Germany furious after being denied penalty for ‘clear handball’ in Euro 2022 final defeat to England

German manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg criticised the match official and VAR following her team's Euro 2022 heartbreak against England.

The eight-time winners of the competition were denied a ninth crown after Chloe Kelly's extra-time goal helped the Lionesses to a historic 2-1 victory at Wembley. 

England lifted their first major international title in front of a record 87,000 fans at the home of football.

Ella Toone opened the scoring for Sarina Wiegman's side, but the match was taken to extra-time after Lina Magull bagged the equaliser in the 80th minute.

England ultimately came out on top, though Germany were not impressed after being denied a first-half penalty.

Skipper Leah Williamson appeared to handle the ball on her own goal line, but despite a check from the Video Assistant Referee, the spot kick was not awarded.

Voss-Tecklenburg slammed referee Kateryna Monzul in the post-match press conference for not rechecking the incident herself.

The German manager said: "We managed to have some attacks, but what I'm thinking about now is there was a situation at 0-0 where there was a clear handball in the box and VAR looked at it and didn't award the penalty.

"In such a big game, it's difficult to cope with that. I'm asking, why didn't the referee look at it? That would have given us more safety if we'd scored."

She added: "On this level and in the final of a European championship, this didn't happen. Why didn't they look at it? Sometimes it happens to others, it happened to us today, and if it had happened to England I wouldn't be content either, it bothers me."

Voss-Tecklenburg also congratulated the Lionesses on the win, adding: "We were close but England withstood the pressure. Congratulations to them. We are very sad that we lost. We're in a process; it wasn't quite enough, so we have to do a little bit more. We grow from games like this."

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