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England eliminate Australia to reach Women’s World Cup final

England have beaten host nation Australia 3-1 to reach the Women’s World Cup final in Sydney.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will face Spain for the chance to be crowned world champions for the first time on Sunday, after a 3-1 win over Australia at a sold-out Stadium Australia.


Ella Toone opened the scoring for the Lionesses with a stunning strike, as the Manchester United midfielder lashed into the top corner with the outside of the boot.

England controlled the first half but were pegged back when Australia’s record goalscorer Sam Kerr – passed fit to start for the first time in the tournament – smashed home an equaliser from distance after carrying the ball from inside her own half.

England responded and Lauren Hemp capitalised on a defensive mistake to fire the Lionesses back ahead, before Alessia Russo ensured passage to Sunday’s final with a late third.

The Lionesses are the first English side to reach a World Cup final since 1966 and will hope to make it back-to-back major tournament triumphs, after lifting European Championship on home soil last summer.

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