Soccer-Popp double sends Germany into Euro final

MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) – Alexandra Popp scored twice as Germany beat France 2-1 in their Euro 2022 semi-final on Wednesday to set up a clash with hosts England in Sunday’s final at Wembley.

Popp fired Germany ahead in the 40th minute, sneaking in from the left to meet a fine cross from Svenja Huth and beat Pauline Peyraud-Magni with a crisp finish.

The lead lasted less than four minutes, however, as France levelled when Kadidiatou Diani unleashed a fierce drive on the turn which rattled off the post and flew in off the back of Germany keeper Merle Frohms.

France had the better chances after the break but Popp won the contest with her sixth goal in five games in the tournament, powering a superb header home from another excellent Huth cross in the 76th minute.

England beat Sweden 4-0 in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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