One day after Beth Mead made history and extended her lead in the Euros’ Golden Boot race, Alexandra Popp made some history of her own — and pulled into a tie with the English striker.
Popp scored twice in Germany’s 2-1 win Wednesday over France to lead the team to a record ninth Euros final.
With her goals, she became the first women’s player to score in five consecutive matches at the Euros. She matches Michel Platini’s record from the men’s tournament in 1984, when he scored in five consecutive matches for France.
Her first tally came in the 40th minute to put Germany up 1-0.
5 goals. 5 games. @alexpopp11 #WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/SArSOovZbB— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) July 27, 2022
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That lead did not hold for long, though, as a strike from France’s Kadidiatou Diani ricocheted off the post, then went into the net off the back of German goalkeeper Merle Frohms.
Credited as an own goal, it also marked the first goal that Germany conceded in the tournament.
ALL TIED UP. @kady944 🚀#WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/iFmb5cYjNV— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) July 27, 2022
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Popp, though, played hero in the second half. She put Germany in the lead and tied Mead in the Golden Boot race with a header in the 76th minute.
Both now have six goals on the tournament, tying the Euros record set by Germany’s Inka Grings in 2009.
.@alexpopp11 is on another level. 😤#WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/8XJHxuF5Ch— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) July 27, 2022
.@alexpopp11 is on another level. 😤#WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/8XJHxuF5Ch
The 2-1 scoreline held despite a couple of late opportunities for France. Germany will face host England on Sunday in the final at Wembley, on the hunt for a record ninth European championship title.
Germany has won every women’s Euros final in which it has appeared, while England will be looking for its first title.