Sarina Wiegman admired her heroic players as the Lionesses triumphed over Australia to secure a place in the World Cup final.
On Wednesday, England defeated tournament co-hosts Australia with a score of 3-1, marking the first time they have reached the final of the Women’s World Cup. Goals scored by Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp, and Alessia Russo secured the victory, leading to exuberant celebrations at the conclusion of the match.
Speaking to BBC One after the match, England manager Wiegman said: “We achieved the final! Unbelievable, it feels like we won the whole thing but we didn’t. An away game at this incredible stadium, it was a hard game but again, we found a way to win. but We scored three goals, in this team there is ruthlessness, up front and defence. And We really want to win. We stick together and we stick to the plan and it worked again.”
Wiegman’s victory with England holds historical significance, as she becomes the first manager to lead two distinct nations to the finals of the Women’s World Cup.
On Sunday, England will face Spain, another team making their debut in the final. Prior to this tournament, Jorge Vilda’s squad had never secured a victory in a knockout match during a major tournament.