England defeats Australia in the semi-final of the Women Soccer World Cup

The Australian Matildas have been defeated by European champions England 3-1 in the FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup semi-final.

England had the majority of possession throughout the game and particularly so in the early stages. Aussie goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold made a good save early after Georgia Stanway found space in behind.

The English women went ahead when attacking midfielder Ella Toone found space on the edge of the area. Her strike into the top corner of the net was sublime, and England had the lead at the half-time break.

Australia’s star striker Sam Kerr equalized for the Matildas in the 63rd minute with a powerful run and a 30-meter shot.

A defensive error from the Australian defence allowed Lauren Hemp an opportunity to retake the lead for England.

Alessia Russo sealed it for England in the 86th minute.

The Matildas are guaranteed their best ever finish at a FIFA Women’s World Cup. They will play Sweden in the third-place playoff in Brisbane on Saturday.