England beat Australia 3-1 to reach FIFA Women’s World Cup Final

Australia v England: Semi Final - FIFA Women's World Cup
Ella Toone gives England the lead against Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

England won through to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final with a 3-1 semi-final victory over co-hosts Australia.

The Lionesses will meet Spain in Sunday’s showdown with kick-off at 11am UK time, while Australia play Sweden in Saturday morning’s third-place match.

Mary Earps blocked Sam Kerr on an early break which turned out to be from an offside position, before Georgia Stanway’s volley was kept out by Mackenzie Arnold.

Lucy Bronze diverted a far-post shot by Hayley Raso out for a corner and Alessia Russo could only hit the side-netting under pressure.

England took a 36th-minute lead, when Russo’s cut-back was thumped into the far top corner by Ella Toone.

Hemp hit a half-volley after the break which Arnold parried away for a corner, from which Millie Bright headed narrowly wide.

Australia v England: Semi Final - FIFA Women's World Cup
Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates after scoring her team’s equaliser. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Australia were level in the 63rd minute, Kerr sent racing toward goal and finding the net from 25 yards.

Russo headed across Arnold and inches wide of the far post, moments later Bright’s long ball wasn’t dealt with and Hemp hit home the loose ball.

Australia v England: Semi Final - FIFA Women's World Cup
Lauren Hemp of England scores her team’s second goal. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Kerr headed over from Mary Fowler’s fine ball, Mary Earps parried a Courtnee Vine effort before England smuggled the rebound away.

Kerr put another close-range chance wide, then straight down the other end Hemp played through Russo to finish perfectly and make it 3-1 with four minutes of the 90 left.

England's forward #23 Alessia Russo celebrates
Alessia Russo celebrates after making it 3-1 late on. (Photo by STEVE CHRISTO/AFP via Getty Images)

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