England secure historic win to reach FIFA Women's World Cup final


FOOTBALL England secure historic win to reach FIFA Women's World Cup final

Festus Chuma 14:30 - 16.08.2023

England and Spain to battle for FIFA Women’s World Cup glory at Stadium Australia on Sunday.

England and Spain will trade tackles in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup at Stadium Australia on Sunday.

The Lionesses overcame Australia with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon in the second semi-final, while Spain defeated Sweden 2-1 on Tuesday in Auckland.

Ella Toone scored the opening goal for England in the 36th minute, but Sam Kerr netted the equaliser in the 63rd minute for the hosts.

Lauren Hemp restored England's lead in the 71st minute, before Alessia Russo put the game to bed in the 86th minute of the match.

From the opening whistle, both teams exhibited a palpable sense of urgency, fully aware of the stakes at hand. 

The tension on the field was matched by the electric atmosphere in the stadium, as fans from around the world gathered to witness history in the making.

England struck first, with Ella Tone making her mark in the 36th minute. A well-executed play saw Tone seize an opportunity and clinically slot the ball into the net, sending the Lionesses' faithful into rapturous celebration.

 The goal not only bolstered England's confidence but also underscored their intent to seize control of the match.

However, Australia swiftly responded, showcasing their tenacity and skill. In the 63rd minute, Sam Kerr, a player known for her goal-scoring prowess, found the back of the net, leveling the playing field and reigniting the hopes of the Australian supporters. 

Kerr's strike injected renewed energy into the match, setting the stage for a gripping contest between two relentless teams.

As the game intensified, England reasserted their dominance. Lauren Hemp, a standout player throughout the tournament, showcased her brilliance once again by delivering a crucial goal in the 71st minute.

 Hemp's goal not only swung the momentum back in England's favour but also demonstrated her ability to perform under pressure. With the lead reclaimed, the Lionesses demonstrated remarkable composure as they navigated the closing moments of the match.

The final blow was delivered by Alessia Russo in the 86th minute, sealing England's triumph and extinguishing any hopes of an Australian comeback.

 Russo's clinical finish put the result beyond doubt, capping off a sensational performance by the Lionesses and ensuring their spot in the much-coveted final.