US Women’s National Team defeats England, 2-1 to advance

After much of the pre-match talk centered on Lucy Bronze going head-to-head with Rapinoe it was Press the England player - dubbed the best in the world by her manager Phil Neville - had to shackle.

"Maybe in the past we have probably accepted semifinals, 'Yes we're happy and we're going home and we'll get lots of plaudits, '" Neville said.

Reportedly, the team was scouting England's hotel as a possible place to stay if the US wins and goes onto the final.

Christen Press opened the scoring for a United States of America side, with a bullet header from a cross from the right-hand side. O'Hara sent a cross into the box that Press headed in past Telford to give the United States a 1-0 lead, 10 minutes into the contest. "And that's not how the USA have ever operated previously - we simply do not fear teams", Solo said.

No Megan Rapinoe. No tying goal in the second half even whilst all of England was already deep into celebration. White took England level just before the 20-minute mark, before Alex Morgan put the three-time champions back ahead with her sixth goal of the tournament.

"Hopefully this will encourage people, whether you're male or female, young or old, to play football", she concluded, after the crowd slumped in unison at the final whistle.

Morgan scored the go-ahead goal and Naeher preserved the 2-1 semifinal victory over England by smothering a late penalty kick Tuesday night. She pretended to have a tea party of her own. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 23-3 in that span, with shutouts in five of those matches.

Earlier this year, the USA and England competed against each other at the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, where they tied 2-2.

After a VAR review of a potential foul by Becky Sauerbrunn, England was awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute.

Instead of staying in Lyon for the final on Sunday against Sweden or the Netherlands, England must return to Nice for the third-place play-off on Saturday.

The United States will play the victor of the Sweden-Netherlands semifinal here Wednesday.

Meeting in the semifinal, the USA and England battled through what became a chippy contest.

It's not the first time at this World Cup that the Americans' goal celebrations have come under scrutiny.

Hope Solo isn't shy in sharing what's on her mind, and ahead of the USWNT facing England in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Telemundo Deportes) in Lyon, the former US goalkeeper has admitted fear will be in the air for the Americans. "It's one thing to take a penalty, it's another to save one and keep your cool". Thanks to her long, powerful legs she is famously monikered "Baby Horse", and with a recent estimate of her value at around $4million, her $450,000 salary at the Orlando Pride making her one of the best paid women's footballers in the world.

  • Julie Sanders


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