USWNT Punch Ticket to Final with Win over Germany
Montreal, Quebec– Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and Kelley O’Hara scored off a Lloyd assist in the 84th minute to propel the USWNT to a win and its second consecutive Women’s World Cup Final.
The first half was a battle between the two heavyweight teams. Both sides missed their own chances and scoring opportunities through the first 45 minutes.
Germany’s goalkeeper, Nadine Angerer, made two crucial saves early. In the 7th minute, she saved a dangerous header off a corner kick. Then Alex Morgan got in behind the defense and faced Angerer one v. one, again again the keeper made the save in the 15th.
The real turning point in the game came in the 50th minute. Julie Johnston fouled Alexandra Popp in the box and the referee gave Germany a penalty kick. Sasic took it and missed it so far left that it wasn’t even on frame. This was the first time ever Germany missed a penalty kick in Women’s World Cup play.
The obviously pro-American crowd of 51, 176 was extremely loud at times, but after the miss it erupted into a defeaning cheer.
Nineteen minutes later, Lloyd did what Sasic couldn’t and buried a penalty kick earned by Alex Morgan. She was taken down by Popp in the box according to the center official.
O’Hara came on for Tobin Heath in the 75th minute in midfield and nine minutes later scored the second U. S. goal which put the final nail in the coffin. On the goal Lloyd dribbled to the left post and then cut it back across the goal where O’Hara was positioned to slam it home. It was O’Hara’s first goal of the Women’s World Cup.
There was a scary moment midway through the first half when Morgan Brian and Popp had a head to head collision. Brian stayed down on the ground for several minutes and Popp had blood in her hair, but neither player left the game. This led to many wondering if FIFA’s concussion policy needs to be looked at further.
Becky Sauerbrunn committed a professional foul and earned a yellow card for the effort in the 38th min. Abby Wambach came in for Megan Rapinoe in the 80th minute. Sydney Leroux replaced Alex Morgan in stoppage time.
The USWNT now awaits its opponent for the final in Vancouver on July 5. It will either be Japan or England based on the outcome of today’s semifinal. If they faced Japan, it would be a rematch of the 2011 Women’s World Cup Final.