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England Lionesses through to World Cup semi-final for the first time

England Lionesses celebrate at full-time getting through to the World Cup semi-final for the first time. Image: @England

England Lionesses celebrate at full-time getting through to the World Cup semi-final for the first time. Image: @England

England’s women’s team have beaten the World Cup hosts Canada 2-1 in Vancouver to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

They held on after Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze scored two goals within the first 15 minutes and will play cup holders Japan in the last four.

54,017 spectators watched the Lionesses hold on during the second half after Canada’s captain Christine Sinclair pulled a goal back before half time.

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England boss Mark Sampson said:

I’m so proud of this team. To get a result in that atmosphere against an excellent Canadian team is an incredible result.

The crowd were unbelievable. I’ve never been in a stadium as loud and as passionate as that was.

[Canada] left everything on the pitch. They could not have pushed us any further. We had to really dig deep to get the result we wanted.

How the game unfolded on England’s official Twitter account with reaction on social media.

 

 

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