Bob double leads Germany to victory over France and form the Wembley final with England | Women’s Euro 2022

England vs Germany in the European Championship final at Wembley sold out. Liked, hated, it’s the tie that unparalleled the attention of the host nation, in any sport, and in any arena.

Despite the occasional scintillating display from France, who came from behind for the first time in the European Championship, two goals from Alex Pope earned Germany a victory in the semi-finals. To put England against the eight-time champion Sunday evening and confirming a narrative that felt inevitable from the moment England and Germany topped their group undefeated.

The Germans were without their influential striker Clara Paul, who tested positive for Covid in preparation for the semi-finals, but a patient performance from a seemingly impeccable Germany deprived France of a taste of victory in the team’s first Euro semi-final match.

Germany coach Martina Voss Tecklenburg promised to watch football and warned of the threat posed by France and the team’s players’ ability to “find good solutions to get out of the pressure”. She added that it was “really good”, as if to dampen the expectations of German fans and the German media. In preparation for the semi-finals, the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published the headline “Eight-Nothing” referring to eight European titles for Germany versus none for France.

“They’re focused on their transition play because they have a lot of speed in their squad and they direct a lot of attacks on the flanks,” Voss-Tecklenburg said.

“I had already said before the tournament that France, if they could live up to their potential, would be among the favorites to win this tournament.”

This was the narrative of many before the tournament began in England. France manager Corinne Diacre, who combined her first international match in 1993 when her counterpart Vos-Tecklenburg won two European titles and will bring together two more in the next four years, has proven divisive.

The decision to leave out Lyon duo Eugenie Le Sommer and Champions League final target Amandine Henry would remove the shine from the challenge and speak to the discord in the pool of players available to the national team. However, come to the championship, the story was completely different. A quick and surprising selection of Italy’s squad in the opening match of Group D suggests that many may have been writing off France too soon.

A dominant but wasted performance against the Netherlands forced them to spend extra time in the quarter-finals as new Chelsea signed Yves Perrest’s penalty was the difference. This would add an extra 30 minutes to the two extra days of rest the Germans would have had before the semi-finals.

At the raucous MK stadium, this was a chess match between the fluid French and the brave Germans, who were distinguished in style by Lina Magull and Svenja Huth. It took Germany six minutes to open their first game clearly as Magul set off in the offside trap, but influential Lyon centre-back Wendy Renard made an excellent recovery to force her back and touch too much.

Alexandra Pope put the strong finish of the first half Germany ahead 1-0
Bob’s strong finish in the first half puts Germany 1-0 ahead. Photo: Tolga Akmen/EPA

It was a frantic start to the semi-finals that promised just as much and did not separate the two sides. Pauline Perrod Magnin did a good job pushing a free kick to Bob around the post mid-half but couldn’t do anything to stop a shot that went past her after 40 minutes of play – Huth’s cross turned hard off Bob’s foot. For her fifth goal in her first Euro despite more than 100 caps.

Renard, who had been stripped by Diacre of the captaincy, but had regained the captaincy, immediately rounded up her teammates. This was the first time that France had fallen behind. The response was immediate. Sandy Toletti found Cadidato Diani, whose shot at the near post flew past the goal and entered Merle Frooms and entered – her first goal conceded at the Euros.

Germany took the lead in the second half in terms of possession, but the threat of France was always latent and in the 63rd minute the Blues came close twice. First, Diane overpowered his mark on the left and reduced to Salma Pasha who forced, in an acre of space, a clever stop from Froomes, then Renard sent a powerful header into the net from the resulting corner but Froomes parried it on the goal line. France has yet to score in the second half of the Euros – their victory over the Netherlands came in the first half of extra time. After that, their extravagance would not be very costly, but on the court they risked punishment.

After wasting another handful of chances, Germany hit, with Bob heading to tie their level by six with England’s Beth Mead, and a step closer to their ninth Champions League final.

France pressed for the equalizer again, as Pasha sent a long-range shot wide of the goal, and Grace Giroud slipped while hitting the ball over the bar and Clara Mathieu hit the ball as well.

However, there would be no surprise, as France has not scored more than one goal in the previous two matches. Instead, the majority of German fans were turning to their phones at the final whistle to search for tickets to the final.