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England and Australia set to battle in an epic semi-final clash

By Daniel Oriloye -  England and Australia are both hoping to make history by reaching the Women's World Cup final for the first time when they meet in Sydney on Wednesday.

Australia boss Tony Gustavsson, whose side progressed to the last four with an epic penalty shootout victory over France, says the co-hosts "are on a mission - they are not done yet".

The Matildas had never advanced beyond the quarter-finals before this tournament, while European champions England are playing in their third successive World Cup semi-final.

"You can never take anything for granted," said Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman, whose side came from behind to defeat Colombia 2-1 in their quarter-final.

"It's very special to go so far in the tournament but when you're there you really want to win and get to the final."

The winner will face Spain in Sunday's final at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Australia would be the first hosts to reach the final since USA's victory on home soil in 1999, while England are bidding to become the sixth nation - after Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands - to reach both a men's and women's World Cup final.

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