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One “slap in the neck” too many for the DFB team

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Status: 01.08.2022 11:17 a.m.

The German national team gave England a big fight in the final of the European Football Championship. And this, although the women of the DFB again had to defy some resistance. With a little distance, the pride was precisely mixed with the great disappointment.

Florian Neuhauss (London)

Baby you should be Alexandra Popp’s absence through injury, England captain Leah Williamson’s handball, video assistant talk and the hosts’ deafening party – Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s granddaughter n’ haven’t heard all this.

While the national coach was under high tension at the edge of the pitch, mum Dina suffered in the crowd of supporters in the main stand and dad Kevin, who is himself a professional footballer, left inside the stadium for a few steps with the “burp cloth” in her hand, if it was even louder, the four-month-old simply slept with the noise canceling headphones on.

MVT: “It was clear handball”

It’s not so easy for adults, of course. After the final whistle, MVT had to shake off the frustration. “It was a clear handball, that worries me,” the 54-year-old commented on the scene in the 26th minute. The ball hit the England captain’s outstretched arm in the penalty area. But no matter how clear the images were for most viewers, the video assistant, who even checked the scene, saw no clear bad decisions. Referee Kateryna Monzul from Ukraine did not receive the sign to review the scene himself.

The latter in particular awakened the spirit of Voss-Tecklenburg. “Why isn’t this being looked at? Why is there no clear communication? This shouldn’t come to the level of a final for the European Championships. You feel a bit underprivileged” , the national coach said angrily and demanded that this scene remain to be discussed in detail.

Popp: “Impossible to make a pass, impossible to shoot on goal”

Meanwhile, no one was to blame for the second big excitement of the day. Popp suffered a strain in final practice that was so bad she had to pass after warming up for the match. “In the last training session, with the last shot too – it must be said too. To receive such a blow in the neck again, it is brutal”, reported the German captain, who had to capitulate with tears to the eyes.

“I couldn’t play a pass that goes a longer distance and I couldn’t shoot on goal. It just didn’t make sense,” said the 31-year-old, who led Germany to the final. final with six goals. in five games. “It was clear to me that we were in a European Championship final and that we had to play with a full group. There was no point. I cried at that moment because I couldn’t believe it .”

Popp had missed two European Championships in his career due to injuries, suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the European Championships in England and was after a corona infection finally back in shape in time for the tournament in England.

Magull can also blame the English

Even without their captain and without Klara Bühl, who only tested negative again on the day of the match after her corona infection, the England Women’s DFB fought a duel on equal terms in the final. It’s hard to imagine how the game would have ended with two of the two best German players in this tournament. So that was just enough for the interim 1:1 Lina Magulwhose third goal was almost even better than the previous two.

“Frustration wins. We played another great game,” said the goalscorer, who in her own words could also regale the English: “It’s a great experience for them to win this title at home. at Wembley Stadium. They played a great tournament, just like us. It would be nice if there were two winners.”

Mixed feelings but proud of the silver medal

Popp was “deeply sad and disappointed that we didn’t pull off this coup in the end. But overall we played a great tournament.” Magull also pointed out: “We have become a very good team in recent months. And I’m very proud of that.”

The playmaker and new European vice-champion wore her silver medal around her neck in the mixed zone of the stadium. “We were in the final here, which nobody thought we could do, and maybe we didn’t even think we could do it. But we worked so hard for it. I’m proud of the medal.” In the end, it was probably one blow too many for the team that prevented the very big triumph.

The national coach had mixed feelings, as did her players: “I have to deal first, that’s clear. We came here to win the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t. But tomorrow or after- tomorrow I will definitely start the day with a different feeling.” And maybe in a few years, when her granddaughter gets her hands on the medal and asks, she’ll tell all about the little one overslept on July 31, 2022.

Source: sportschau.de

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