Three things we learned from England v USA

Ruben Hill
July 3, 2019

Rapinoe, who scored both goals for the U.S.in a quarterfinal win against France, had a hamstring strain and was replaced by Christen Press in the lineup and the selection by coach Jill Ellis paid dividends in the 10th minute, when she smashed a header past Telford from a Kelley O'Hara cross to make it 1-0.

USA, the tournament favourites, will either face Sweden or the Netherlands in Sunday's final in Lyon, France.

Morgan celebrated her goal by miming sipping a cup of tea, which some saw as an attempt at a wind-up towards the English. "I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebrations", Morgan told reporters after the game.

Scorer of all four USA goals in the previous two rounds, the 33-year-old played no part due to a hamstring injury.

With the miss, England failed to convert on three out of four penalty-kick opportunities in the tournament - the most misses by a country in a Women's World Cup since 2011; Parris had taken the previous three attempts.

The victor of today's showdown faces the victor of the other semifinal being played Wednesday between the Netherlands and Sweden (3 PM ET/noon PT, FS1) in Sunday's final.

But Neville refused to wallow in the loss and believes his side are close to being on the same level as the U.S. - who are ranked No 1 in the world - with an eye already on Saturday's third-place play-off.

However, they were back level on 19 minutes as Beth Mead's pinpoint delivery picked out White and she steered the ball in off the frame of the goal for her sixth of the tournament.

"I'm expecting to be fit for the final and ready to go", Rapinoe said.

VAR did provide England with a lifeline though, a penalty awarded for a foul on White, but Houghton's soft spot kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher. "She saved our butts today", said Morgan.

After the break, Ellen White scored but the goal was disallowed by VAR, which ruled that she was just offside - by one hand and half a boot!

The USWNT will have to best England on Tuesday in the semifinals in Lyon, and the Three Lionesses are formidable foes.

The United States has won 11 straight World Cup matches and is undefeated in its last 16.

The biggest drawback of England's efforts to slow the game down, however, meant that they were slow to close down crosses from wide areas - which directly lead to the United States' two goals.

Furious fans also took to social media to slam Morgan, with one writing: 'I hope you get beat in the final - I'll enjoy my tea.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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