Emotions were running high last night after the Lionesses defeated the grizzly bears, Canada, in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup. The win makes history, as it’s the first time the England Women’s team have gone through to the semi-finals in the World Cup tournament, with the men’s team only reaching the semi finals in 1966 – the year they went on to win, and in 1990 where they were beaten by West Germany on penalties.
After a nervous start, Canada had the first shot on goal with Tancredi firing over the cross-bar, but only 11 minutes in, a mistake by Sesselmann was mercilessly exploited by Jodie Taylor putting England ahead. Only minutes later and England were in dreamland when a magnificent header from Lucy Bronze gave England a two goal buffer. The frustration from the Canadian fans was clear from the groans ringing around the stadium, but England weren’t out of trouble yet. Canada’s Sinclair punished a blunder from Karen Bardsley allowing Canada a way back into the game just before half time, and the second half made for uneasy viewing as Canada relentlessly attacked, desperate for that equaliser to buy them a life-line in the competition.
The lionesses stood firm, and after a painfully protracted five minutes of stoppage time, the final whistle blew and England’s victory was secured.