National & International Sport

England’s Lionesses reach first Women’s World Cup final

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In a historic evening in Sydney, England secured their place in the Women’s World Cup final for the first time, dampening the spirits of co-hosts Australia with a resounding 3-1 victory at Stadium Australia.

The Lionesses, under the guidance of manager Sarina Wiegman, achieved a feat not seen since 1966, making them the first England football team to reach a senior final on the global stage. Building on their success as European champions last year, England demonstrated their prowess and experience to overcome an Australia side fueled by national fervor for the Matildas’ achievements.

The breakthrough came in the first half when Ella Toone netted a stunning first-time strike, silencing the sell-out crowd by securing a 1-0 lead. Despite a spirited second-half effort from Australia, featuring a remarkable 25-yard goal by star striker Sam Kerr, England maintained their composure. Lauren Hemp capitalized on a defensive error, restoring the Lionesses’ lead, and Alessia Russo sealed the victory late in the game.

With this triumph, England advances to the final with confidence, having navigated each challenge in the tournament. Meanwhile, the Matildas, despite falling short, leave an indelible mark on this World Cup, aspiring to reshape perceptions of women’s football in the country. Their impactful journey was acknowledged with a warm applause during a lap of honor at full-time. England will now face Spain in the final on Sunday.

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