The match saw an exquisite opener by Ella Toone, who launched a stunning first-time strike into the top corner, giving England an early lead. The Lionesses maintained their grip on proceedings, holding off an aggressive Australian side until the second half. 

In a pivotal moment, star striker Sam Kerr, making her tournament debut, delivered a sensational 25-yard strike over goalkeeper Mary Earps' head, equalizing the scoreline at 1-1.

England's resilience kept shining through the match

However, England's resilience shone through once more. Lauren Hemp capitalized on a defensive lapse, restoring England's lead. The victory was sealed by Alessia Russo's late goal, cementing England's berth in the final and setting the stage for a showdown with Spain on the upcoming Sunday.

As anticipation built for the semi-final clash, Australia was gripped by 'Matildas Mania,' with fervent support propelling the co-hosts toward a historic achievement. Yet, amidst the frenzy, England remained composed and focused, having reached their third consecutive Women's World Cup semi-final.

From the outset, England demonstrated their expertise in handling high-stakes situations, disrupting Australia's rhythm and deliberately slowing down the pace to unsettle the crowd. Despite facing a resurgent Australian side, England's steadfast defence rose to the occasion, expertly thwarting relentless attacks and preserving their advantage.

The dynamic partnership of Hemp and Russo delivered the decisive blow, sealing England's victory in the late stages of the game. As the final whistle sounded, England's celebrations were initially subdued. 

This historic achievement is a testament to the team's winning spirit, and with the final on the horizon, the Lionesses remain determined to etch their legacy even deeper into the annals of women's football.

With BBC inputs