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Carli Lloyd Inspires USA To The Final

USA 2

Carli Lloyd penalty 69, Kelley O’Hara 84

 

Germany 0

Celia Sasic missed penalty 60

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Semi-Final

Carli Lloyd Inspires USA Into The Final

Once again, Carli Lloyd was the hero for USA as they defeated the favourites Germany 2-0. The first half was a tight and goalless affair, but the second half saw two penalties. Whilst Germany missed theirs, USA took full advantage.
Germany were awarded theirs when Julie Johnston pulled back Alexandra Popp. Celia Sasic tried to replicate the penalty she had scored against France, but this time placed it the wrong side of the left post. USA were lucky with their penalty award as Alex Morgan was just outside the box when Annike Krahn fouled her, but Lloyd took full advantage with a perfect penalty.
Lloyd then set up Kelley O’Hara to score her first international goal late on to seal the Americans’ place in the Final, where they will try and go one step further than last time. Their keeper Hope Solo also equaled the record for most clean sheets in the World Cup with her tenth.
Germany will be disappointed that from their 15 shots on goal, only one was on target.
The USA will either play Japan (a repeat of the 2011 Final) or England in the Final.

Team News

The changes both sides made were due to returning players from suspension. USA changed formation from a 4-4-2 to a 4-4-1. Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe replaced Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez – with Carli Lloyd playing just off Alex Morgan.

Germany made one change with Saskia Bartusiak replacing Babett Peter in the centre of defence.

Match Report

The semi-final started with a high intensity and Germany created the match’s first chance. Lena Goessling’s corner picked out the unmarked Melanie Leupolz, but leaning back she could only head over.

America came close to scoring from their own corner soon after. Megan Rapinoe’s corner was played into the near post where Julie Johnston flicked her header towards goal, but she was denied by Nadine Angerer’s legs.

Germany then had their only shot on target, when Alexandra Popp’s cross had to be tipped over by Hope Solo.

Minutes later, Angerer denied America again. Carli Lloyd’s through-ball split the German defence and played Alex Morgan into the box, but one-on-one her shot was saved by the keeper’s legs.

There was a four minute delay after a German free-kick, as Morgan Brian and Popp clashed with their heads when challenging for the ball. The German was cut during the incident, but both players were able to carry on.

A fortunate defensive header nearly handed America the lead. Megan Klingenberg’s shot was harmless, but it hit Saskia Bartusiak’s head, wrong-footing Angerer who could only breath a sigh of relief as the ball bounced wide of the far post.

Then some lovely skill nearly saw the USA take the lead in the closing stages of the first half. Morgan brilliantly poked the ball past Annike Krahn to beat her, and then she tried to curl the ball into the top corner but failed.

The USA could have taken the lead early in the second half. Rapinoe’s corner picked out the unmarked Lloyd but she headed wide.

Germany came close to scoring minutes later. Simone Laudehr played a delightful ball into the box, Anja Mittag headed it towards the far post and Solo just got the touch required to tip the ball around the post. Replays showed the header was just going wide.

And then Germany were awarded a penalty. A long ball was played into the box and as Popp was about to fire the trigger, she was pulled back by Johnston. The referee awarded the defender a yellow card when it should have been a red due to the fact is was both denying a goal-scoring opportunity, and she was the last defender. Celia Sasic, who had scored the crucial equalising penalty against France, was made to wait by Solo’s antics and seemed distracted. The striker sent the keeper the wrong way, but placed the ball wide of the left post.

Seven minutes later, America had their own penalty. Morgan ran towards the box and on the edge was brought down by Krahn. The challenge was shown by replays to be just outside the box. Like Sasic, Lloyd was made to wait but unlike the German remained focused, and converted with a perfect penalty.

Then America doubled their lead. Klingenberg played Lloyd into the box, she broke to the byline where she crossed the ball back across the six-yard box to Kelly O’Hara who was left with a simple finish.

Germany never looked like they were going to score, and the game petered out towards the final whistle.

The defeat sees the end of Silvia Neid’s reign as German manager. As a player, she won the UEFA Women’s Championship three times. As the manager, she won the UEFA Women’s Championship twice, as well as winning the 2007 World Cup. She was the inaugural winner of the FIFA World Coach of the Year in Women’s Football, and repeated that award three years later.

Woman of the Match

Carli Lloyd – USA

Teams

USA: (4-4-1-1) Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath (Kelley O’Hara 75), Lauren Holiday, Morgan Brian, Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach 80), Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan (Sydney Leroux 90+3).

Goals: Carli Lloyd penalty 69, Kelley O’Hara 84.

Booked: Becky, Sauerbrunn 38, Julie Johnston 59.

Germany: (4-2-3-1) Nadine Angerer, Leonie Maier, Annike Krahn, Saskia Bartusiak, Tabea Kemme, Lena Goesslig, Melanie Leupolz, Simone Laudehr, Anja Mittag (Dzsenifer Marozsan 77), Alexandra Popp, Celia Sasic

Missed penalty: Celia Sasic 60.

Booked: Leonie Maier 34, Annike Krahn 67.

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