USA beats Germany, reach second straight World Cup Final
The United States and Germany have met three times in Women’s World Cup play. Each time the winner has gone on to win the World Cup. Tuesday night in Montreal, the two nations battled for a fourth time in the World Cup. And if this matchups history holds true, the USA will be at the top of the podium come Sunday as they beat Germany 2-0 in the semifinal.
This was a match worthy of the final. The #1 team in the world Germany, the #2 ranked United States. The scoring juggernaut Germany who was averaging 4 goals per game in this World Cup, versus the tough defense of the United States led by the stopper Hope Solo. The United States held the lead in the series by a count of 20 wins to only 4 defeats and 7 draws. The last time they met was in 2003 on American soil. The Germans won 3-0. The United States went on to beat Canada in the third place game.
The match had a great pace through the first 20 minutes and most of the first half. The USWNT controlled the pace and possession. They also had the best chance to score in the first half in the 14th minute when Tobin Heath led Alex Morgan to a one-on-one confrontation with German goalie Nadine Angerer. Angerer made the save and gave the USWNT one of their six corner kicks of the first half. In the 29th minute there was a nasty head-to-head collision by Morgan Brain and Alexandra Popp in the German box. The meeting of the minds split Popp open but both women would stay in the match.
The second half started out with Germany being the aggressor and controlling the game. That aggressive play led to a 59th minute penalty kick from a foul by Julie Johnston that brought her to tears. The foul in the box brought Celia Sasic to the spot for the kick. The German women had never missed a penalty kick in World Cup history hitting on all 12 attempts. Sasic missed it.
That miss spun the momentum to the USWNT and the home Canadian crowd sensed our time is now. The U.S. started attacking as Alex Morgan darted into left box, deked left and got off a shot that missed just wide of the right post. One minute later she would be fouled in the box and send Carli Lloyd to the spot for the penalty kick. She drilled it into the back of top right net. The USWNT was up 1-nil. USA has never lost a Women’s World Cup match when scoring the first goal.
Carli Lloyd wasn’t done there as she made a sweet juke move and passed to Kelly O’Hara who knocked in her first ever World Cup goal. That 84th minute goal by O’Hara gave the USA a 2-0 lead and sends them into the World Cup Final. It will be their second straight World Cup Final trip. They are now one game away from World Cup redemption.
The USWNT will play the winner of the Japan and England matchup. The U.S. fell to Japan in the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final by a penalty kick shootout. They may have a chance at revenge, and their third World Cup trophy. The final will be played on Sunday in Vancouver.
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