Euro 2022: England praised for skillfully turning off the clock against Germany

England’s lioness has been praised for wasting world-class time after the ball barely passed in Germany’s half during the final 12 minutes of their Euro 2022 final victory.

After Chloe Kelly restored England’s lead at Wembley in the 110th minute, they skilfully ran under the clock without doing anything to break the rules of the game.

Kelly, Lucy Bronze and Ella Toon combined brilliantly to defend the ball in a corner of the German half, forcing a succession of throw-ins and corners that were naturally in no hurry to pick up.

Indeed, a heat map from the final 10 minutes of the final shows how well England negated any threat of Germany scoring a second equalizer and taking the competition to penalties.

England employed some great strategies after scoring in the 110th minute of their European Championship final against Germany at Wembley

Lioness pinned Germany in a corner and took time off at every opportunity

Lioness pinned Germany in a corner and took time off at every opportunity

A heat map of the game from the 110th minute onwards showed how England pinned the Germans to a corner of their own half to turn off the clock

A heat map of the game from the 110th minute onwards showed how England pinned the Germans to a corner of their own half to turn off the clock

At one point, Bronze keep-ups on the touchline to waste a few more seconds as she prepares to take the throw, while Lauren Hemp took the better part of a minute when substituted.

The strategy clearly upsets the Germans, who are drawn into sloppy fouls that only help England’s cause.

At one point, Kelly can be seen smiling after being aggressively bowled by German player Sarah Dorsen-Khajeh.

Svenja Huth is particularly irritated by the time wasting and can be seen reacting angrily with the assistant referee and tapping a sham watch on her wrist to attract attention.

Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal in the 110th minute and the Lionesses beat Germany

Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal in the 110th minute and the Lionesses beat Germany

But England successfully clocked the remaining 10 minutes of extra time – plus two extra minutes – to spark scenes of delirium at Wembley as they claimed their first major tournament success in the women’s game.

And his strategy garnered acclaim on Twitter. One fan wrote: ‘Some world class *** housey time wasting. What a proud day for @England.

Another tweeted: ‘Excellent waste of time by England. All perfectly valid.’

Another fan said: ‘These last five minutes have been the level of Atletico Madrid’s time-wasting home.

Fans praise England's expert time-wasting strategy on social media

Fans praise England’s expert time-wasting strategy on social media

how the lioness runs under the clock

110 minutes – England took the lead in the final for the second time when Chloe Kelly finished close after a scuffle. Germany only have 10 minutes to respond and penalize whatever stoppage time has been added.

Chloe Kelly takes off her shirt to celebrate England's second goal in extra time

Chloe Kelly takes off her shirt to celebrate England’s second goal in extra time

113 minutes – Alessia Russo pinches the shoulder of Germany’s Sarah Dorsaun-Khajeh, who is reading a tactical note passed on by a coaching team.

Alessia Russo pricks Sarah Dorsaun-Khajeh's shoulder to see a note

Alessia Russo pricks Sarah Dorsaun-Khajeh’s shoulder to see a note

114 minutes – Germany forces a corner that Lena Oberdorff points to the goal. It’s an easy claim for England keeper Mary Earps, who immediately falls to the ground to kill for a few seconds. It takes him more than 20 seconds to throw the ball out.

England keeper Mary Earps fell on the ball after claiming a header from a corner

England keeper Mary Earps fell on the ball after claiming a header from a corner

114:40 – England passes the ball to the corner which will become almost permanent home for the closing minutes. Kelly and Ella Toon combine to win a throw-in. Germany’s Giulia Gwynn can be seen in the back of the TV shot complaining about how long England takes it.

115:08 – Kelly is bundled up by a frustrated Gwyn and wins a free-kick in the corner. Gwinn angrily protests with the assistant referee who raised her flag. Kelly is in no hurry to get off the ground to pick it up.

115:40 – England takes the free-kick and starts dribbling the ball into the German box before Kelly changes his mind and chases two in the green shirt to go back into the corner. England loses the ball but soon regains possession with Rousseau as his shot was touched to the bar by keeper Merle Froomes.

116:51 – It took England about half a minute to get the ball in the right position for the corner. Hemp and Kelly are standing on top of it. The assistant referee points to the ganja that the ball is not in the arc. Kelly comes over to discuss it, wasting a few more seconds. The ball is moved about half an inch to the correct position.

Hemp takes a long time to make sure the ball is positioned correctly for the corner.

Hemp takes a long time to make sure the ball is positioned correctly for the corner.

117:14 – Hemp takes the corner. Kelly can’t quite keep possession and has a short match with Svenja Huth.

117:26 – Huth puts the ball out of play and Germany cannot escape.

117:45 – Rousseau gets the ball to the corner again but is written off by two players. However, Germany could not break through and England won another throw.

Rousseau is texted near the corner flag by two German players, but manages to keep the ball.

Rousseau is texted near the corner flag by two German players, but manages to keep the ball.

118:15 – A third throw in succession and Bronze is guarding the touchline to run the clock further down.

118:22 – Two German players throw up their weapons in desperation as Bronze proceeds to take the throw.

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118:36 – Germany is preparing to take the throw but England coach Sarina Wigman has decided to do everything. Nikita Parris will replace Lauren Hemp, who starts off the field at a very slow pace, soaking up the applause of the crowd. The referee runs to try and speed him up but Ganja is not rushing.

Lauren Hemp takes the praise of the Wembley crowd as she is replaced

Lauren Hemp takes the praise of the Wembley crowd as she is replaced

119:26 – Resume game – England have taken 50 seconds out of play.

119:35 – Kelly runs to the corner once again, with help from Rousseau. England won a throw and Kelly was so pleased with Russo that she hugged him!

Kelly and Rousseau once again aligned well to advance Germany

Kelly and Rousseau once again aligned well to advance Germany

119:48 – Dorson-Khajeh very aggressively returns the ball to Kelly for a throw. England just smiles. Germany is getting injured.

Kelly smiles after Dorson aggressively returns the ball to him in the dying seconds

Kelly smiles after Dorson aggressively returns the ball to him in the dying seconds

120 – Two minutes extra time has been declared.

120:13 – Bronze is tied at the touchline for an England free-kick. Kelly is in no hurry to take it. The cameras capture the hand angrily tapping on an imaginary wristwatch.

Lucy Bronze is tied close to the touchline as German disappointments begin to show

Lucy Bronze is tied close to the touchline as German disappointments begin to show

120:45 – Bronze won another throw in the corner. Huth angrily tossed the ball back.

120:55 – As Bronze drops the ball, Huth once again shows the referee using his imaginary watch.

Germany's Svenja Huth protests angrily with referee about England wasting time

Germany’s Svenja Huth protests angrily with referee about England wasting time

121:18 – Throw is still not taken.

121:41 – Germany wins a free-kick and will launch the ball for one last attempt.

122 – Jill Scott wins her header and that’s it, the final whistle blows and England have done so. Wembley jumped with joy.