England’s women beat Germany in record-breaking Euro 2022 final
A record-breaking TV audience tuned in to watch England’s victory over Germany in the Euro 2022 final.
The Women’s Euro 2022 final was broadcast live on BBC One to a peak audience of 17.4 million. A further 5.9 million streamed the game online using iPlayer and BBC Sport services.
The victory safely beat the previous women’s football record, when 11.7 million tuned in to watch England’s 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat to the United States.
England’s first trophy success since 1966 also claimed the UK’s largest TV audience of the year 2022 so far.
Inside Wembley Stadium, a record 87,192 watched the game in person. Following expansion work on Wembley Stadium, this is the largest attendance of any Men’s or Women’s European final.
The final itself was closely contested between two well-matched sides. Both England and Germany had won all their games in the competition prior to meeting in the final, with both sides featuring the tournament’s biggest goal scorers.
It took until the second half for England to break the deadlock, with substitute Ella Toone’s deft chip over German keeper Merle Frohms. The celebration was short-lived, however, when 11 minutes from full time Germany equalised with a goal from Lina Magull.
Forced into extra time, the country feared yet another penalty heartbreak until finally a desperate Chloe Kelly broke through on 110 minutes. Her elated celebration will undoubtedly be etched in TV memory, as will the award-winning performances of England’s team.