The United States has moved a step closer to successfully defending its latest Women’s World Cup title. Morgan scored the go-ahead goal and Naeher preserved the 2-1 semifinal victory over England by smothering a late penalty kick tonight in France.
USA continued its trend of fast starts, scoring 10 minutes in thanks to a header from Christen Press. The U.S. has scored inside the first 12 minutes in every game it has played at the tournament. After Press’ opener, England’s Ellen White scored in the 19th minute to draw level. Alex Morgan, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday, ended her four-game goal drought with a fine header just after the half-hour mark in what proved to be the winning goal. She pulled off an epic tea-sipping celebration to cap things off for the U.S.
A frantic second half saw England put the ball in the net through White again, but VAR confirmed she was offside. With eight minutes to go, England had a penalty kick confirmed by VAR off a foul from Becky Sauerbrunn on White, but Naeher denied Steph Houghton to maintain the one-goal advantage.
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27 September, 2019