ENGLAND defeated Colombia 2-1 in Sydney, Australia today to advance to the semi-finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Lionesses, who beat Nigeria’s Super Falcons on penalties in the round of 16, had to come from behind to reach their third consecutive semi-finals, after progressing to the same stage in 2015 and 2019.
Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo struck for the European champions after Leicy Santos had given the South Americans the lead.
Hemp poked home the equaliser in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time, just eight minutes after Santos had caught out England goalkeeper Earps.
Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez failed to make a routine save in the six-yard area under pressure from Russo and Hemp took full advantage.
Russo won it for the Lionesses 18 minutes into the second half when the Arsenal striker pounced on a fortunate deflection.
With the victory against tough Colombia, who had beaten former world champions Germany in the group stages, England set up a semi-final clash with co-hosts Australia, billed for Sydney on Wednesday.