England faced South American opposition in the quarter final of the Women’s world cup and after going a goal down, came back well to secure a 2-1 win and a place in another World Cup semi-final.
Lauren Hemp made an instant impact after England conceded just before half time to a Santos goal and ensured England levelled at the break with a goal into stoppage time at the end of the first half.
This was a crucial goal as had Colombia gone into half time with a 1-0 lead, the 2nd half could well have been different.
Match winner Alessia Russo has been knocking on the door all tournament and got her 2nd goal of the tournament against Colombia.
Stats wise, England narrowly game out on top with 5 shots on goal to 3 and ensured a higher expected goals than their opponents.
In the previous round, England beat African opposition in Nigeria on penalties and now face hosts Australia in the semi-finals, so another nation from a different continent.
England have a lot of talent in their squad and showing strong resilience after playing over 30 mins with 10 min once Lauren James got sent off in the round of 16 and then coming from a goal down v Colombia.
This will help the three lions as they face hosts Australia who will have a huge home support behind them.
England are sharing the goals with Russo and Hemp scoring in the last game and then Kelly and Daly also notching in the final group game against China.
England’s opponents Australia won a penalty shoot out against a strong French team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup. Before that, they beat England’s group opponents Denmark 2-0.
One blip so far was a 3-2 defeat to Nigeria in the group stage, who England beat on penalties, so there isn’t a lot between these two sides.
It promises to be a great encounter on Wednesday morning and it wouldn’t surprise me if this went all the way to penalties
England face hosts Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup and both teams are evenly matched. Sam Kerr of Australia is still not 100% fit, but will play a part in the game. She plays for Chelsea so will share all the insights with her teammates on the England set up.
England are ready for World Cup success after winning the Euros and this promises to be a tight game.
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