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England beats Australia 3-1 to move into Women’s World Cup final

The Lionesses will play Spain in the final at Sydney's Stadium Australia on Sunday. 
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/ Source: The Associated Press

England moved on to its first Women’s World Cup championship game with a 3-1 victory Wednesday over co-host Australia, ending the Matildas captivating run through the tournament.

Australia superstar Sam Kerr started her first match of the tournament and scored for the Matildas but it wasn’t enough to hold off European champion England.

England fans celebrate their team's advance to the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Aug. 16, 2023, in London.
England fans in London celebrate their team's advance to the final.Aaron Chown / PA via AP

Ella Toone scored in the 36th minute to put England up 1-0 and the Lionesses dominated possession in the first half.

Kerr’s equalizer in the 63rd gave the 75,000-plus crowd some hope, but England sealed it on goals from Lauren Hemp in the 71st and Alessia Russo four minutes from the end of regulation time.

England and Spain will each be playing in the Women’s World Cup final for the first time when they meet at Stadium Australia on Sunday. 

Australia will play Sweden for third place on Saturday in Brisbane.