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England will face GERMANY in Sunday’s Euro 2022 final after two ruthlessly-finished goals from Alexandra Popp saw the eight-time champions beat France 2-1 in Milton Keynes
- Germany made the better start with Alexandra Popp opening the scoring
- An unfortunate Merle Frohms own goal levelled the scores minutes later
- Popp then scored again against the run of play in the second half
Germany will play England in the final of Euro 2022 after a 2-1 victory over France on Wednesday night.
Two goals from Alexandra Popp, who is now level with England’s Beth Mead for the golden boot, saw the eight-time European champions book their place at Wembley.
Popp had given her side the lead in the first half before Kadidiatou Diani’s quick-fire equaliser drew France level before half-time.
Alexandra Popp celebrates scoring their second goal against France on Wednesday night
Popp headed home the winner in the second half to score her second goal of the game
France had chances to go ahead after the break but could not take them and they were punished by a ruthless Popp, who headed in the winner in the 76th minute.
Popp, Popp, who had scored in every game prior, broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when she rifled in Svenja Huth’s cross on the volley.
It was the first time France had gone behind in the tournament but they trailed for just four minutes.
Popp opened the scoring with a lovely finish near the end of the first half in Milton Keynes
The German forward celebrates after breaking the deadlock in the Euro 2022 semi-final
Diani drove forward and let fly from the edge of the box. Her shot hit the post and rebounded off Germany goalkeeper Merle Frohms and into the net.
France almost took the lead just past the hour mark with two quick-fire chances. Clara Mateo found space for a shot in the box but Kathrin Hendrich blocked superbly before Wendie Renard had a header cleared off the line from the resulting corner.
France were made to pay for those missed chances as the Huth-Popp combination struck again. Huth stood up a cross to the penalty spot and Popp rose highest to power home.
France defender Wendie Renard looks dejected following the referee’s full-time whistle
Scroll down to see how it all unfolded with Sportsmail’s live runner.