LYON, France (AP/WFXR) — Alex Morgan’s first-half header and Alyssa Naeher’s penalty shot save lifted the United States over England, 2-1, in the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to advance to Sunday’s final.
Qualifying for its third consecutive World Cup final, the United States will play the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden. The US is seeking its fourth World Cup title.
Alex Morgan’s header in the 32nd minute put the Americans on top after Christen Press opened the scoring in the ninth minute for the United States.
England’s Ellen White scored the equalizer ten minutes after the opening goal, becoming the first England player to score in five World Cup games in a row.
England had numerous chances in the second half. White’s shot in the 67th minute was overturned after VAR ruled her offside.
Then, in what may go down as the defining moment of USA’s World Cup run, Naeher stopped a penalty shot in the 84th minute, preserving the United States’ 2-1 lead.
The Americans are playing without Rapinoe, who scored the United States’ four goals in the knockout rounds prior to Tuesday’s semifinal in Lyon. The midfielder did not participate in pregame warm-ups though she did take the field with her teammates.
Fox Sports reported at halftime that Rapinoe was withheld from the lineup because of a hamstring injury.