Alex Morgan and Alyssa Naeher lead U.S. women to 2-1 victory over England in World Cup semis

Alex Morgan and Alyssa Naeher lead the Americans to a 2-1 win over England in the World Cup semi-finals

Alex Morgan celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday by scoring a crucial goal. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stopped a penalty late in the game in the US 2-1 win over England in the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup in Lyon, France.

The American victory sends them to the championship on Sunday, also in Lyon, against the winner of the other match of semi-final Wednesday between the Netherlands and Sweden.

The United States barely held out as Naeher saved the tournament and English captain Stephanie Houghton stopped in the 84th minute with a penalty.

“Alyssa Naeher … of course, she saved our ass,” a noisy Morgan said shortly after the game in front of the Fox public. “Sorry, but she saved our butts today.”

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US coach Jill Ellis said Tuesday’s victory included contributions from all players in the US formation.

“I can not even say how proud I am, it was a big effort from everyone,” said Ellis.

England play for third place in Nice on Saturday against the Dutch and Sweden.

“I’m broke, but I’m very proud of the team because we fought so hard in this tournament, it was so close to the best team in the world, but we are so disappointed,” said Houghton.

“I was told today that I was on penalties and I was confident because I met all week, but I did not really contact her and the goalkeeper guessed the right one. way.”

England seemed tied in the 67th minute when star Ellen White overtook Abby Dahlkemper and passed Naeher. But a video review showed that White was only a few inches from the edge and turned off the scales.

Instead, it was Morgan, a native of Diamond Bar, California, who would be the co-hero of the game with Naeher. The captain led Lindsay Horan’s 1-1 draw in the 31st minute.

Morgan pretended to sip tea in the afternoon to celebrate the door.

Horan received the ball from Christen Press, who had just passed a pass deep on the sideline to keep possession of the ball.

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The press, which replaced injured Megan Rapinoe, gave the United States a 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute when she hit a Kelly O’Hara center.

The door was made possible thanks to Tobin Heath’s big barrel and fake model to Rose Lavelle, who let the ball overtake her and caught the attention of two English defenders. Lavelle’s non-touch opened O’Hara for Press, a 30-year-old from Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Press’s head scarcely touched England’s backup goalie Carly Telford (5-foot-8) with her fingertips.

England’s best goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, born and raised in the United States, has been injured and can no longer play. Bardsley, six-foot tall, was injured in the Lioness’s last match against Norway, the Achilles tendon.

White, the English top gun, reacted a few minutes after the opening of the press when she shot home a heavy pass from Beth Mead in the 19th minute.

The Löwinnen came Tuesday as outsider 2: 1 against the United States, which currently form the world ranking, but gave the Americans all they could. England had a time advantage of 53% to 46%.

In the previous seven FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, the US has won three leagues, finishing second and three times third.

“I think we put a lot of things on this trip together and we have a game to finish,” Morgan said of the title game on Sunday.

Rapinoe, 33, told Fox that his Achilles tendon had to be healed in order to play Sunday. She felt how close it was to France at the end of Friday’s big win.

“Just a bit of day-to-day stress, but I feel ready for the final,” she said. “It’s hard, three days constantly on this old body.”

The Americans were in great shape, ignoring, not to say prospering, a myriad of dramas that could have beaten earlier teams.

Last week, Rapinoe unleashed a storm online when she said in a filmed interview, “I’m not going to the White House,” when the United States won the World Cup.

This prompted President Donald Trump to punish Rapinoe on Twitter for his alleged disrespect for the country. But her teammates and US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, quickly defended and took the American star in her arms.