UEFA Women’s EURO England 2022: German press reacts to defeat

‘Naked England madness! Cheated at Wembley again!’ How Germany’s biggest tabloid saw the game VERY differently, calling the Lionesses NASTY, whingeing about 1966 and shock at Chloe Kelly’s goal celebration

  • England beat Germany in extra time to win the Women’s Euros at Wembley 
  • Chole Kelly scored in 110th minute to bring football home for first time since ’66
  • German press not happy, saying there should have been a penalty for handball
  • ‘Cheated at Wembley again’ was how biggest tabloid Bild summed up the night, recalling Hurst’s goal in the World Cup 

Heartbreak, frustration, and the same old excuses. Exactly what you’d expect from England after a major football final against Germany went to extra time.

Except this time it isn’t us – it’s them. 

England won. The Lionesses brought football home at last, clinching our first major international trophy since 1966. And it is the Germans who have been left to reflect on what could have been.

‘Cheated at Wembley again!’ is how the country’s largest tabloid, Bild, summed up a night of broken dreams at Wembley, harkening back to Hurst’s infamous goal 56 years ago that helped England to a 4-2 World Cup final win.

The newspaper complained the ‘nasty’ Lionesses had rammed their goalie against the post, ‘cheated’ in the 26th minute when an alleged handball was waved off on VAR review, and then ‘laughed’ when a shot struck the post in the second half. 

‘Naked madness’ is how they reacted to Chloe Kelly’s iconic celebration when, deep into extra time, she poked home a corner to send England into meltdown and write her name and those of her teammates into the history books.

Minute by minute, this is how expectation and enthusiasm turned to excuses and incredulity as – for once – England beat Germany to bring home a trophy…

'Now get a title. Wembley madness! Here we go': Germany are full of confidence going into the game as their team have never lost a Euros final, and have never been beaten by England in England before Sunday night

‘Now get a title. Wembley madness! Here we go’: Germany are full of confidence going into the game as their team have never lost a Euros final, and have never been beaten by England in England before Sunday night

'Injury shock before kick-off. Popp is missing from the starting 11': Early doubts creep in as team captain and top goal-scorer Popp is benched after an injury in the warm-up

‘Injury shock before kick-off. Popp is missing from the starting 11’: Early doubts creep in as team captain and top goal-scorer Popp is benched after an injury in the warm-up

'Nasty scene! Rammed our Frohms against the post': Ellen White is admonished for a shoulder-barge on the German 'keeper as an early first-half chance goes begging

‘Nasty scene! Rammed our Frohms against the post’: Ellen White is admonished for a shoulder-barge on the German ‘keeper as an early first-half chance goes begging

'Huuuuge chance missed. It has to go in!' Germany come close to scoring in the 26th minute as Leah Williamson clears off the line - with VAR ruling out a penalty shout for handball

‘Huuuuge chance missed. It has to go in!’ Germany come close to scoring in the 26th minute as Leah Williamson clears off the line – with VAR ruling out a penalty shout for handball 

'Halftime at Wembley. Exciting finale. It's all in there, girls': With no mention of the handball call, Germany remain enthusiastic about their chances as the half ends 0-0

‘Halftime at Wembley. Exciting finale. It’s all in there, girls’: With no mention of the handball call, Germany remain enthusiastic about their chances as the half ends 0-0

'We're a lot better now. A goal is needed': Germany started the second half much brighter, leading to that familiar feeling on both sides that England's hopes were about to be dashed

‘We’re a lot better now. A goal is needed’: Germany started the second half much brighter, leading to that familiar feeling on both sides that England’s hopes were about to be dashed

'Argh! England laugh at our post bad luck': Germany rue their misfortune after hitting the post, but with a palpable sense that the winning goal will not be long in coming

‘Argh! England laugh at our post bad luck’: Germany rue their misfortune after hitting the post, but with a palpable sense that the winning goal will not be long in coming

'Yeeees the equaliser! We are back': Ella Toone beautifully lobs the German 'keeper to make it 1-0 before Lina Magull strikes back to make it 1-1. Guess which goal made headlines over there?

‘Yeeees the equaliser! We are back’: Ella Toone beautifully lobs the German ‘keeper to make it 1-0 before Lina Magull strikes back to make it 1-1. Guess which goal made headlines over there?

'Now extra time. What a Wembley thriller': The Germans remain bullish about their chances as extra time comes with the score 1-1. We've seen this all before, haven't we?

‘Now extra time. What a Wembley thriller’: The Germans remain bullish about their chances as extra time comes with the score 1-1. We’ve seen this all before, haven’t we?

'Naked England madness! Oh nooo we're behind again': Chloe Kelly flips the scrip with a 110th minute toe-poke, wheeling away to celebrate with her shirt off to the shock of the Germans

‘Naked England madness! Oh nooo we’re behind again’: Chloe Kelly flips the scrip with a 110th minute toe-poke, wheeling away to celebrate with her shirt off to the shock of the Germans

'Wembley cheating again! Title dream is burst after scandalous scene. Clear hand ball penalty denied. England wins in extra time': And so to the excuses. The largely-unremarked handball shout is now ruled pivotal. England cheated. How else could we have won?

‘Wembley cheating again! Title dream is burst after scandalous scene. Clear hand ball penalty denied. England wins in extra time’: And so to the excuses. The largely-unremarked handball shout is now ruled pivotal. England cheated. How else could we have won?

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