Is it coming home? Moment England fans across the country react with delight as Lionesses go 1-0 up
- Fans have roared with the Lionesses as they stepped into the lead against Germany for the match’s first goal
- Super-sub Ella Toone made an immediate impact as she broke the deadlock to put the Lionesses ahead
- It was nearly a perfect star for England as Ellen White came millimetres from scoring in the opening minutes
- Lionesses had dominated but nearly went one down after a German effort prompted goalmouth chaos
- Tackles were flying and cards handed throughout the match in highly-charged first half encounter
Fans have roared with the Lionesses as they stepped into the lead against Germany after super sub Ella Toone scored the match’s first goal.
Supporters could be seen screaming with joy and leaping into the air as Toone scored, as spectators in Wembley went wild.
Supporters wearing England flags and face paint in London’s Trafalgar Square were ecstatic as the point came in.
The Lionesses had been held by half time at the women’s Euros final, despite dominating the opening 45 minutes – but surviving a major Germany goal scare.
But the introduction of Toone had a near-instant impact as she broke to fizz a shot past helpless German keeper Merle Frohms.
It was almost the perfect start for the team as Fran Kirby found Ellen White but she headed it straight to the keeper.
Supporters wearing England flags and face paint in London’s Trafalgar Square were ecstatic as the point came in
Supporters react to England’s opening goal being shown on the big screen as they watch the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final football match being played at Wembley Stadium
Fans scream and cheer with joy as Toone scored, as spectators in Trafalgar Square going wild
Supporters could be seen screaming with joy and leaping into the air as Toone scored, as spectators in Wembley went wild
Inside the stadium, fans went wild as super sub Ella Toone scored the match’s first goal
Deadlock broken! Ella Toone of England celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final match
Ella Toone had a near-instant impact as she broke to fizz a shot past helpless German keeper Merle Frohms to score
Later England put Germany under extreme pressure in the 18th minute after a series of corners threatened on goal, with Lucy Bronze’s shot nearly squeezing past Frohms.
The Lionesses had peppered her goal with chances throughout the first half and fans may have been forgiven for wondering how they were not at least 2-0 up.
But Germany were not without their own threat, with one effort prompting a desperate goalmouth scramble to deny them a goal.
England’s high-energy performance gave supporters plenty to hope for ahead of the final 45 minutes to come, with the match finely poised.
Conservative leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak celebrates England’s first goal as he watches the Women’s Euro 2022 Final in Salisbury
Fans go wild in Bristol’s most patriotic pub, The Three Lions, as the England team score their first goal against Germany
A supporter in the stand at Wembley holds a sign celebrating the goal
Fans in Aylesbury United WFC, the former club of Lionesses forward Ellen White, in Bierton, Aylesbury, celebrate the opening goal
England fans celebrate England’s Ella Toone scoring their first goal as they watch the match at Boxpark Croydon
Fans celebrate England’s Ella Toone scoring their first goal as they watch the match at Boxpark Croydon
Spectators in Trafalgar Square celebrate the goal scored by England’s Ella Toone
The Lionesses have now been pegged back 1-1 against Germany after Toone’s opener was cancelled out by Lina Magull.
It had been all square at half time but the introduction of Toone, 22, had a near-instant impact as she broke to fizz a shot past helpless German keeper Merle Frohms watched by a record 87,192 in the stadium.
But there was heartbreak minutes later as Magull worked her way into position to equalise, devastating England fans across the country.
With only ten minutes left, the game was left balancing on a knife edge with the ultimate prize at stake.
Dozens of ticketless fans were watching the match on their phones outside Wembley Stadium.
Hordes of fans in Wembley stadium celebrate England’s goal with signs and cheers
Fans at Newcastle’s Central Park celebrate the first goal
Supporters entering the stadium before 5pm had been largely positive and calm, with very little trouble for police.
However, those without tickets were still in the area after kick-off, opting to watch the match in nearby pubs or on their phones.
Craig Stephens, 58, and his wife Julie, 54, from Twickenham, south-west London, said: ‘We just wanted to be around Wembley while the game was on, it really is historic.
‘We’re really excited and hope England can do well, but we know that Germany has been a dangerous opponent in the past.’
This morning the Lionesses’ two biggest Royal fans had wished them luck and the future king was even there in person to cheer them from the stands.
The Duke of Cambridge posted a video to his official Twitter account this morning in which he and Charlotte shared their support for the Lionesses.
‘We both want to wish the lionesses the best of luck tonight, you’ve done amazingly well in the competition and we’re rooting for you all the way!’ Will exclaimed, before Charlotte chipped in: ‘Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!’
As the game got underway Prime Minister Boris Johnson showed he was tuning in with Romy and Wilfred with a post on Twitter.
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