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The 2022 European Championship is over, but the enthusiasm injected into the sport means this event will become a landmark moment for women's football.

It was the ladies that finally brought football home and they did it by beating the record eight-time champions Germany 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday night.

While the achievements of England's women's football team will be celebrated for decades, it's the memories that make for the indelible moments. Below, Sportsmail runs you through the top 10 moments of the Lionesses' incredible triumph.

England lifted the European Championship trophy after beating Germany 2-1 on Sunday

England lifted the European Championship trophy after beating Germany 2-1 on Sunday

Russo's backheel

The Lionesses romped to a 4-0 victory in their semi-final against Sweden, but the pick of the goals came via Alessia Russo. 

Manchester United star Russo missed a great opportunity with the goal at her mercy by firing straight at Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

But the 23-year-old reacted first to the rebound, used her strength to fend off the defender and executed an audacious backheel that nutmegged the dumbfounded 'keeper in a moment that shocked the world.

Below, Sportsmail runs through the top 10 moments of the Lionesses' victorious campaign

Striker Alessia Russo's executed a brilliant backheel against Sweden in the semi-final

Subs to the rescue against Spain

The closest England came to crashing out of the Euros came in their quarter-final clash with Spain. After struggling for possession in the first-half, the Lionesses were lucky to make it to the break still all square.

But Esther Gonzalez's goal really sent nerves around England supporters and put them behind in a critical knockout game. Luckily for the Lionesses, Sarina Wiegman plan was about to kick into action.

The introductions of Lucy Toone, Alessia Russo and Chloe Kelly just after half-time eventually changed the tide for Wiegman's ladies. 

Russo and Toone combined for the latter to score a late equaliser to take the game into extra time, before Georgia Stanway scored a stunning, rising effort to seal the win. 

Not only had England shown they could beat the teams considered among the favourites before the tournament, but also that they could battle through adversity, albeit being roared on by a delirious crowd.

Unbridled joy and sports bras

Chloe Kelly scored a history-making goal in extra time against Germany to win the Women's European Championships and she celebrated by taking her shirt off and swinging it around over her head with delight.

It will no doubt become the iconic image of the tournament in the years to come and was plastered all over the front pages of the British press on Monday morning. 

But more famously the celebration echoed former US star Brandi Chastain, who tore off her shirt, and sunk to her knees in celebration in a black sports bra after scoring the winning penalty in the 1999 Women's World Cup final against China. 

'I see you,' Chastain, 54, tweeted Kelly moments after the final whistle.

Chloe Kelly's 'sports bra' celebration after scoring in the final at Wembley was instantly iconic

Chloe Kelly's 'sports bra' celebration after scoring in the final at Wembley was instantly iconic

Ella Toone's '10 out of 10' goal 

It's one of the biggest cliches going but it's always in the tight, cagey moments that you need your most talented players to produce some sort of magic. Luckily when the situation demanded it, England's players stepped up at Wembley.

With the final locked at 0-0 after an hour, Keira Walsh looked up, heard team-mate Toone call for the ball over the top and slammed a wonderfully weighted through ball into her path.

With defenders chasing and the goalkeeper coming out, the Manchester United star took her time, took a touch to set herself and deftly dinked the ball over Merle Frohms.

Men's star Raheem Sterling - who knows a thing or two about ruthless finishing in an England shirt - quickly tweeted: 'Composure 10/10... what a finish.'

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