England will play in the final of a Women’s World Cup for the first time following their a 3-1 last-four victory over Australia in Sydney.

Sarina Wiegman’s European champions will take on Spain in Sunday’s showpiece.

Here the PA news agency looks at England’s route to the final.

Top of Group D

China v England – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Group D – Hindmarsh Stadium

England took their time to catch fire in this tournament, but despite a lacklustre start they emerged from Group D with three wins from three. Georgia Stanway’s re-taken penalty was just enough to beat tournament debutants Haiti in an unimpressive opening match in Brisbane, and it was another narrow win as Lauren James’ strike proved the difference in a 1-0 victory over Denmark in the second fixture. But things clicked in the final fixture as James inspired a 6-1 rout of China, scoring two and setting up others for Alessia Russo and Lauren Hemp, with Chloe Kelly and Rachel Daly also on the scoresheet.

James sees red as Nigeria stand firm

England v Nigeria – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Round of 16 – Brisbane Stadium

As well as James had played against China, she let herself and her team down badly in the first knockout fixture with a needless late red card for a stamp on Michelle Alozie. James’ outburst illustrated England’s frustration as Nigeria stood firm for 120 minutes. It would eventually go to a penalty shootout after a stalemate, with Kelly scoring the decisive spot-kick as England won 4-2, surviving a major scare.

Coming from behind against Colombia

England v Colombia – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Quarter Final – Stadium Australia

England made hard work of seeing off Colombia 2-1, falling behind late in the first half when Leicy Santos beat Mary Earps with a neat lob. But Hemp poked in an equaliser six minutes into time added on at the end of the first half and Arsenal striker Russo got what proved to be the winner just after the hour.

Seeing off the hosts

Australia v England – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Semi Final – Stadium Australia

England faced a hostile atmosphere in Sydney as they took on the Matildas on their home turf, but Ella Toone silenced Stadium Australia when she drilled the ball into the top corner in the 36th minute. Australia started the second half well and got their reward with a fine finish from Sam Kerr just after the hour, but England regrouped, with Hemp punishing a defensive error to get on to Mille Bright’s long ball in the 71st minute before Russo wrapped up the win late on.