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“There’s nothing better than a final at Wembley”

31 Jul 2022 | 08:36

Alexandra Popp says there is “nothing better” than playing a final at Wembley after beating Germany in Sunday’s women’s Euro final with a brace against France. The Wolfsburg forward opened the scoring in the 40th minute and then headed home the final goal in the second half after an unfortunate Merle Frohms own goal leveled everything.

Popp’s first-half strike made her the first player in the history of the tournament scored in five consecutive games, also scoring in Germany’s four previous victories. It’s also Germany’s 100th goal at the Women’s Euromaking them the first team to reach the century goal in the competition.

Popp is currently tied with England’s Beth Mead with six goals for this year’s tournament, with the pair going head-to-head in the final this weekend. Tournament host England will be greatly supported in London, but Popp is enjoying the opportunity to help Germany win the record-long ninth Euro.

“I can’t put this victory into words,” she told ZDF after her brace against the Netherlands’ French conquest team. “We really threw everything in and were extremely happy. The team was fantastic. Nobody expected us and now we are in the final against England at Wembley. It is a dream of ours. us, our wish, which we have accomplished. A final at Wembley … nothing better.”

Goal scored by France is the first team Germany conceded at Euro 2022 and came under strange circumstances in Milton Keynes. Kadidiatou Diani launched a long shot, the ball bounced off the post, smashed the diving Frohms and went all the way across the goal line. However, it didn’t matter in the end, thanks to prolific Popp who saved her teammate with her header in the 14th minute.

Frohms said: “The goal I conceded is not really important to me. “It’s bittersweet at the moment, but I have no choice but to try to save. But we didn’t let that upset us. As soon as the final whistle sounded, happy tears were shed. gush out. Before the tournament, we didn’t imagine that we would make it to the finals. “

Germany have now reached the women’s Euro final after nine out of 11 appearances at the tournament, failing only in 1993 and 2017.