An average audience of 220,000 tuned-in to RTÉ2 for last night's thrilling FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final as defending champions USA edged-out England.

The audience peaked at 316,700 as the game reached a climax (21.45) while a share of 20% of those watching TV at the time were watching the game on RTÉ2.

Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport with RTÉ, said: "The continuous growth in viewing figures as the tournament has progressed shows the value in bringing a global tournament to an Irish audience free to air.

"RTÉ, TG4 and indeed BBC are to be commended for backing the Women’s World Cup to the level they did.

"The tournament has created not only new heroes for many young girls and boys but also new role models given the level of expertise and insight witnessed across the television panels."

Tonight’s second semi-final between Sweden and Netherlands is live on TG4 while Sunday’s final will be live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 3.30pm when Darragh Maloney will be joined by Emma Byrne, Richie Sadlier and Lisa Fallon for all the action from Lyon.

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