Fans salute Chloe Kelly after the substitute whipped off her shirt and ran deliriously around the pitch – echoing American legend Brandi Chastain – after scoring the WINNER for England in the Euro 2022 final!
- Chloe Kelly’s winner gave England their first major trophy in women’s football
- The close-range strike was her first goal in competitive international football
- It came just months after the 24-year-old returned from an ACL injury
- England fans lauded her on twitter, with one calling her ‘top class’ after the goal
Chloe Kelly made history with an extra-time winner in Sunday’s Euro final, giving England their first major trophy in women’s football.
The substitute took her shirt off after poking the ball home from close range and ran around the pitch with her euphoric teammates.
It would have been an emotional moment for the 24-year-old who returned from an ACL injury earlier this year. The winner was her first competitive international goal.
Chloe Kelly’s winner gave England their first major trophy in women’s football
Kelly’s celebration drew comparisons with Brandi Chastain’s famous celebration in 1999
She gave English football its Brandi Chastain moment in her celebration, whirling her shirt around her head in a moment of glorious abandon, as she raced away pursued by ecstatic team-mates.
It drew comparisons with former USA international Chastain, who shot to fame in 1999 after she celebrated scoring her country’s winning penalty in the World Cup final by ripping off her shirt, waving it around her head and dropping to her knees.
And fans lauded Man City star after her goal, saying: ‘Chloe Kelly is top class. How she hasn’t been starting games is beyond me,’ tweeted one fan after the late goal.
Another commented: ‘Chloe Kelly deserves that goal. Ella has been excellent whenever she’s come off the bench, she ran the line, got the crowd going and now instinctive play. Love it. It’s coming home!’
Others offered simpler messages of support such as ‘Chloe Kelly. You legend!’ and ‘Yes Chloe Kelly!! Its got to be coming home now.’
The win gives England their first ever major trophy in women’s football, and the first Euros win for any England side.
It was England’s first ever win at a major tournament in women’s football
Speaking after the game, Kelly said: ‘It’s amazing, this is unreal. Honestly, it’s amazing. Thank you everyone who came out to support us. It’s unbelievable.
‘Thank you to everyone who played a part in my rehab. To be here and score a winner, it’s special. All my family are here, my sister, my nephews, everyone. I just want to celebrate now.’
The 24-year-old’s winner came after Ella Toone’s delicate chip was canceled out by a goal from Lina Magull.
It was Germany’s first loss in a women’s Euros final after eight wins.
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