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AceBreakingNews – FIFA Women’s World Cup live updates: Matildas meet England’s Lionesses in semifinal at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium – ABC News
The Matildas are up against European champions England in their Women’s World Cup semifinal at Stadium Australia, with both sides aiming for a spot in the final for the first time.
Awaiting them is Spain, after they won 2-1 in last night’s first semifinal.
38′ Gorry has a crack
The Matildas are desperate for the equaliser now and Carpenter gives it to Katrina Gorry, who unleashes a solid strike from well outside the box, but it’s directly to Mary Earps’s gloves.
ENGLAND HIT THE LEAD!!
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A stunning first-time strike from Ella Toone puts the Lionesses on top of after a lovely pass from Alessia Russo from the byline. It went past Lauren Hemp and Toone snuck into the box from the left wing and expertly latched onto it, sending the ball into the right side of the goal off the outside of her boot.
Mackenzie Arnold never had a chance.
32′ Matildas streaming forward
Hayley Raso gets the ball in midfield and charges forward and lays a good ball through for Ellie Carpenter on the right side of the 18-yard box, but it looked like she is caught in two minds between shooting from the sharp angle and crossing, and goes with neither feast nor famine.
29′ First corner for the Matildas
Hayley Raso gets to the byline and is crunched by a great last-ditch tackle by Rachel Daly.
The corner goes over top to Raso on the left, and her fizzing shot is blocked. Another corner.
But this one’s not as threatening.
27′ Carpenter in a battle
Alessia Russo and Lauren Hemp both challenge Ellie Carpenter down the left, and she wins both contests.
It definitely looks like England’s best option is straight down the hey diddle diddle.
24′ Another foul on Sam Kerr
Katrina Gorry gets away with a heavy challenge in defence and the Jess Carter is pinged for a high boot on Sam Kerr.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)none
Pretty dubious one this time to be fair.
19′ Missing the mark
Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr seemed to have England on the rack after a deep turnover, but Foord couldn’t get the angle on her pass back infield into the path of Kerr.
Another missed opportunity.
17′ England’s forwards showing their pace
Ellie Carpenter has the speed to match it with just about anyone, but centre-backs Clare Hunt and Clare Polkinghorne are battling.(Getty)none
Some really tidy interplay gives Alessia Russo some space down the right, but she hits the side-netting with her shot.
Russo and Lauren Hemp are really outpacing Australia’s defenders at the moment. It’s a serious problem.
13′ Flyin’ Lionesses
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England are repeatedly sending long diagonal balls into the box, giving Australia’s new-look defensive line plenty of aerial threats to consider.
This Lucy Bronze makes a good run down the right and Steph Catley gets to it first. She’s clattered from behind and it’s out for a corner.
10′ Yellow card for Alex Greenwood
Mary Fowler found Sam Kerr from the back and Greenwood came steaming in with a rank challenge nowhere near the ball and gets pinged with a yellow card.
No-one is on cautions from previous matches by the way. The count has been reset.
9′ Mackenzie Arnold rescues Australia gain
Georgia Stanway barrels onto a long ball into the box and connects with the volley from over her shoulder, but her side-footed shot is straight into the legs of Matildas keeper Mackenzie Arnold.
Great save, but Stanway could have done more with that. The far post was available.
7′ Sam Kerr misses a golden opportunity, but she’s offside anyway
It was almost a carbon copy of Caitlin Foord’s goal from the Denmark game, with Katrina Gorry unleashing Kerr with a ball over the top and the Matildas captain one-on-one with England goalkeeper Mary Earps. But her left-foot strike was straight into Earps’s legs from the angle.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)none
And the linesperson already had her offside. She just mistimed the run and it was a pretty easy call.
4′ Feeling-out period
Neither team has really threatened yet, with long balls easily cut off by the defensive lines and counter-attacks ending early.
It’s all feeling a bit frantic to start.
1′ We’re off and running!
England kicks off and this full house at Stadium Australia roars.
Kerr’s brought down by Keira Walsh in the middle of the park. Australia gets the free-kick. Expect more of that tonight.(AP)none
Here come the teams
Sam Kerr leading the Matildas out. Millie Bright out the front for the Lionesses.
The anthems are done – Tony Gustavsson belting it out. Now the nerves are setting in.
Not long now
Teams are in the tunnel.
The Welcome to Country has begun.
Kick-off is less than 10 minutes away.
Who’s going to score a Sam Kerr jersey tonight?
I think it’s fair to say everyone who was in Brisbane on Saturday night will feel incredibly lucky to have been there to witness such a dramatic victory for Australia over France.
But I bet Zara Borcak will feel more fortunate than most.
It was the Old Bridge FC under-10s striker who Kerr singled out at full-time after the shootout to hand her jersey to.
“I am very happy to have this jersey and one day I want to follow in her footsteps,” Zara told the ABC.
Stats can tell us everything and nothing in this game – so here’s a couple to read absolutely nothing into as we approach the game thanks to our friends at StatsPerform.
Australia has kept four clean sheets (out of five) so far at the World Cup – only three teams have ever kept more at a single edition.
England may have scored 10 goals at this World Cup but, incredibly, have an xG (expected goals) of 9.9 – the only team left in the tournament with an xG that low.England’s Georgia Stanway(Getty Images)none
The Lionesses Georgia Stanway has created 10 chances from open play at the World Cup so far, no player has more.
However, she is the only one of the three players with 10 created chances (Colombia’s Leicy Santos and Spain’s Jenni Hermoso) yet to record an assist – speaking on England’s troubles in scoring from open play.
The Matildas have averaged both the lowest possession figure (51.4 per cent) and passing accuracy (72.5 per cent) of any team left at this World Cup.
But they’ve done plenty of good stuff with it. Only Spain have had more shots (132) and touches in the opposition’s box (267) than the Matildas (76 and 138).
Bad news, mate
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Not only is Alanna Kennedy not playing tonight, she’s not even at the ground due to illness.
England coach Sarina Wiegman has been coach of England for 37 games now, leading the Lionesses since September 2021 – so she should have a pretty decent idea about how keen a sporting rivalry exists between England and Australia.
Now, admittedly, she is Dutch, which might factor into this – but the 53-year-old was very keen to downplay any prospect of any Ashes-style rivalry spilling over from the Lord’s Long Room to Stadium Australia.
“We don’t feel that rivalry that much,” she said on Tuesday at her final press conference.
“There’s a lot of it in cricket and rugby, and more recently netball…
“We know it’s going to be competitive.
“They want to beat us and of course we want to beat them, so that’s the main competitiveness we will get tomorrow.”
A nice friendly rivalry then?(Getty Images)none
It’s not just Wiegman playing things down, in fairness.
On Monday, Keira Walsh said most of the Anglo-Australian rivalry was built on media talk and the players paid little attention.
“For us, it’s not about Australia, we want to win regardless,” she said.
“There’s a rivalry with any team, it doesn’t make any bit of difference if the [Australian] media is talking about beating England.
“There is a lot of rivalries in football – I wouldn’t say this is the main one.
“Whoever you are playing it is going to be an intense game.
“The rivalry is one of the last things we are thinking about.”
No doubt things will change once the 22 players step out on the pitch.
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