Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

U.S. to face Netherlands in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final

U.S. to face Netherlands in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final

The U.S. women's national team defeated England 2-1 in their Women's Word Cup semifinal game Tuesday afternoon.

The second women's World Cup semi-final between Sweden and the Netherlands went into extra time on Wednesday after a goalless 90 minutes in Lyon. The loss to the USA was the only game in the tournament in which Sweden conceded multiple goals, and it was the only loss any semifinalist brought into the final four.

Sweden looked the brighter of the two sides in the early stages and carved an opening 13 minutes in, Sofia Jakobsson driving forward and feeding Stina Blackstenius to her right, but the eventual shot was blocked and then smothered by Sari van Veenendaal. Ending up third of course feels a lot better than ending up fourth.

That was about it for goalmouth action in the first half, and the Dutch goalkeeper and captain denied them again in the 56th minute as she got down low to tip Nilla Fischer's shot onto the post.

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Hedvig Lindahl was similarly inspirational at the other end soon after, getting a fingertip to Vivianne Miedema's looping header to nudge it onto the crossbar. Below is my pick for Netherlands vs Sweden.

The game marked the first time ever a Women's World Cup semifinal match needed extra time.

England and Sweden will play the third-place match at 8 a.m. PT Saturday.

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