CHRIS SUTTON: Wiegman showed her class as a coach in the Euro final

CHRIS SUTTON: Sarina Wiegman showed her class as a coach in the Euro 2022 final… she was spot on AGAIN with substitutions and helped streetwise England manage the game brilliantly

  • England won the Euro 2022 final 2-1 against Germany after extra time
  • Sarina Wiegman showed her class as a coach with some excellent substitutions 
  • England managed the game brilliantly after taking the lead in extra time 

Sarina Wiegman, take a bow. The England manager’s substitutions throughout this tournament were game-changers, up to and including Sunday’s showdown with Germany, the eight-time champions who had never lost a Euros final before.

On came Ella Toone and she scored a chip so delicious it should have come with salt and vinegar. 

On came Chloe Kelly and she scored the extra-time winner by being in the right place at the right time. 

Sarina Wiegman’s substitutions were spot on as England beat Germany in the Euro 2022 final

Chloe Kelly (left) and Ella Toone (right) came on to help England win their first ever trophy

If only Alessia Russo had buried her chance towards the end, it would have been a manager’s hat-trick. 

But we won’t get too greedy because 2-1 will do just fine.

Germany were probably the better team after making it 1-1 but England found a way. They were streetwise.

Alessia Russo has been a popular player in the Euros and ruffled some feathers in the final

Russo was ruffling feathers — she bulldozed one of her opponents immediately after being introduced — and Jill Scott added some mettle. It was so satisfying to watch.

I loved Russo cheekily looking over her opponent’s shoulder to try to read a note from Germany’s manager to her players.

Whatever was on those instructions, it didn’t matter. England managed the game brilliantly by keeping the ball in the corner until, finally, the full-time whistle was blown.

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