USWNT beats England, advancing to third consecutive World Cup final

The U.S. have booked their spot in Sunday’s World Cup Final following a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Lionesses. The U.S. have scored in the opening 12 minutes of all 6 World Cup matches, including this one, as Jill Ellis’ side took the lead after 10 minutes, when Christen Press—in for Megan Rapinoe—met a Tobin Heath header.

It was the first time England has conceded in 381 minutes and it showed worrying exposure at the back, particularly during aerial attacks. But it was the American back line that was exposed nine minutes later, when Ellen White converted a Beth Mead cross, in style. The English frequently attacked down the wings and were clearly trying to exploit the United States’ narrow defensive shape.

Shortly after the half hour mark, Alex Morgan scored her fifth goal of the tournament with another well-taken header… and she celebrated with a lovely spot of tea! The U.S. continued to dominate but were given a few second half scares: White slotted home once again with a fantastically taken goal… but VAR ruled it out for a marginal offside call.

Then, there was late drama when VAR ruled that Becky Saurbrunn felled Ellen White in the box. However, England captain Steph Houghton missed the resulting spot kick! The Lionesses have now missed their last three penalties. Moments later, thing got worse for the English as Millie Bright was sent off for a second bookable offense.

One of the most impressive things about this U.S. team at this tournament has been their ability to adapt to any opposition. Against Spain, they set up more defensively and mostly hushed the critics off their backline. They showed perfect balance and game management against France, and they were able to withstand an England side who had clearly set up to try and exploit their narrow shape and marauding fullbacks.

The U.S. will face either the Netherlands or Sweden in Lyon in the Final—and they will be overwhelming favorites to win their fourth World Cup. For more on the women’s World Cup - follow @FCYahoo on your favorite social channels…and stay up to date on Yahoo Sports.

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