- Spain claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden to book a place in the Women’s World Cup final for the first time.
- La Roja will face either co-hosts Australia or European champions England in the final on Sunday.
- FIFA world rankings: Spain (6), Sweden (3).
Less than a year after a player revolt tore the squad apart, ‘La Roja’ will have the chance to lift the trophy for the first time when they play either England or Australia in Sunday’s World Cup final.
Follow reaction from Spain vs Sweden as the semi-finals get underway, and get all the latest Women’s World Cup odds here
Women’s World Cup LIVE: Spain vs Sweden
- Spain defeat Sweden 2-1 in the semi-final to reach their first ever Women’s World Cup final
- Sweden fall short at the semi-final stage of a major tournament once again
- The Spaniards will play either England or Australia in Sunday’s World Cup final in Sydney
- 90’ GOAL! – Carmona drills one into the net from the edge of the box for some late drama (ESP 2-1 SWE)
- 88’ GOAL! – Blomqvist turns in the equaliser for Sweden (ESP 1-1 SWE)
- 81’ GOAL! – Paralluelo smokes Spain ahead in the closing stages (ESP 1-0 SWE)
Australia vs. England: Stadium Australia, Sydney; 8 p.m. local / 6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. BST
SYDNEY — Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson believes England are “favourites” for Wednesday’s semifinal; England manager Sarina Wiegman doesn’t think Australia are “underdogs.” Somewhere in the middle lies the outcome of what will be a truly epic encounter in a sold-out Stadium Australia. It’s the semifinal the co-hosts wanted, and the nation will be gripped by their Matildas when they face the Lionesses.
There are subplots aplenty in this tournament of twists and turns. Wiegman’s England have dealt with Keira Walsh’s injury against Denmark, then Lauren James’ red card against Nigeria. Australia have been keeping their eye on Kerr’s calf, after that injury before the tournament. But it was the match-up many hoped for when the draw was made, and despite the turbulence, both teams head into the clash with fully fit teams.
Gustavsson was full of praise for Wiegman on Tuesday, while Wiegman returned the compliment. The cordial nature of the pre-match engagements will also be seen by both sets of players — these are two squads that know each other well; teammates at club level, some are friends away from the pitch — but that will be parked come kickoff.
Keep an eye out for Caitlin Foord vs. Lucy Bronze, and Kerr up against Millie Bright, but there are so many intriguing matchups across the field.
The two teams met last in April, with Australia winning 2-0. It was a victory that halted England’s 30-match unbeaten run under Wiegman. For Australia, it justified their tag as tournament hopefuls. For England, it was a lesson they needed for how to solve the problem of playing against a low block. It was a transformational night, but nothing that will compare to Wednesday as Stadium Australia is painted in green and gold. — Tom Hamilton
And finally …
The England vs. Australia sporting rivalry — which England coach Sarina Wiegman admitted to being completely unaware of earlier this week — has spilled over into cricket, with Australia players David Warner and Usman Khawaja taking to social media to back the Matildas and reopen wounds from the recent Ashes series, which ended in a 2-2 draw last month.
During the final Test match in the five-game series in London, England won amid anger from Australia due to a controversial ball switch during Australia’s second innings which was billed as “Ballgate” Down Under.
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