The victory was well deserved, and England had the most possession and the most chances. Ella Toone opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a fine shot into the top corner. Australia, who had deliberately allowed the opposition to make the play, had to do something, and that resulted in some good, carelessly handled chances.
Australia continued to search for an equalizing goal in the second half with opportunistic play. This led to an equalizer in the 63rd minute. The star player, Sam Kerr, the all-time top scorer for the Matildas, surprised England goalkeeper Mary Erbis with a superb long shot.
The English responded again within eight minutes. They took the lead again, this time through Lauren Hemp, who capitalized on a questionable performance by the Australian defence. After that Australia pressed hard and had huge chances, but the English managed to prevent a draw with a lot of art and flying.
In the 87th minute, Alessia Russo put an end to all English uncertainty by shooting 3-1, thus making it to the final.
This is the second time in a row that Sarina Wiegmann has reached the final of the World Cup as a coach. Four years ago, I reached the final with the Orange team. The United States at the time was very strong in France 2-0.
This is the fourth time that Wegman has been in a major tournament final, because in 2017 she won the European Championship with the Netherlands, and last year she did so with England.
Spain is waiting for the final match, which beat Sweden 2-1 yesterday.
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