• Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

    U.S. tops Germany for Women’s World Cup final spot

    The USA (pictured) celebrates after defeating Germany in the FIFA Women's World Cup semifinals on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    MONTREAL -- Midfielder Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick and set up the insurance goal to lift the United States into the FIFA Women's World Cup championship game with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Germany on Tuesday night.

    For the fourth time in seven tries, the CONCACAF champion booked a spot in the final, where it will meet the England-Japan winner in Vancouver on July 5.

    The U.S. put on another sterling defensive performance, extending its shutout streak to 513 minutes by blanking a team that entered the evening with a tournament-best 20 goals.

    The encounter turned within a nine-minute span in the second half, before a pro American crowd of 51,157 at the Stade Olympique.

    First, the Germans were awarded a penalty kick after center-back Julie Johnston fouled Alexandra Popp in the area in the 59th minute. A minute later, Celia Sasic, who scored twice on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal win over France, drilled her attempt just wide left as goalkeeper Hope Solo dove in the opposite direction.

    Given second life, the Americans went on the attack and their efforts paid off as Alex Morgan was taken down inside the area by Annike Krahn in the 67th minute. Lloyd buried her kick from the spot into the right corner as goalkeeper Nadine Angerer went the other way for a 1-0 lead the 69th minute. It was the third consecutive match that Lloyd found the back of the net.

    Only 10 minutes after replacing Tobin Heath, Kelley O’Hara made it 2-0 with her first international goal. After receiving a superb feed from Meghan Klingenberg in the left side of the box, Lloyd beat her defender to the goal line and crossed for O’Hara, who cunningly stuck out her right to finish from two-yards out.

    The U.S. will be going for its first Women’s World Cup title since 1999 and third overall.

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