Angerer heroics help Germany retain crown
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Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved two penalties to help Germany win a record sixth consecutive UEFA Women's EURO with a 1-0 success against Norway in Solna. Substitute Anja Mittag scored the only goal of the game just a few minutes after being introduced from the bench at the beginning of the second period but the true star of the show was Angerer.

Twice Norway were awarded penalties but Angerer deflected Trine Ronning's first half spot-kick away with her knee before thwarting Solveig Gulbrandsen from 12 yards in the second period.

Those two crucial stops meant Mittag's close range tap-in from a pinpoint delivery by Celia Okoyino da Mbabi was enough to give the Germans revenge against opponents who had inflicted on them a shock group stage defeat by the same scoreline. Germany have now won eight of the 11 UEFA Women's EURO titles and have lifted every edition since Norway triumphed in 1993.

It was, in a sense, a deserved victory as Leonie Maier hit the bar with a looping header in the opening minutes, while Nadine Kessler bobbled a scuffed effort against the base of the upright near the end. Norway, for their part, were denied by a narrow but correct offside call as Ada Hegerberg tapped home.

Germany dominated throughout but Norway had their chances, not least from the penalty spot. In the first half Catherine Dekkerhus crumpled to the turf theatrically under Okoyino da Mbabi's challenge but Ronning couldn't find the net.

Caroline Hansen was the next to hit the ground after seemingly minimal contact in the second period but again Angerer proved equal to Gulbrandsen's penalty. Norway had the ball in the net soon after but Hegerberg had strayed a yard offside when slotting home Maren Mjelde's cross from the right.

It was the fourth time twice previous winners Norway had lost to Germany in the final after defeats in 1989 (to West Germany), 1991 and 2005.