2-1! USA sack England, into FIFA Women’s World Cup final

by Samuel Abasi Posted on July 3rd, 2019

The United States are into a third successive Women’s World Cup final after beating England 2-1 in a thrilling semifinal on Tuesday.

Alyssa Naeher was supposed to be the weakness. The Achilles heel. The insufficient Hope Solo replacement, the question mark, and so much more.

But on Tuesday, in the biggest game of her life, she was the hero. The player 22 teammates mobbed at the final whistle. They – the U.S. women’s national team – are headed to the 2019 World Cup final because of her.

Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as holders the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite the absence of inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.

The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defence goes to the final stage.

Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christian Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener.

England responded quickly, Ellen White’s redirecting in an equalizer in the 19th minute for her sixth goal of the tournament.

The USWNT retook the lead when Morgan nodded in just past the half-hour mark, her sixth goal of the World Cup coming on her birthday.

England produced a good response in the second half, starting when White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside.

VAR awarded England a penalty when White was ruled to have been brought down, but Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty to maintain the USWNT’s 2-1 lead.

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