Record Women’s Euro crowd, Sweet Caroline and that little car among the many reasons why England’s win in Euro 2022 opener was a match we’ll never forget July 6, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Who says no one cares about women’s football?

It was a far from perfect performance from England in their Women’s Euro 2022 opener but the vibrant crowd certainly made it a truly memorable occasion.

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Sarina Wiegman’s side got the all-important win, however

Old Trafford, which played host to the Lionesses’ 1-0 win over Austria, was buzzing long before the two sides stepped out onto the pitch as this wonderful festival of football kicked off.

Despite all the chaos at Westminster, patriotism burned as brightly as ever inside Old Trafford in Manchester as God Save the Queen was belted out across stands.

After the anthems, we were treated to a special guest in the form of the little remote car, which stole our hearts at Euro 2020, delivered the match ball into the centre circle. The ball was deservedly cheered off by all the excited supporters.

Moments later the opening match of Euro 2022 was under way and despite England’s nervous start they were in front inside 20 minutes as Beth Mead’s poked effort went inches over the goal-line.

Old Trafford was in raptures, once the referee double checked with goal-line technology that the ball had actually crossed the line.

Ian Wright, an excellent champion of women’s football, certainly enjoyed Arsenal forward Mead’s opener.


Wright was delighted to see Arsenal star Mead score the opening goal of Euro 2022

Wright was delighted to see Arsenal star Mead score the opening goal of Euro 2022

The strike proved to be the winning goal in what was a relatively uneventful contest.

However, the crowd didn’t stop cheering all night, with talkSPORT’s Lianne Sanderson saying the match was ‘one of the loudest environment’s’ she’s ever been in.

It’s no wonder the former England forward felt that way as 68,871 were in attendance at Old Trafford for the match, which makes it a record crowd at any match in Women’s European Championship history.

There were a couple of nervous moments for Sarina Wiegman’s side towards the end of the match as they sealed their fairly unconvincing win.

England will know they’ll have to be better later in the tournament if they’re to realise their dreams of being European champions but they’ve got every chance with this group of passionate supporters behind them.

After the full-time whistle there was a special moment as the crowd belted out Sweet Caroline, one of the England men’s team’s unofficial anthems, when congratulating the players on their win.

Below you can see the best pictures and videos from a truly memorable night for football.

We all know who this guy is supporting

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We all know who this guy is supporting

There were a few Austria fans around too

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There were a few Austria fans around too

The trophy that all 16 teams in the competition are desperate to get their hands on

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The trophy that all 16 teams in the competition are desperate to get their hands on

Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy says hello to some adoring fans as England warm up

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Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy says hello to some adoring fans as England warm up

There was a colourful opening ceremony before the teams came out

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There was a colourful opening ceremony before the teams came out

The players then came out the tunnel

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The players then came out the tunnel

After the anthems we were treated to our old friend, the little car

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After the anthems we were treated to our old friend, the little car

Manchester United men’s stars David de Gea and Harry Maguire were in attendance

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Manchester United men’s stars David de Gea and Harry Maguire were in attendance

Mead was played through on goal and her shot was cleared away before it hit the net

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Mead was played through on goal and her shot was cleared away before it hit the net

But it crucially went over the line and Old Trafford celebrated

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But it crucially went over the line and Old Trafford celebrated

Lauren Hemp went mightily close to doubling England’s lead just before half time

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Lauren Hemp went mightily close to doubling England’s lead just before half time

England held on to claim the win they desperately wanted

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England held on to claim the win they desperately wanted

And the fans stayed on to show their appreciation after the match

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And the fans stayed on to show their appreciation after the match

Some lucky England fans got some selfies with their heroes afterwards too

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Some lucky England fans got some selfies with their heroes afterwards too

England expects

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England expects

Euro 2022 live on talkSPORT

Every England match of the Women’s Euros 2022 Championship will be live on talkSPORT.

Sam Matterface will be lead commentator for England games, alongside co-commentators Lianne Sanderson and lead presenter Adrian Durham, while Faye Carruthers will be reporting live pitchside with all the latest England news.

Meanwhile, Joe Shennan and Lucy Ward will lead commentary for Northern Ireland games.

Source link – talksport.com