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Win and break records? Of course they did…
The Lionesses made history yesterday by finally bringing home the football.
England beat Germany to win the European Championship for the first time evermarking the first piece of silverware for England since 1966 when England’s men’s team won the World Cup final.
But that’s not the only headline stat to come from the nail-biting game, which saw Chloe Kelly score the winning goal in the 20th minute of extra time.
Participation in the 2022 European Championship final: Lionessor makes history once again
Far from it – yesterday’s final at Wembley Stadium set new attendance records as 87,192 spectators flocked to the arena to cheer on the Lionesses. This is the highest number of football fans ever recorded at a Wembley event, beating the previous Euro crowd record by over 8,000.
The previous record is from 1964 when 79,115 spectators watched Spain vs Soviet Union in Madrid.
It’s been a monumental year for women’s sport and the EUFA match attendance record isn’t the only record the team broke. The Lionesses broke two more records, scoring the most goals as a team throughout the competition and also claiming the highest margin of victory in a UEFA Women’s Euro match.
Scoring the most goals as a team probably comes as no surprise as the Lionesses beat Norway in their first game 8-0.
In the unforgettable final, the match went to extra time at 1-1, but canceled out a penalty shoot-out when Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal, resulting in the team beating Germany 2-1.
Kelly told Sky News: “This is what dreams are made of. This is incredible.”
The record attendance at Euro 2022 marks a shift away from sexism in sport – the women’s game has never received as much attention (or funding) as its male counterpart, but if yesterday is anything to go by, it looks like the bar may be shifting.
Ella Toone – who scored the first goal 62 minutes into the match – wants to encourage the nation to support women’s football. “I think a lot of people have fallen in love with women’s football this summer. That’s what we set out to do,” she explained to The Guardian.
The record-breaking achievement has inspired young girls across the country. Go lionesses.