England’s Lionesses have reached the ultimate of the Girls’s World Cup after beating Australia 3-1 in an exhilarating semi-final.
The European champions took on the Matildas at Sydney’s sold-out Stadium Australia, the place the vast majority of the 75,000 in attendance had been backing the match co-hosts.
The tense showdown introduced early possibilities at each ends, however England struck the primary blow with an impressive strike from Ella Toone silencing the group and giving the Lionesses a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Fan parks throughout London erupted as Toone’s strike hit the again of the web.
Toone’s objective was the primary Australia had conceded in 5 hours and 54 minutes – after dropping 3-2 to Nigeria within the group phases, the Matildas went on to maintain three clear sheets.
Australia wanted some magic to maintain their World Cup hopes alive – and located it in striker Sam Kerr, who picked up the ball on the half-way line and hit dwelling from 25 yards out to degree the match.
However England weren’t fazed and did what they needed to do to e-book themselves a spot within the international showpiece with a second objective – this time from Lauren Hemp, who fired the ball previous Australia’s keeper Mackenzie Arnold 20 minutes from time.
Alessia Russo wrapped up proceedings with a objective within the 86th minute.
The Lionesses will play Spain within the ultimate on Sunday in Sydney, with kick-off at 11am.
Sweden will face Australia within the third-place play-off on Saturday in Brisbane at 9am.