Chloe Kelly's tribute to US women's football star Brandi Chastain in goal celebration

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Chloe Kelly mimicks Brandi Chastain's iconic celebration after Euros winner
Chloe Kelly mimicks Brandi Chastain's iconic celebration after Euros winner

England's Chloe Kelly was quick to whip her shirt off after her extra time Lionesses winner – mimicking the celebration of women's football icon Brandi Chastain 23 years earlier.

The Lionesses were crowned European champions at Wembley after a nail-biting 2-1 win over Germany on Sunday night, with Kelly scoring in the 110th minute.

With the final seemingly destined for a penalty shootout, the 24-year-old substitute prodded the ball past German keeper Merle Frohms to restore the tournament hosts’ lead.

Kelly hesitated to see if her goal had been allowed, checking over her shoulder to see the lineswoman give the green light – confirming England had made history at Wembley.

She whipped her shirt off and charged around the pitch in jubilation as her teammates gave chase.

England's Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022.
England's Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game. (PA)
England's Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022.
Chloe Kelly's goal pushed them to glory. (PA)
England's Chloe Kelly scores her sides second goal of the game during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 31, 2022.
Chloe Kelly managed to push the ball past Germany's keeper as Wembley stadium looked on. (PA)

Her celebration mirrored that of US football star Chastain in 1999, who did the same thing after scoring the decisive shootout penalty in the World Cup final against China.

In what was described as one of the "most iconic" pictures in women's football history, Chastain ripped her shirt off and skidded to her knees.

Kelly's apparent tribute did not go unnoticed by the US star either, who congratulated the Lioness on her extra time winner.

Watch: Brandi Chastain congratulates Chloe Kelly over goal celebration and 'huge' win for Lionesses

United States midfielder Brandi Chastain celebrates her winning penalty kick to defeat China 5-4 at the Women's World Cup soccer final between the two countries, July 10, 1999 at the Rose Bowl. The United States women's national soccer team were named Sportswomen of the Year (1999) by Sports Illustrated magazine.

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Chloe Kelly's celebration mirrored Brandi Chastain's. (Reuters)

Sunday's game was still in play when Chastain took to social media to congratulate Kelly, writing: “I see you @Chloe_Kelly98 well done. Enjoy the free rounds of pints and dinners for the rest of your life from all of England. Cheers!”

Kelly had come back from injury before her stunning goal, having sustained a right anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for Manchester City against Birmingham in May 2021.

She has spent over a year on the sidelines, and only got back to first-team action in April.

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."

Brandi Chastain took to Twitter to congratulate Kelly's goal. (Twitter)
Brandi Chastain took to Twitter to congratulate Kelly's goal. (Twitter)

Eight-time champions Germany – who had lost star forward Alexandra Popp to injury in the warm-up – equalised with 11 minutes of normal time remaining through Lina Magull, and the game looked on course for a penalty shoot-out until Kelly’s effort fired Sarina Wiegman’s side to glory.

A year on from the men’s team losing their Euros final at the stadium on penalties to Italy, England can celebrate the first piece of major silverware for a senior side since the men’s 1966 World Cup triumph over West Germany.

And there was jubilation at the final whistle as the players tried to take in what they had done amid an almighty roar from the 87,192 crowd – the biggest-ever attendance for any Euros match, men’s or women’s.

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