Women’s World Cup: England reached the World Cup final
Women’s World Cup 2023: England reached the Women’s World Cup final for the first time with their 3-1 victory over Australia.
On a historic evening in Sydney, England spoilt Australia’s party by reaching the Women’s World Cup final for the first time.
The Lionesses became the first English team since 1966 to reach a world final by defeating a sell-out crowd at Stadium Australia 3-1.
England, who won their first European championship on home soil last year, ended a sensational two years under Sarina Wiegman by showing their superiority and know-how to beat an Australia side spurred on by a nation inspired by the Matildas’ success, sealing a remarkable two-year period.
With a first-time strike that sailed into the top corner, Ella Toone gave England the lead in the first half.
As Australia threw everything at the Lionesses in the second half, Sam Kerr – starting her first match of the tournament – struck a stunning 25-yard strike over goalkeeper Mary Earps to level the game.
Alessia Russo sealed victory late on to set up a final with Spain on Sunday, after Lauren Hemp pounced on a defensive error to restore England’s lead.
The build-up to this semi-final has dominated every aspect of Australian life this week.
Five hours before kickoff, fans queued outside Sydney fan parks, train stations were decorated with yellow and green balloons, shops ran out of merchandise, and newspapers featured the players’ faces.
It was all about the co-hosts’ attempts to create history, but England quietly went about their business and arrived in Sydney ready to compete for a third consecutive Women’s World Cup semi-final.
As soon as they took over, they disrupted Australia’s rhythm and made every effort to frustrate the crowd, taking their time over throw-ins and breaking down dangerous counter-attacks.
For the most part, it worked, but when Kerr brought Australia back into the match, England had to find another way.
With their backs to the wall, England’s defence, who have been phenomenal throughout the tournament, made blocks, tackles, and headed away relentless balls.
In response to Australia’s equalizer, Wiegman said, “I was thinking we weren’t going to give it away.” Fortunately, it happened later in the game, so we were able to hold on.
As a team of winners, they have not yet finished creating history.