Germany save two penalties to win Euros
Germany save two penalties to win Euros avatar

Germany’s veteran goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer played a hero’s role in helping her country her country clinch the European Championship for the sixth successive time in Stockholm on Sunday.

Angerer celebrates after she save a pk during the final. (Getty Images)

Angerer celebrates after she saves a pk during the final. (Getty Images)

She saved two penalties, one in each half to deny Norway victory, and in the second half German substitute Anja Mittag scored the only goal of the game, finishing off a fine passing move.

Neither team had been predicted to reach the final. (Getty Images)

Neither team had been predicted to reach the final. (Getty Images)

Norway piled on the pressure, seeking an an equalizer, but Germany defended valiantly. They have now won every tournament since 1993.

Angerer, 34, has played in the last five European Championship victories, having made her international debut as a 17-year-old in 1996.

The first penalty, in the 32nd minute, was controversial. After a free-kick wasn’t properly cleared by Germany, bodies and ankles clashed in the box with a Norwegian player going to ground – too easily according to angry German defenders.

Angerer’s save was brilliant. She went early on Trine Ronning’s kick, which was hammered down the middle, but the German keeper flung up her trailing leg, pushing the ball away in a tremendous piece of improvisation.

Anja Mittag scoring the game winner to earn Germany their sixth championship title. (Getty Images)

Anja Mittag scoring the game winner to earn Germany their sixth championship title. (Getty Images)

Nine minutes into the second half Germany took the lead on a fine bit of play. Three crisp passes cut through the Norwegian midfield setting Da Mbabi free. The striker squared to shoot, but instead turned and found the onrushing Mittag who allowed the ball to role across her body before sending it high past the Norwegian keeper. Mittag had been on the field for less then four minutes.

Norway had dominated at periods and will be haunted by their failure to finish the game off, (Getty Images)

Norway had dominated at periods and will be haunted by their failure to finish the game off, (Getty Images)

Nine minutes later Norway were given their second penalty when striker Hansen was brought down in the box. Up stepped Solveig Gulbrandsen. Again, the shot was hammered down the middle, a little higher this time. Angerer was going the wrong way, but was able to get an arm up to thump the ball away.

As Norway pressed, Ada Hegerberg had a strike correctly ruled out for offside before Kessler hit the post for the Germans in the closing stages.

Germany prove their critics wrong. (Getty Images)

Germany proved their critics wrong. (Getty Images)

Germany scored just six goals in six games in this tournament, coming to the event with a number of players unavailable through injury. But their success with this youthful squad bodes well for the future.

About Gavin Owen-Thomas

Gavin's a former journalist who worked in both newspapers and television media while also coaching at both youth and professional level. Born in Namibia, he grew up in South Africa before moving to England and then on to the United States, arriving in 1978. Gavin started playing as soon as he was old enough to kick a ball, and like every youngster he dreamed of playing, fame and glory. Oh, well.... But he does have a USSF A Coaching license, and took his UEFA A License in Wales. GotSoccer is a play on his initials. He launched the website in 1996, and for the first few years it was well-known for its soccer forum. In 2003 Gavin commissioned programmer Aaron Wilmoth to build a scheduling program based on a design he drew on the back of a restaurant napkin, and GotSoccer as we know it today was born.
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