Playing without the injured Megan Rapinoe, and led by stellar goalkeeping, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated England 2-1 on Tuesday evening in front of 53,000 fans at Stade de Lyon, thus advancing to the World Cup finals for the fifth time.
Starting for just the second time in the tournament Christen Press scored the game’s first goal in the 10th minute when she took a cross from Kelley O’Hara at the top corner of the box and headed it into the back of the net.
England struck back five minutes later to tie the game but that joy was relatively short-lived as the U.S. side struck back as Alex Morgan headed a ball into the net off a Lindsay Horan pass in the 31st minute. It was Morgan’s first goal of the tournament since her five-goal opening game.
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was outstanding in net making a key save in the 33rd minute and then sealing the victory with a save on a penalty kick in the 84th minute.
The U.S. women will take on the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden.