USA are in the World Cup final: England. Penalty. fright
In the morning: There should be people for whom the 2019 World Cup ended after the departure of hosts France and Germany. The first semi-final between England and USA was a rapid counter-proof. Both teams were specialists for early goals in the previous World Cup history, this time the English women threatened to sink in the American attack vortex. The scene of the initial phase was Rose Lavelle's tunnel against Millie Bright, even though the subsequent shot was parried by English substitute goalkeeper Carly Telford. Even more amazing was how the team of coach Phil Neville got back into the game.
The result: The USA won 2-1 (2-1) and are in their eighth World Cup participation for the fifth time in the final. Here you can read the game report.
12 imagesUSA are in the World Cup final: It works without Megan Rapinoe
Rapinoe stays outside: US coach Jill Ellis had some criticism in the tournament, although her team had won all five games before the semi-final with a goal difference of 22: 2. She was said to have rotated too much, then she was charged with the replacement role of Lindsey Horan. When it was announced before the game against England that superstar Megan Rapinoe would sit on the bench, the incomprehension was again great. But substitute Christian Christen's nomination for the thigh-injured Rapinoe was an excellent grasp - not just for her goal.
Golden plan against bronze: It was Press who crowned the impressive start of the American team with their goal to make it 1-0 (10th minute). Above all, however, Press should emphasize their speed and running power in the backward move against English right-back Lucy Bronze. Ellis' plan was doubled as Press took advantage of Bronze's positional error for their massive header. The Lionesses were not in the game at all - until Ellen White took the first English chance to make a surprise equalizer thanks to another bad positional play by Abby Dahlkemper (19.).
Duel of the top scorers: For White it was the sixth tournament goal. The new player from Manchester City is the outstanding striker of this World Cup. White needs few chances to score, is extremely safe in front of the opponent's goal and can also meet worth seeing. With the submission of Beth Mead White just kept his foot in and brought the ball via inside posts in the box. But also the USA have a top scorer, the three-game lull in the best possible time put off: Alex Morgan scored on her birthday on the head - after strong preparatory work of the returned to the starting XI Horan - the winning goal (32). It was also her sixth success after her five goals against Thailand. White and Morgan lead the scorers' list together.
Twice VAR, twice right: How could it be otherwise, to this grand semi-final was also a double VAR use. And both times Ellen White was involved again. First she scored the supposed equalizer for England in the 67th minute when she picked up a pass from Jill Scott and left-footed goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher did not stand a chance. White, however, was a few inches offside and so took video assistant Carlos del Cerro Grande right back the hit. The decision-making process in the final phase took a little longer. White came down in the penalty area, a touch of Becky Sauerbrunn was barely recognizable in the real speed and yet referee Edina Alves Batista rightly decided to penalty after the pictures in the Review Area.
Fourth penalty, third missed shot: For the English women it was the fourth penalty at this World Cup. The team had hardly any weaknesses, the conversion of penalties is one of them. Nikita Parris had turned in the opening match against Scotland, then in the further tournament then shot against Argentina and Norway and so now joined Steph Houghton. The captain chose the left corner, shot, but not too hard, so Naeher could parry the ball. It was England's great opportunity to equalize and extra time - but that was the end of the day for the Americans.
Final opponents wanted: What had suggested the record victory against Thailand, runs through the entire World Cup: This American team will be very difficult to defeat. In the second semi-final on Wednesday (21 clock Liveticker SPIEGEL ONLINE) determine the Netherlands and Sweden, the opponents for the final on Sunday. It's probably only about the second place.
England - USA 1: 2 (1: 2)
0: 1 Press (10.)
1: 1 white (19.)
1: 2 Morgan (32nd)
England: Telford - Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes - Walsh (71st Moore), Parris, Scott, Daly (89th Stanway), Mead (58th Kirby) - White
UNITED STATES: Near - O'Hara (87th Warrior), Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn - Lavelle (65th Mewis), Ertz, Horan - Heath (80th Lloyd), Morgan, Press
Referee: Edina Alves Batista (Brazil)
Yellow cards: - / Horan
Yellow Red: Bright