June 30, 2015
U.S. plays best game, tops Germany to advance
MONTREAL—Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara scored to give the United States a 2-0 win over Germany at Olympic Stadium Tuesday night, sending the second ranked Americans into the final of the World Cup.
|Kelley O'Hara came on as a sub and within nine minutes gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
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The United States will now face the winner of Wednesday’s England-Japan game in the final at BC Place Stadium on Sunday. This will be the U.S.’s fourth appearance in the final, and second straight after losing to Japan four years ago. It is the first time they are appearing in back to back finals.
Lloyd scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute that was set up in the 67th minute, when Alex Morgan made a run toward the box with the ball. Germany’s Annike Krahn impeded her way just on the line, and referee Teodora Albon showed the German a yellow and awarded the penalty kick. Lloyd, scored her third goal of the World Cup and second on a penalty kick by drilling a shot to the right of Nadine Angerer’s goal.
The Americans scored a second goal for the first time in any game in this World Cup in the 84th minute. Llloyd got the ball on the edge of the area and made a run at goal. With Angerer moving out toward her, Lloyd cut the ball across to a waiting O’Hara who had just entered the game in the 75th minute. O'Hara stuck her right foot out and poked the ball into the net for her first international goal.
Getting off their best start of any game in this World Cup, the United States put constant pressure on Germany. In fact, other than a shot very early in the game by Alexandra Popp, much of the half was played in front of the Germany goal.
The United States almost scored three times in the first 15 minutes, with Angerer making saves on shots by Julie Johnston, Megan Rapinoe and making a spectacular foot save on a Morgan Brian shot.
The constant pressure continued to stretch but not break the German defense. In the 25th minute, Lloyd took one of her booming long distance shots from about 25 yards out. The shot was blocked before it presented any real danger.
Megan Klingenberg also tried from distance, firing a shot from the top of the penalty arc in the 36th minute before having that headed out by a defender. The U.S. had five corner kicks before halftime.
Both teams had a moment of fear, when in the 29th minute, Brian and Popp collided heads going up for a header near the goal. Popp was visibly bloodied, and Brian seemed dazed. After a four minute delay, the game resumed with both players on the sidelines, but they re-entered shortly thereafter.
Lloyd opened the second half sending a header wide to the left, but after that the Germans appeared to have recomposed themselves.
In the 53rd minute, after a long ball into the area, Anja Mittag took a shot that Hope Solo dove to tap out . The U.S. then dodged a bullet in the 59th minute, when Johnston was given a yellow card for pulling Popp down in the area. Célia Šašić stepped up to tae the kick, as Solo wandered away from the goal line, perhaps playing a little mind game, which appeared to have worked as Šašić sent her shot wide to the left, as Solo went the other way.