USA Women Beat England, Advance To World Cup Final
Alex Morgan's (pictured) goal in the 31st minute gave the United States the lead they would not relinquish, as the Americans got by England 2-1 in the Women's World Cup semifinals in Lyon, France on Tuesday.
Christen Press, who was a surprise replacement for top player Megan Rapinoe in the starting lineup, scored the American's first goal early in the first half.
England scored their only goal in the 19th minute off the foot of striker Ellen White. The English side did have the tying goal disallowed in the second half after video review ruled that an English player was offside.
The English had another opportunity to tie the game with about ten minutes remaining when they were allowed a penalty kick after video review ruled that American defender Becky Sauerbrunn committed a foul in the penalty area. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher then stopped the penalty shot by England's Steph Houghton to preserve the lead and the eventual victory.
The Americans move on to Sunday's final, where they'll play the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands.