The United States Womens' National Team beat Germany, 2-0, to advance to the finals of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup on June 30. The Americans will face the winner of the England vs. Japan semifinals match on July 1.
The United States is back in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
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The Americans beat Germany, 2-0, in the semifinal round of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Montreal on June 30 to secure their second consecutive appearance in the tournament's Final round, per FIFA's official website.
Germany's Celia Sasic missed a penalty kick while the United Stats' Carli Lloyd made her own penalty kick in the 69th minute. Lloyd then set up Kelley O'Hara for a score in the 84th minute to secure the victory, per FIFA.com.
In a match pitting the world's two highest-ranked teams, physicality and a fast-paced tempo was the norm.
The United States controlled the tempo during a scoreless first half. Germany pressed hard on defense while its counterpart "looked steadfast" in that facet, per FIFA.com.
Alex Morgan had an opportunity to put the Americans on the board but was denied by German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer on a one-on-one opportunity. Moments later, Morgan tried to score from close range but her attempt sailed wide, per FIFA.com.
Germany had a chance of its own to score the game's first goal in the opening minutes of the second half but Anja Mittag's header sailed wide as well.
Minutes later, USA defender Julie Johnston incurred a penalty when she nailed Germany's Alexandera Popp with a hard hit to the head as the latter closed in on her from the blind side.
Play resumed only after the blood dripping from Popp's head had been washed off, per ESPN.
Alas, Sasic's penalty kick sailed wide left to the delight of the Americans and the dismay of her German teammates, per FIFA.com.
The ESPN update says it was the first time Germany missed a penalty kick in the history of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Nine minutes after Sasic's botched opportunity, Annike Krahn fouled Morgan and incurred a penalty in the process. Lloyd's penalty kick found the mark for a 1-0 lead for USA with 21 minutes left to play, per FIFA's official website.
Fifteen minutes later, Lloyd brought the ball into the penalty area on the left side of the net where she was met by Angerer. However, Lloyd pulled back and dished the ball to a streaking O'Hara for the uncontested goal to put the United States up, 2-0, per FIFA.com.
For The Win's Laken Litman stresses United States coach Jill Ellis' switch to the 4-5-1 formation worked wonders for her team. Lloyd playing in front of Morgan Brian and Lauren Holiday was also a key strategy for their squad.
Litman expected Morgan to score as she was the lone striker in Ellis' 4-5-1 formation. However, she missed three shots from close range. She made up for them by setting up Lloyd's penalty kick when Krahn fouled her.
Germany's coach, Silvia Neid, told Litman the foul clearly occurred outside the penalty box.
"It was clearly outside of the area and it can be seen quite clearly on TV," Neid said.
Nonetheless, Litman credits the Americans' defense in this one. Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Ali Krieger all played vital roles in limiting Germany, which scored a total of 20 goals in its previous matches, to zero.
The United States will now await the winner of the England vs. Japan semifinals match on July 1. The winner will move on to face the Americans in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final on July 5, per FIFA.com.
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