Congratulations to the USWNT, who outplayed the world’s No. 1-ranked team during Women’s World Cup
The United States advanced to the World Cup final on Tuesday with its most impressive performance in recent memory, notching a 2-0 victory over a top-ranked German team that had steamrolled its way to the semifinals.
It took six games, but against Germany, the number one ranked team in the world, the USWNT finally showed how well they can play. They got a very big break from a blown call for their first goal, but the Americans played better throughout the match and deserved their victory.
From the beginning, Germany pressed the USWNT defenders very high up on the pitch, and created a couple of turnovers that led to decent goal scoring chances. But mostly the Americans dealt with the pressure just fine, and its bigger effect was creating a somewhat ragged, open game from end to end. As the half wore on, the USWNT seized control.
The Americans, who looked discordant in the early parts of the tournament, seem to be peaking at the perfect time. They looked harmonious and controlled play against the favored Germans for large stretches of the match at Olympic Stadium.
Carli Lloyd, who had scored in the team’s two previous wins, put her stamp on yet another night, scoring on a penalty kick in the 69th minute and providing the game-killing assist on Kelley O’Hara’s goal 15 minutes later.
The United States will find out its opponent on Wednesday, when Japan plays England in Edmonton.
The United States’ starting lineup contained a few surprises when it was revealed an hour before the game. Coach Jill Ellis, for the first time in this tournament, diverted from the straightforward 4-4-2 formation that she had preferred. She used Alex Morgan as her sole, true forward, and shifted Lloyd up from midfield into more of a withdrawn forward role.