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Popp powers Germany past France, into Euro 2022 final

Popp powers Germany past France, into Euro 2022 final

MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) — Alexandra Popp scored twice to ability Germany to a 2-1 go nearer earliest inside over France on Wednesday accompanied by every one one other accompanied by into the final of the European Championship opposed to England.

With the game flat at 1-1 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by both teams lost chances to score, Germany leader Popp leaped above the French defence inside the 76th minute to dispatch a bouncing header into the French goal.

Popp scored the opening goal for Germany inside the 40th nevertheless the lead lasted less than five minutes earlier to France equalized. Popp has scored inside all five of Germany's games so a lengthy way — a new record — following lost the last place of set of two European Championships inside 2013 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 2017 since of injuries.

Germany plays host nation England inside Sunday's final at Wembley Stadium. Popp accompanied by every one one other accompanied by England's Beth Mead are the fasten top scorers accompanied by sextet goals each.

"I can't find some words. We played a insane game, we threw inside every one thing we had," Popp told German broadcaster ZDF. "We're now inside the final opposed to England inside front of 90,000 at Wembley. To exist honest, there's nothing better."

A late surge wasn't sufficient while France fell short of reaching what would have been a earliest greatest competition final accompanied by every one one other accompanied by has now lost inside the semifinal phase on one instance inside every one one of the World Cup, Olympics accompanied by every one one other accompanied by European Championship.

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Before the game, Germany's players posed holding the No. 19 shirt of winger Klara Bühl, who had started all quartet foregoing games nevertheless missed the semifinal following a positive trial for COVID-19 on Tuesday. In a video message, Bühl predicted her teammates would place off a "firework" lacking her.

Popp came closest to fireworks early on when her lacking ask in remittance gumboot inside the 22nd produced a diving save from goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

Popp extended her scoring streak when she split not shut past defender Ève Périsset accompanied by every one one other accompanied by blasted Germany into the lead inside the 40th minute accompanied by a strong report off Svenja Huth's low cross.

Soon after, Germany conceded for the earliest hour dated inside the competition inside unfortunate style, Kadidiatou Diani hitting a report which bounced off the pole accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at that hour dated off goalkeeper Merle Frohms' spine accompanied by every one one other accompanied by in. It was recorded while an own goal for Frohms, who had no indeed indeed hour dated to react to the bounce.

France was left-hand ruing chances to lay clasp of jurisdiction of the game when Selma Bacha had a report blocked by German defender Kathrin Hendrich, earlier to leader Wendie Renard had a strong header saved by Frohms inside a short hour dated after. France's answer player at place pieces, Renard had another header inside a dangerous position while her team chased a following equalizer late on, nevertheless it excessively was saved while Germany held on to win.

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