Chloe Kelly celebrates a goal against Germany.

There is a long history of national soccer teams representing England and Germany colliding in key stages of major international tournaments, and it’s usually been a fraught history for England. The 2022 UEFA Women’s Championship final at England’s Wembley Stadium Sunday went the other way, though. Ella Toone scored for the Three Lions in the 62nd minute, but Lina Magull equalized for Germany in the 79th. That set up extra time, and sent the match ticking towards penalties, a particular phase that’s seen a lot of English losses to Germany.

But England‘s Chloe Kelly made sure that didn’t happen, scoring the decisive goal in the 110th minute (the 20th minute of 30 in extra time)  by knocking in a loose ball in the box after a corner. That was her first international goal, and it gave the Three Lions a 2-1 lead. They would hang on to that lead for the victory, and their first major international soccer title (men’s or women’s) since the men’s home FIFA World Cup win in 1966. And this goal also set Kelly up for a shirt-removing celebration that recalled Brandi Chastain’s famed one for the U.S. in the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Here’s that goal and celebration:

The soccer world had plenty to say about the goal, the win, and the celebration:

After being officially prohibited as a team until 1972, the English women’s team has been a relatively regular presence in major tournaments for the last couple decades, but often without achieving top results. But they seem to be on the way up recently; they claimed bronze at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, and fourth at that event in 2019 in France. Their previous best Euros finish was second in 2009, though. So this is a new mark 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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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.