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It was a far from perfect performance from England in their Women’s Euro 2022 opener, but the vibrant crowd certainly made it a truly memorable occasion.
Old Trafford, which hosted the Lionesses’ 1-0 win over Austria, was buzzing long before the two teams took to the pitch to kick off this wonderful footballing festival.
Despite all the chaos at Westminster, patriotism burned as brightly as ever at Old Trafford in Manchester as God Save the Queen belted through the stands.
After the anthems, we were treated to a special guest in the form of the tiny remote-controlled car, which stole our hearts at Euro 2020, delivered the match ball into the center circle. The ball was rightly applauded by all the enthusiastic supporters.
Moments later the Euro 2022 opener was underway and despite England’s nervous start they were ahead on 20 minutes as Beth Mead’s pushing effort went inches from the line beginning.
Old Trafford were delighted, once the referee checked with goal-line technology that the ball had indeed crossed the line.
Ian Wright, an excellent women’s football champion, certainly enjoyed Arsenal striker Mead’s debut game.
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The strike proved to be the winning goal in what was a relatively uneventful contest.
However, the crowd didn’t stop cheering throughout the night, with talkSPORT’s Lianne Sanderson declaring the game to be “one of the loudest environments” she had ever been in.
It’s no wonder the former England striker felt that way as 68,871 people were present at Old Trafford for the game, making it a record crowd for any game in Premier League history. Feminine Europe.
There were a few nervous moments for Sarina Wiegman’s side towards the end of the game as they sealed their rather unconvincing victory.
England will know they will have to be better later in the tournament if they are to achieve their dream of being European champions, but they have every chance with this group of passionate supporters behind them.
After the full-time whistle, there was a special moment when the crowd sang Sweet Caroline, one of the unofficial England men’s team anthems, as they congratulated the players on their victory.
Below you can see the best photos and videos from a truly memorable evening for football.
Euro 2022 live on talkSPORT
Every England match in the Euros 2022 Women’s Championship will be live on talkSPORT.
Sam Matterface will be the lead England match commentator, alongside co-commentators Lianne Sanderson and main presenter Adrian Durham, while Faye Carruthers will report live from the pitch with all the latest England news.
Meanwhile, Joe Shennan and Lucy Ward will lead Northern Ireland match commentary.