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The USA beat England 2-1 to reach women's World Cup final

The USA beat England 2-1 to reach women's World Cup final

England fell down a goal early, but battled back to tie the game before going down 2-1 in the 31st minute to a goal from United States striker Alex Morgan.

"It happened late in the second half of the France game".

That may be the game no-one wants to play but Neville said England could head there knowing they had given their all. We're here for one thing.

Rapinoe was on a roll. And Rapinoe struck a victorious pose in a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over France on Friday night in Paris.

The United States is dealing with another injury concern as well.

When England smashed through to the quarter-finals after beating Cameroon 3-0, Beth was pumped-but she feared she wouldn't be able to watch the match while attending Glastonbury festival.

She was the match victor in both the last-16 and the quarterfinal, and by saying she would not go to the White House should the USA win the competition, she has become a hero to some and a villain to others.

Had the United States of America struggled to penetrate, her injury-induced omission would have been the topic on everyone's lips. Christen Press started in her place. Rapinoe's absence was quickly forgotten. It's always this way, because when you're the premier team in the world, you're always going to have noise, external stuff to deal with, but I think we have a really unique way to make sure everything is about the game plan, the preparation.

While the English may have been spared the threat of Rapinoe, the victor of the second semi-final is unlikely to enjoy the same luck.

Sauerbrunn explained later: "I don't think she needed to have a big moment for us to know how good she was". Rapinoe gave her a bear hug.

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She ended that drought in Lyon, finding the victor with a superlative-defying header.

United States' Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring her side's second goal during the Women's World Cup semifinal soccer match between England and the United States, at the Stade de Lyon, outside Lyon, France, Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Nor accept just being in the top four, with predecessor Mark Sampson leading England to third place at the 2015 World Cup and the semifinals at Euro 2017.

Playing on her 30th birthday, Morgan broke out a goal celebration - her mimicking drinking tea - that had the internet a buzz.

Some interpreted this as a dig at English culture, but the forward downplayed its significance in the post-match press conference.

"Obviously we have fun with celebrations and we had to keep it interesting".

"That tells me that we are closer than we have ever been because, maybe in the past, we have accepted the semi-finals and we would have got lots of plaudits but my players don't want to hear that anymore".

Unperturbed by the change, the Americans came flying out of the blocks like they have in every match at this tournament.

Somewhat ironically, it was Thailand who held them out for longest - before conceding 13 goals.