Germany secure women's Euros final spot

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Alexandra Popp has struck twice to send Germany through to their ninth women's European soccer final.

The 2-1 win over France booked their meeting with England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday after the hosts had become the first team to secure their place in the decider following their 4-0 win over Sweden.

Popp beat her marker to tap home Germany's first in the 40th minute before France levelled with an unfortunate own goal from Merle Frohms.

Kadidiatou Diani's shot rebounded off the post and onto the back of the goalkeeper before going into the net to level in the 44th.

Popp's header in the second half saw the 31-year-old draw level with England's Beth Mead in the race for the golden boot with six goals in the competition so far, in front of 27,445 fans at Stadium MK.

"I am very happy to be able to be here, to reach the final that is an incredible story so I hope we will have an incredible happy ending," Popp said.

In contrast to the first semi-final where Sweden almost had a goal from kick-off, the one in Milton Keynes started in a much more cagey fashion with both sides trying to test out the other and no significant chances for either.

Germany's main threat in the opening half an hour came from free kicks, although they were unable to capitalise.

The French had a momentary lapse of concentration at the back and Germany pounced as halftime approached, with Popp just beating her marker in the centre of the box to fire home from Svenja Huth's cross.

Just before the break Les Bleus struck the equaliser, as Germany conceded their first goal in the tournament, and had two good chances blocked on the goal line in a matter of minutes just after the hour mark.

Having struggled to get forward for large parts of the second half, Germany retook the lead with 14 minutes left when Popp rose highest to nod home the winner.

"I am very proud. I look forward a lot to this game, this will be an incredible final," Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said.

"We will play in Wembley in front of 80,000 most of them probably for England, very few for us but we are accepting the challenge."

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