‘Fairytale’ for Wiegman as Lionesses roar into first Women’s World Cup final

England will face Spain on Sunday after spoiling the Matildas’s party in Sydney

Head coach Sarina Wiegman leads the huddle after England’s win over Australia
Head coach Sarina Wiegman leads the huddle after England’s win over Australia
(Image credit: Alex Pantling/Fifa/Getty Images)

England’s Lionesses, the reigning European champions, will play in their first ever Fifa Women’s World Cup final against Spain on Sunday after defeating co-hosts Australia 3-1 in today’s semi-final clash at Stadium Australia.

It was a “historic evening” in Sydney, said Emma Sanders on BBC Sport, as goals from Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo “spoiled” the Australian “party”. Sarina Wiegman’s side will now be aiming to become the first senior England football team since 1966 to lift a World Cup.

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Mike Starling is the former digital features editor at The Week. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.