The United States, on Tuesday night, cruised into their fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup final after beating England 2-1 in a dramatic semi-final match in Lyon.
The defending champions will be looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time against either the Netherlands or Sweden in Sunday’s final.
The Americans took the lead in the 10th minute through Christen Press’ thumping header from Kelley O’Hara’s cross to the back post.
England responded with Ellen White’s brilliant first-time finish from Beth Mead’s low cross, but Alex Morgan’s free header from close range restored the US lead and took her to six goals for the tournament, level as top scorer with White.
In a breathtaking contest, White’s strike was disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR) for the narrowest of offsides and captain Steph Houghton missed a penalty late on.
The spot-kick was awarded after a check by the VAR with the referee coming to the pitchside monitor and adjudging White had been tripped by Becky Sauerbrunn in the box.
England also had defender Millie Bright dismissed for a second yellow card with four minutes to go after a challenge which caught Alex Morgan on the shin.
Keira Walsh’s curling effort was brilliantly palmed away by Alyssa Naeher with England unable to find the equaliser.