England has etched a new chapter in history, securing their inaugural appearance in the Women’s World Cup final following a 3-1 victory over Australia. This sets the stage for a decisive encounter against Spain on Sunday.
The pre-game discussions revolved around which team would be labeled the underdog – the reigning Euro 2022 champions or the co-hosts of the tournament – as well as the extensive sports history shared between the two nations.
These elements combined to create a captivating semi-final showdown at Stadium Australia. England took the lead through Ella Toone (36), who skillfully bent the ball into the net, marking the first World Cup goal Australia had conceded since their second group stage match against Nigeria, a streak lasting over five hours.
Australia witnessed the return of their influential captain, Sam Kerr, to the starting lineup, and she inevitably left her mark on the game in the 63rd minute by delivering a remarkable strike from approximately 25 yards out.
However, England’s experience in the tournament began to shine as Lauren Hemp (71) promptly reclaimed the lead for the Lionesses. Alessia Russo (86) then solidified their position in the upcoming Sunday final against Spain.
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