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The Roaring Lionesses Advance To The World Cup Final

World Cup co-hosts Australia took on Euro winners England in Sydney, with a place in the World Cup final against Spain on the line. After a back-and-forth game for most of the first half, with Mary Earps and Mackenzie Arnold providing some great saves for their respective countries, It would eventually be England to break the deadlock going into the half with a thunderous strike from Ella Toone to give England the lead.

Despite a stunning Sam Kerr equaliser, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo would both go on to score and send England to a World Cup Final.

Sam Kerr gave England a scare early on as she was on the receiving end of a seemingly great cross, giving her a chance to go one-on-one with Mary Earps, who rushed out to save Kerr's effort expertly, but the flag would go up for offside anyway as Kerr moved a fraction early.

England would shortly have an opportunity of their own as Greenwood would provide a great opportunity for Georgia Stanway, whose shot was saved by penalty shootout hero Mckensie Arnold, which resulted in an England corner that was eventually cleared after a panicked scramble in the penalty area.

As the first half went on, England began to look lively when Hemp won the flick on, and then Toone and Russo with a one-two providing Russo with an opportunity to shoot but couldn't find the right angle and hit the side netting.

Mackenzie Arnold would provide a clutch save again for Australia, who floated out of the six-yard box and plucked Greenwood's cross out of the air, providing a great moment for fans to cheer and providing Australia with a shift in momentum.

After a half of back-and-forth football England would eventually break the deadlock in the last ten minutes of the first half as Alessia Russo provided a great ball for Ella Toone, who would provide a thunderous strike past Arnold into the top right corner to give England a 1-0 lead heading into the half time break.

Lauren Hemp would create a chance for England in the second half with a strike aimed at the top right corner but was met by an outstanding save from Mackensie Arnold, awarding England a corner, which Greenwood would deliver into the box for Bright who headed wide of the goal.

After a lot of pressure from England, Australia would eventually get a great opportunity to score as the ball would fall to Sam Kerr who struck a fantastic shot from long distance which gave Mary Earps no chance of saving as the ball would smash into the back of the goal drawing Australia level.

Australia would continue the pressure and eventually find themselves awarded a corner which was swung into the box well and would just be parried away by Mary Earps.

England would come agnoingly close not long after as Hemp delivered a ball into the box for Russo who managed to get her head to it but couldn't find the right angle to aim it towards goal.

This pressure would continue as this time Lauren Hemp would receive a long ball from Milly Bright and time her run perfectly, to then slot the ball past Mackensie Arnold to put England back in front.

Mary Fowler would provide Sam Kerr with one of the better opportunities to draw Australia back level who reached the ball with her head but couldn't aim goalwards, this pressure would continue as Australia would get another chance through as Catley would shoot and have her effort parried back into danger by Earps and a quick English defence would rush to the ball and prevent Australia from scoring.

An Australian corner would provide another lifeline as the ball was played in and deflected outwards to find Sam Kerr who couldn't hit the target from close range as her effort flew above the bar.

This gave England back possession which they would use to their advantage to increase their lead even more after great forward play from Lauren Hemp realised the ball perfectly to Russo who shot the ball across Arnold to put england 3-1 ultimately seeing the game out and sending England to the World Cup Final.

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