England won the Women’s European Championship opener Wednesday thanks to a goal from Beth Mead that put the tournament hosts ahead of Austria 1-0.
The goal came in the 16th minute off an assist from Fran Kirby. While there was some question about whether or not the ball crossed the goal line, a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check revealed that it had.
Beth Mead gives England the lead!What a ball from Fran Kirby 😲 pic.twitter.com/EEVZr1HSjw— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 6, 2022
Beth Mead gives England the lead!What a ball from Fran Kirby 😲 pic.twitter.com/EEVZr1HSjw
A sold-out crowd of 68,871 fans turned out to watch England in the opener in its first time hosting the tournament since 2005, setting a record in attendance for a Women’s European Championship game.
That number likely will be broken before the tournament’s end, however, as matches like the final at Wembley (capacity 90,000) are also sold out.
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75,000 fans welcome the start of the Women's Euros at a sold out Old Trafford! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/PbVwER3boO
Before the match began, players could be seen kneeling as a protest against racism and discrimination.
During the match, there were a few close calls, as England put four shots on goal to Austria’s two. Ultimately, English goalkeeper Mary Earps secured the clean sheet.