U.S. shuts out Germany to reach Women's World Cup final
MONTREAL -- Carli Lloyd scored on a penalty kick minutes after Germany misfired on its own penalty kick, and the veteran midfielder set up Kelley O'Hara's insurance goal, sending the United States to a 2-0 victory in the Women's World Cup semifinals.
MONTREAL - Carli Lloyd scored on a penalty kick minutes after Germany misfired on its own penalty kick, and the veteran midfielder set up Kelley O’Hara’s insurance goal, sending the United States to a 2-0 victory in the Women’s World Cup semifinals.
Team USA will meet defending champion Japan or England in the final Sunday.
Lloyd put the United States up 1-0 in the 69th minute on the penalty kick after American forward Alex Morgan was stopped cold by German defender Annike Krahn as she was entering the penalty area. Replays appeared to show Morgan was out of the box when the contact occurred, meaning a penalty kick shouldn’t have been awarded.
Lloyd netted her third of the tournament - and in as many games - by placing a shot to the right side while German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer dived the other way.
In the 84th minute, Lloyd took the ball toward the end line to the left of the goal, then cut the ball back to O’Hara at the goalmouth for an easy tap-in. It was O’Hara’s first goal for Team USA.
With the game still scoreless, German forward Celia Sasic, the tournament’s top scorer, missed a penalty kick in the 60th minute. She placed her low shot a few inches outside the left post.
American defender Julie Johnston drew a yellow card to set up Sasic’s effort. Johnston brought down midfielder Alexandra Popp in the penalty area, holding onto the German’s player left shoulder to avoid turning the ball over.
The Americans (5-0-1) move on to play the final at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Their opponent will be determined today when England and Japan face off in the second semifinal at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.
Germany (4-1-1) will have to settle for Saturday’s third-place game in Edmonton.
Tuesday’s game pitted the top-ranked women’s team in the world, Germany, against the United States, second in FIFA ratings. In the three previous meetings between the squads at the Women World Cup, the winner ended up winning the title.
If that holds true this time as well, the United States women’s national team would end up being crowned World Cup champion for the third time in its history. The USA was champion in 1991 and 1999.
The U.S. team extended its unbeaten streak to 33 games (29-0-4) at the Women’s World Cup when scoring first. It also extended its goalless streak in the tournament to 513 minutes, and it could break the record in the next game. The mark of 540 minutes without allowing a goal at a Women’s World Cup was set by Germany in 2007.
The U.S. streak came within inches of ending earlier, but the win was well-earned considering the Americans had the better scoring chances overall. Germany carried the ball deep into the U.S. half of the field on numerous occasions but was never really able to get behind the defense.
Tuesday’s game was played before 51,176 spectators, the largest crowd for a game played in Montreal at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The previous high in Montreal was the 45,420 fans who were in attendance for the group match between Canada and the Netherlands on June 15.
It was the second largest attendance for a game involving the United States at this tournament, next to the crowd of 52,193 people who attended the June 16 game in Vancouver against Nigeria.