2015 FIFA WWC: USA reaches 4th final, beats ex-champ Germany 2-0 in 1/2 finals

Montreal, Canada (PANA) - Two-time winner USA has qualified for its fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup final following an intensely-fought semi-final in Montreal, Canada, Tuesday against Germany in which the Americans ran out 2-0 winners.

The Americans won in 1991 and 1999 but were unlucky to lose 3-1 on penalties to defending champion Japan after they had drawn 2-2 at regulation and extra time in 2011.

The FIFA media outlet reported that the contest was marked by a costly spot-kick failure from Celia Sasic, while Lloyd tucked away her penalty a few minutes later before then setting up Kelley O’Hara for a late sealer.

The match was played at high tempo and was very physical that you would expect of a match of this importance between the two highest-ranked teams in the world.

It said the USA had the better of the opening half as the Germans, also two-time winner (2003 and 2007), pressed hard when not in possession, while the Stars and Stripe looked typically steadfast in defence.

USA will now face the winner of Wednesday’s second semi-final match between Japan and England for the right to be crowned 2015 Women’s World Cup champion on Sunday in Vancouver.
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01 july 2015 08:33:42

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