Tuesday, 2 July 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup:England 1 - USA 2

US reach World Cup final with dramatic win over England

England suffered heartbreak in the World Cup semi-final again, losing 2-1 to defending champions the United States in a dramatic match in Lyon.

A Ellen White strike was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) for the narrowest of offsides and captain Steph Houghton missed a penalty late on.

The spot-kick was awarded after a check by the VAR with the referee coming to the pitchside monitor and adjudging White had been tripped by Becky Sauerbrunn in the box.

England also had defender Millie Bright dismissed for a second yellow card with four minutes to go after a challenge which caught Alex Morgan on the shin.

In a breathtaking contest, the US had taken the lead after just 10 minutes through Christen Press' thumping header from Kelley O'Hara's cross to the back post.

The Lionesses were on the back foot for much of the opening stages but responded with White's brilliant first-time finish from Beth Mead's low cross.

Rose Lavelle's thunderous strike was kept out well by Carly Telford, but Morgan's free header from close range restored the US lead and took her to six goals for the tournament, level as top scorer with White.

Keira Walsh's curling effort was brilliantly palmed away by Alyssa Naeher with England unable to find the equaliser.

The US are into a record-extending fifth final and will be looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time against either the Netherlands or Sweden in Sunday's final.


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