Russo wins Goal of the Tournament prize

Saturday 06 August 2022 13:38

Manchester United Women’s forward Alessia Russo has won Euro 2022’s Goal of the Tournament prize for her brilliant backheel in England’s win against Sweden.

Alessia’s goal was initially included in the top-10 shortlist created by UEFA’s Technical Observer panel before topping the all-important fan vote. 

The strike came in the 68th minute and was the Lionesses’ third goal of their triumphant semi-final at Bramall Lane, which eventually finished 4-0. 

That result of course set up a European Championship final with Germany at Wembley which Russo and co went on to lift the trophy at the conclusion of. 


With England 2-0 up in the last-four clash, our no.23 was introduced from the bench, having already scored three times as a substitute in the competition. 

Russo wasted little time in making her mark once more, finding the net just over 10 minutes later. After her initial effort was saved by the Swedish goalkeeper, the forward produced an instinctive and superb backheel that evaded everyone in its path and found the net. 

The effort all-but sealed England’s place in the final and has now won the competition’s Goal of the Tournament award. 
Ella Toone’s superb chip in the final finished as the runner-up in the fan poll while Alexandra Popp’s first goal in Germany’s last-four meeting with France came third. 

Russo’s brilliant second strike against Northern Ireland in the group stage had also made the initial top-10 list. 

Earps named in Team of the Tournament


United’s Mary has been commended for her contribution to England’s European Championship win.


To celebrate Russo's incredible backheel against Sweden in the Euro 2022 semi-final, and a summer to remember for Alessia and our Lionesses, we are giving supporters a chance to win a United shirt and a poster signed by the striker herself!

You can enter the competition here until it closes at 23:59 BST on Sunday 7 August, so get involved!


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