England Women's player ratings vs Colombia: Alessia Russo comes up big as Lionesses recover from Mary Earps mishap to reach World Cup semi-finals

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Alessia Russo fired England into the Women's World Cup semi-finals as the Lionesses beat Colombia 2-1 to set up a date with co-hosts Australia.

The Arsenal forward was the match-winner in Sydney in a tricky test against a talented South American side who even took the lead in the first half. Leicy Santos' cross looped over Mary Earps and into the net to put Colombia 1-0 up, but it didn't last long - Lauren Hemp levelling things up on the stroke of half time.

England carried that momentum into the second half and it was Russo's arrowed finish just past the hour that proved to be the difference, taking the European champions into the last four where they will face Australia for a place in the 2023 Women's World Cup final.

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