Host Australia and European champions England meet in Sydney on Wednesday morning for the semi-final of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
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The Lionesses came from behind to win their quarter-final against Colombia on Saturday as they equaled their best performance at a World Cup by reaching the semi-finals for the third consecutive tournament.
Sarina Wiegman’s side fell behind in the 44th minute but Lauren Hemp found the back of the net seven minutes into first-half stoppage time to send the teams into the break.
Alessio Russo’s second goal of the tournament midway through the second half saw England through to the semi-finals, where they will play hosts Australia.
It was another not-quite-great performance from the European champions, but it was an improvement on their round of 16 win over Nigeria, in which the Lionesses were largely outplayed before progressing via a session shots on goal.
England’s top scorer and the competition’s top assist, Lauren James, remains sidelined for the semi-final after FIFA officials ruled her red card against Nigeria merited a two-match ban.
Australia reached the last four of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in their country’s history after beating France in a marathon penalty shootout in Brisbane in the quarter-finals on Saturday morning.
It took 10 penalties apiece before a winner was found, as Matildas substitute Cortnee Vine hit the game-winning penalty to give them a 7-6 shootout win after 120 previously scoreless minutes.
Tony Gustavsson’s side will feel his country’s support as the hosts bid to reach the World Cup final for the first time.
The two nations have met six times already, with England leading the head-to-head 3-2, but the Matildas are the only nation to beat the Lionesses since Wiegman took charge in 2021, with that defeat in 37 upcoming matches. in London earlier this year.
How to watch Australia v England
- Location: Australia Stadium, Sydney
- Date and time: Wednesday August 16, 2023, 11 a.m.
- How to watch: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
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