Chloe Kelly is England’s hero after her goal brought football home.
Kelly came off the bench in the 64th-minute of the Euro 2022 final, just two minutes after Ella Toone had given the Three Lions the lead with a brilliant dinked finish.
However, Germany forced the final into extra-time after Lina Magull fired home from close range with 10 minutes remaining.
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And just when every England fan was starting to think about the dreaded penalty shootout against Germany, Kelly seized her moment.
The Germans failed to clear a dangerous corner and Kelly was on hand to poke the ball home from close range.
VIDEO: Kelly’s goal brings football home for England
Cue pandemonium by the 87,192 attendance – an all-time record in both men’s and women’s Euros.
Kelly produced an iconic celebration as she wheeled away with her shirt over her head. It was her first ever international goal and what a time to score it.
She may have been booked for her celebrations but that’s a small price to pay for bringing football home.
After the match, Kelly was absolutely buzzing. Hardly surprising, is it?
When asked to put into words how she felt by BBC in her post-match interview, Kelly had other things on her mind. That’s because the iconic ‘Sweet Caroline’ started blaring out around Wembley. Was she going to miss that moment with her teammates? Not a chance. She dropped her mic and ran off to celebrate with the jubilant English players.
VIDEO: Kelly drops BBC mic to celebrate to ‘Sweet Caroline’
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Kelly and her Lioness teammates have inspired an entire nation and we’re all incredibly proud of what they’ve done this summer.
This could just be the start of women’s football in this country.
Kelly has served as a super-sub for England all-tournament, but on this occasion she made as crucial an impact as she will ever make in any match –– prodding home in extra time to seal the most memorable of victories.
The Manchester City winger had three shots after replacing Beth Mead and secured a FotMob rating of 7.33. Kelly’s City teammate, Keira Walsh, was also outstanding on the night and produced an inch-perfect pass for Ella Toone to score the Lionesses’ opener.
Walsh created three chances for her teammates, completed 45 passes and achieved a FotMob rating of 8.5 –– the highest of any player on the night.
Though it’s the forwards who will steal the headlines, England’s defence was superb throughout the contest and captain Leah Williamson led from the front.
Wiegman has assembled a formidable backline of Williamson, Millie Bright, Rachel Daly and Lucy Bronze, with each of them registering a FotMob rating of above seven.
In truth, the entire England squad is worthy of being showered with praise. These 23 players have achieved something that no England women’s side has ever achieved before and on home soil, no less.
In front of more than 87,000 people, Wiegman’s team avenged the agony of Gareth Southgate’s side last year and created history. As such, each member of this team are heroes and it will forever remain that way.
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