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Congratulations to the Lionesses!

At Cupello we are thrilled by England’s success as they are crowned European Champions in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley in what was a wonderful game between two teams determined to win!

It was a moment in England no one had experienced for 56 years. England have won a major trophy they are are European champions. Let that sink in, England are European Champions.

There were 10 minutes left of extra time when Chloe Kelly scored the winner, just when we were all beginning to think that penalties were inevitable, tension in everybody watching, dreading what was to come. So when Kelly scored the explosion of noise, of relief and elation was understandable. England don't do this.

Remember last year when England men lost to Italy after leading in the European Championship final, and the heartache that followed – this was a liberation from that. And a record crowd of 87,192 fans let that relief out.

One to remember forever

Kelly sprinting across the turf at Wembley chased by her teammates with her white England shirt whirling around her head. Surely an iconic moment that will be shown forever around the world.

When England took the lead in what seemed like a lifetime ago, Ella Toone, on the hour from a fabulous first time ball by Keira Walsh, was through on goal . She executed an amazing chip that seemed to be in the air forever dropping into the net with the German goalkeeper stranded. Fabulous.

But Germany came and came in that second half, to be honest they deserved their equaliser from a clever worked move that Lina Magull turned into the net. But it set up the drama of extra time. It was a shot a rebound and a scuff into the net with an anxious look at the referee before the joy and that sprint across the pitch.

The expected onslaught from Germany in those final few minutes never came. England kept the ball with Germany a beaten side. England were European Champions.

Kelly recovers from injury

Incredibly Kelly suffered a bad injury a year ago with a cruciate knee ligament tear. She missed the Olympic Games and was a doubt here... but boy has she arrived.

Kelly said: “This is what dreams are made of. I want to thank everyone who took part in my rehab. I always believed I would be here.”

She has seven siblings and played football with her five brothers – and she is the youngest. They helped make her tough enough for moments like this. “If I was on the floor, it was: ‘Get up or you don’t play with us’.” No doubt they also let out their emotions watching her win the game for England.

Tributes

The Queen led the tributes to the team: "It is a significant achievement for the entire team, including your support staff.

"The Championships and your performance in them have rightly won praise. However, your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

"You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.”

And Cupello adds to that: Women's soccer will never be the same...

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