Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

U.S. Faces England In Battle To Reach The Final

U.S. Faces England In Battle To Reach The Final

Loud, proud and undeniably talented, the United States beat England without their best player as Megan Rapinoe sat out the game with a hamstring injury.

"We went down to 10 and we've just probably run out of steam, but I asked them to play football the way that I wanted them to play".

With teammate Rapinoe out injured and White, who had beautifully clipped home Beth Mead's cross to level the scores, denied a second by a cruel VAR offside decision, Morgan showed she can lead her team with a fine centre-forward's display and now has a great chance to seal the top scorer gong. We've come to the World Cup and given it our absolute all, and that's what I said to them.

Had the USA been secretive in not explaining earlier why Rapinoe - who had scored twice against France in the last eight and netted the winning penalty against Spain in the last 16 - had not made the starting lineup?

A breathless start resulted in US opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O'Hara's deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner. "With the women, we're the imperialist juggernaut that everyone wants to knock down".

"We give our starting XI when we have to".

It seemed forever, the moment between Houghton stepping up to the ball and actually kicking it.

But Ellis says that while her squad is confident, they take nothing for granted: "I don't think in any way is this an arrogant team".

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"But obviously the United States of America have great movement and you can analyze them as much as you want". Christen Press started in Rapinoe's place and promptly scored the first goal of the game.

With Tuesday's victory, the USA, who lifted trophy of the quadrennial event in 1991, 1999 and 2015, reached the final for the third consecutive World Cup and will have to wait until Wednesday to find out if they will be facing Netherlands or Sweden.

The Americans have been to the semifinals of all eight World Cups, and they've won the trophy three times, more than any nation.

The drama on a remarkable night began before the game when the team-sheets showed that Rapinoe, who had scored four goals in the last two games, had been left on the bench, most likely with an injury although the absence was not explained by USA team officials.

The next time the signal was made for review, it was after White went down in the area under challenge from Becky Sauerbrunn and after some delay the Brazilian referee pointed to the spot.

"We focus on that".

"I don't agree a lot with Jill Ellis, to be quite honest", she said earlier this month on a podcast for the BBC, for which she's providing color commentary during the World Cup. "They're professionals, and that'd be the best way to sum it up".

Then it was US goalie Alyssa Naeher's time to star in the spotlight, as she saved a penalty shot in the 84th minute attempted by England's captain Steph Houghton. She also produced a wonderful first-half save. "You scored some and you miss some, but that's football". "They are sick of it and so am I. We came here to win and we didn't do that". ' She shone. She was the brightest. She's a tremendous person.

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