England reached their first Women’s World Cup final on Wednesday, stunning Australia 3-1 in the semifinals. The Lionesses, who are the current European champions, were the better team for much of the match and deserved their victory.
Starting 11 For Both Teams
Key Moments In Australia V England Semifinal
Toone scores her first goal of the tournament to give the Lionesses the lead! It is kicked off by a throw-in on the left side. The ball finds its way to Russo on the left side of the box, who spots the attacking midfielder to her right. Toone squares up and fires in an accurate strike towards the top corner of the far post, which is just too good for Arnold.
Kerr sends Australian fans into ecstasy with a phenomenal goal from distance! The Chelsea forward is released just after the halfway line with a sublime pass. She powers through towards goal, and with her marker closing in, smashes an unbelievable strike from outside the box which beats Earps all ends up. This could easily be the goal of the tournament given the circumstances and occasion.
Hemp silences Stadium Australia with a goal that results from a defensive blunder! A long ball from Bright bounces innocuously towards the Australian backline. Hemp is in the thick of it, and is able to time her run and dislodge the ball away. She quickly turns to fire a ground shot towards the far post from the left side of the box which completely deceives Arnold.
Russo affords England one foot in the World Cup final! She is found on the right side after a counter is sprung from the earlier corner. She strikes a wonderful effort towards the far post which beats Arnold all ends up. The Australian players look down and out as their World Cup hopes look done and dusted.
- Ella Toone: Ella Ann Toone is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Women’s Super League club Manchester United and the England national team.
- Sam Kerr: Samantha May Kerr OAM is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League and the Australia women’s national team, which she has captained since 2019.
- Alessia Russo: The Manchester United forward came off the bench to score the third goal, which put the game to bed. She is a powerful and athletic player who is good in the air.
- Lauren Hemp: Lauren May Hemp is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Women’s Super League club Manchester City and the England national team.
England will face Spain in the final on Sunday. The Spanish are the defending champions and are one of the favorites to win the tournament again. However, England will be confident of their chances after their impressive performance against Australia.
The final will be a close and exciting match, but England will be hoping to lift the trophy and end their 53-year wait for a major title.