World reacts to celebration of Chloe Kelly’s shirt removal for England

There is a long history of national football teams representing England and Germany playing each other at key stages of major international tournaments, and it has generally been a difficult history for England. The 2022 UEFA Women’s Championship final at Wembley Stadium in England on Sunday went the other way. Ella Toone scored for the Three Lions in the 62nd minute but Lina Magull equalized for Germany in the 79th. This set up extra time and sent the game to penalties, a particular phase which saw many English defeats against Germany.

But England’s Chloe Kelly ensured that didn’t happen, scoring the decisive goal in the 110th minute (the 20th minute of 30 in extra time) by sending a loose ball into the box after a corner kick. It was his first international goal, and it gave the Three Lions a 2-1 lead. They would hang on to that lead for victory and their first major international football title (men’s or women’s) since winning the FIFA World Cup on home soil in 1966. And that goal also set Kelly up for a celebration of shirt removal that called Brandi back. Chastain is famous for the USA in the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Here is that goal and celebration:

The football world had a lot to say about the goal, the win and the celebration:

After being officially banned as a team until 1972, the England women’s team have been a relatively regular presence in major tournaments for the past two decades, but often without achieving the best results. But they seem to be on the rise recently; they won bronze at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver and fourth at that event in 2019 in France. Their previous best result in the Euros was second in 2009, however. So it’s a new brand for them, and it should set them up for more success at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next summer.

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