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England’s dream comes true: Lionesses reach first Women’s World Cup final



England thwarted Australia’s co-hosting celebration, securing a spot in the Women’s World Cup final for the very first time during a momentous night in Sydney.

Quietening a packed audience at Stadium Australia, the Lionesses achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first English team since 1966 to advance to the final on the global platform.

It caps a sensational two years under manager Sarina Wiegman as England, crowned European champions for the first time last year on home soil, showed their superiority and know-how to see off an Australia side spurred on by a nation who have been inspired by the Matildas’ success.

Ella Toone gave England the lead in the first half with a superb first-time strike which sailed into the top corner.

The Lionesses controlled proceedings until the second half when Australia threw everything at them and star striker Sam Kerr – starting her first match of the tournament – struck a 25-yard stunner over goalkeeper Mary Earps’ head to make it 1-1.

But England, as they so often do, found a way back into the game when Lauren Hemp pounced on a defensive error to restore their lead, before Alessia Russo made sure of victory late on to set up a final with Spain.