England defeated Australia in the second FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 semifinal, advancing to the final against Spain. The dramatic final was set up by Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo’s final blows. After twice failing to get to the semifinals, the Lionesses showed unwavering determination to avoid history. The European champions took advantage of their first final appearance to get their names on the trophy.
Fifa’s Women’s World Cup: England beats Australia to reach final
The momentum swung in England’s favor nine minutes before halftime when Ella Toone of Manchester United blasted an incredible strike from barely inside the box, sending the ball rocketing into the top right corner.
Sam Kerr powered the home team with a world-class goal in his tournament debut. However, England held firm, and Lauren Hemp pushed her way into the area and scored a crucial goal. England advances to the much-anticipated final on Sunday at Stadium Australia against a tough Spanish team that defeated Sweden in the semifinals. Alessia Russo clinched the win with barely minutes left by gently putting the icing on the cake with her right foot.
England’s route to the Championship has been one of perseverance and improvement, exemplified by their European Championship last year under Coach Sarina Wiegman. Australia had their best World Cup ever despite their defeat, a journey capped by their stunning performance. Despite the loss, the squad still has a third-place playoff versus Sweden on the horizon. It will provide another opportunity to demonstrate their ability on the world stage.
The match’s intensity saw both teams navigate tense starts, with Australia attempting to find their foothold. The game was characterized by spectacular saves and clever passes, with important moments demonstrating both teams’ grit and drive. England’s disciplined performance ultimately carried them to the final, setting up an exciting championship match against Spain.