England won a major women’s tournament for the first time as Chloe Kelly’s extra-time goal earned them a 2-1 victory over Germany in a sold-out match at Wembley on Sunday.
In front of a record crowd of 87,192 for any match in European Championship history, Kelly headed home a loose ball from close range to end English football’s 56-year wait for a World Cup or Euro triumph.
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England looked set for victory in the 90th minute when substitute Ella Toon’s superb chip on Merrill Fromms put the hosts ahead.
Germany showed extraordinary resilience to bounce back as Lena Magal equalized 11 minutes from time.
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But for once, England are not to be denied a major tournament success.
Kelly battled through an anterior cruciate ligament tear to be fit in time for the tournament and made himself a national hero by being in the right place to pounce when Germany failed to clear a corner in the 110th minute.
The Manchester City winger tore off his shirt in celebration in scenes reminiscent of Miami’s famous reaction to scoring the winning penalty for the USA at the 1999 World Cup.
Luck did not favor Germany, who lost captain and top goalscorer Alexandra Popp to a muscle injury in the warm-up.
But England will feel their luck is running out for a while as 12 months after the Three Lions were beaten on penalties by Italy in the Euro 2020 men’s final, the country’s women put in a better performance.
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