England reached their first Women’s World Cup final after beating Australia 3-1 on Wednesday despite a wonder goal from Matildas striker Sam Kerr as the co-hosts’ fairytale run came to an end.

After falling in the semifinals in each of the previous two World Cups, England will face Spain on Sunday looking to add a world title to last year’s European Championship triumph.

Attacking midfielder Ella Toone gave England a first-half lead to silence the crowd of 75,784, but a stunning strike from Kerr, making her first start of the tournament, squared things up in the 63rd minute as Stadium Australia erupted in euphoria.

However, Lauren Hemp restored England’s lead eight minutes later, before Alessia Russo put the result beyond doubt shortly before the end.