toone watched goalkeeper Merie Frohms come far enough from her line for her to try something ambitious.

Under pressure from behind, Toone cut a chip from the edge of the area like an artist signing his name on a masterpiece. The ball seemed to go too high and too fast as it floated over the goalkeeper’s head. The ball also curled, it could go wide as the stadium held its breath, but it dropped and fell, the ball dropped just before the corner of the crossbar and the post in the top corner of the net.

Toone chooses his seat - PA

Toone chooses his seat – PA

Toone has no problem with the fiery Frohms - PA

Toone has no problem with the fiery Frohms – PA

As Frohms looks back in despair, Toone is out celebrating - PA

As Frohms looks back in despair, Toone is out celebrating – PA

The beast

Germany’s equalizer could have easily eliminated the padding from England, but with the prospect of impending penalties, England came up with a bad and patchy goal that owed as much to their fighting spirit as to a skillful set piece routine. .

Lauren Hemp rounded the corner, an inside winger from the right. It was dangerous to curl up in the uncertain corridor just outside the six-yard box. It may have been meant for Lucy Bronze’s head, but even though she failed, she Bronze out of her muscled her marker and managed to catch a thigh in the air and bounce the ball and spin towards the center of the ball. brings.

Chloe Kelly is not renowned as a poacher, but the way she used her body to fend off another defender, letting the ball pass through her body was crucial. This opened up a close range shooting opportunity that scared the Germans.

Germany had their bodies back, in theory to clean up, but when Kelly failed to make a proper connection with the first try, she actually helped the Manchester City player, as all Frohms could do was save with his feet.

The loose ball fell perfectly for Kelly, who stretched out a telescopic leg to send a firmer toe through the gap between goalkeeper and defender (seen in the video below).

There was a split second of confusion after Kelly took off her shirt and revealed a Nike sports bra – a nod to American Brandi Chastain’s iconic winning goal at the 1999 World Cup – as players England briefly thought the referee blew a foul in the thunderous roar of the celebrations.

She didn’t and Kelly ran off into the substitutes’ arms and disappeared under a sea of ​​bodies.

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