This year’s women’s European Championship final was filled with excitement, drama, controversy and of course great football.
Germany’s 1-0 victory over Norway on Sunday gives the nation its sixth straight European Championship. Nadine Angerer was pushed to the limit in this match. The veteran goalkeeper faced two penalties during the match, and was able to stop both of them.
That sheer determination and experience is what gave Germany the victory.
Norway were not able to create too many chances throughout the match besides the two penalties. The Germans used their pace effectively and heavily out shot their opponent.
In the end, an early second-half goal by Anja Mittag and two top class saves from Angerer lifted the Germans to victory.
This loss will be tough for Norway to take. However, I believe they will continue to improve. I don’t believe they played a terrible game by any means. And with great players like Hansen and Akerhaugen, I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll see Norway in the finals of a major competition.
For Germany, it must feel somewhat standard lifting the European Championship trophy. A stunning 22-year reign, leaves just one question: will Germany ever be beaten?
I believe they can be beaten. However, as long as Silvia Neid is head coach, the task will be very challenging for any opponent.
This German side seems to have the right mix of experienced and young players. Neid did a fantastic job in using the depth in her squad to her advantage. That said, I believe she is the best coach in the women’s game at present. And with six straight European Championships to her name, I don’t think anyone can say anything different.
I believe this has been the best women’s European Championships ever.
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