For a short period of time, Australians can expect a major coup. Samantha Kerr leveled the game in the 63rd minute with a fine long-range shot. The Chelsea star’s first goal of the tournament, who was injured just before the domestic World Cup and only played in the knockout stages, sent the majority of the 75,000 fans at Australia Stadium into raptures.
However, it only lasted eight minutes. England’s Lauren Hemp acted as a spoilsport. The 23-year-old Manchester City striker took advantage of his opponents’ weak defense to score the winning goal after a long ball from centre-back Millie Bright.
The Australians then pushed for an equalizer but were unsuccessful. Kerr missed his best chance in the 85th minute when he was completely free in the six-yard box after a corner kick. However, the direct acceptance landed outside the goal and shortly after Alessia Russo made it all clear by 3:1. Both Russo and Hemp had already scored in Colombia’s 2-1 quarterfinal defeat.
England, who recently lost twice in consecutive semi-finals, entered the finals of the World Cup for the first time. There is a European clash against Spain on Sunday.
Wickman’s impressive streak
It is the fourth major final since 2017 for Dutch coach Sarina Wiegmann. During that time she won the European Championship on home soil with the Netherlands, and in 2019 she lost only to the United States in the World Cup final with the Orange women. In 2022 – a year after visiting the island – England celebrated victory under his guidance in the European Championship final against Germany. “I don’t know what to do,” the 53-year-old said. “I think I’m in a little fairy tale.”
The Matildas, who had created a sensation in the country with their strong performances, were back in action. Meet Sweden in the 3rd place match on Saturday. It will be a special match for Tony Gustavsson, the Swedish coach of the Australian team.
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