Record crowd at Women’s Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England’s win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we’ll never forget


Who said nobody cares about women’s football?

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.

Sarina Wiegman’s side, however, took the most important victory
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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.


Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Wright was delighted to see Arsenal star Mead score the first Euro 2022 goal

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.

Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
We all know who this guy supports
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
There were also some Austrian fans
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
The trophy that the competition’s 16 teams are desperate to get their hands on
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy says hello to adoring fans as England warm up
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
There was a colorful opening ceremony before the teams exit
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
The players then exited the tunnel
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
After the hymns we were treated to our old friend, the little car
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Manchester United male stars David de Gea and Harry Maguire were in attendance
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Mead was played on goal and her shot cleared before it hit the net
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
But it overstepped the mark and Old Trafford celebrated
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Lauren Hemp came very close to doubling England’s lead just before half-time
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
England held on for the victory they desperately wanted
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
And the fans stayed to show their appreciation after the game
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
Some lucky England fans also got selfies with their heroes afterwards
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Record crowd at Women's Euro, Sweet Caroline and this little car among the many reasons England's win in the Euro 2022 opener was a game we'll never forget
England is waiting
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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.




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