Sarina Wiegman took a moment to fully understand the magnitude of the challenge that lies ahead for England in Australia. Not only will the Lionesses face the hosts in Sydney for a place in the World Cup final, but they will also be playing in a historic sporting rivalry. Wiegman admitted that coming up against Australia at this stage is even bigger than she had imagined.
However, Wiegman also emphasized the need to focus on what has come before rather than what awaits England. The quarter-final against Colombia was a reminder that the Lionesses cannot afford to take anything for granted. But their victory in that match will only add to their growing confidence as they prepare to face Australia.
For the first time in the World Cup, the Lionesses trailed in a match, but they showed great resilience in coming from behind. This ability to deal with adversity has become their defining characteristic in this tournament. Wiegman praised her players for their togetherness and belief, which has grown throughout the tournament as they have had to adapt to new challenges.
With only two games left in the World Cup, England’s resolve will only strengthen. Despite conceding first against Colombia and facing a freak opening goal, the team remained calm and stuck to their game plan. They showed patience in the build-up and found ways to break through the Colombia defense.
Once ahead, England had to defend their lead, and they did so admirably. The defense, led by Millie Bright and Alex Greenwood, put in an excellent performance. This resilience at the back could be crucial in England’s quest to win the World Cup.
Of the four teams in the semi-finals, England is the only team that had to come from behind to win. This resilience has become their identity and gives them a strength going into the next stage of the tournament. However, they face a tough challenge in Australia, who have their own self-belief and home advantage.
Playing as the away team in the semi-final will not faze England, as they have already experienced a hostile atmosphere against Colombia. They are ready to embrace the challenge and look forward to facing a home crowd of 80,000 in Sydney.
Overall, England’s journey in the World Cup has showcased their resilience and ability to overcome challenges. They have grown in confidence and belief, and now have their sights set on reaching the final. The clash with Australia will be their biggest test yet, but they are determined to come out on top.