The United States defeated top-ranked Germany 2-0 in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup at Montreal On Tuesday night.
After a barren first half, strikes from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara in the second session were enough to see the U.S. through to the final. The two-time world champions now await the winners of Wednesday’s second semifinal between reigning champions Japan and England at Edmonton.
Celia Sasic missed the spot early into the second half as the Germans began the second session with more urgency. This is Germany’s first penalty miss in the history of the World Cup, which almost cost them the match. Within less than ten minutes on the other side of the turf the U.S. were awarded a spot-kick. Carli Lloyd calmly slotted home sending German custodian Nadine Angerer the wrong way to give her side the lead. That was in the 69th minute of the match.
The goal seemed to take the steam out of German attack. Five minutes from the long whistle, substitute O’Hara struck her first international goal to secure the U.S.’ place in Sunday’s championship clash at Vancouver.
The opponent “doesn’t matter,” according to U.S. Coach Jill Elis.
“One opponent stands in our way.”
The U.S. side started their campaign roughly in the group stage but promised a brighter future. They displayed their best show in front of 51,176 spectators, roaring in their favor at Olympic stadium.
“We’ve been building into the tournament, and obviously this is our best performance by far in a lot of different ways,” Megan Rapinoe said. “We stuck to our game plan and stuck to what our coaches were telling us. We always stayed true to what we were doing and felt it was going to come together, and it felt like it did tonight.”
Now glory awaits them.