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USA all the way into Final
 Women's Football News 1 Jul 2015
 
United States 2 (Lloyd pen 69, O'Hara 84) Germany 0
The United States are through to the World Cup Final for the fourth time after two second half goals gave them victory against Germany in Montreal. 
 
It was a tale of two penalties as first Celia Sasic missed from the spot for the Germans, then a controversial award put the USA in front and scorer Carli Lloyd turned provider for the second, substitute Kelley O'Hara sealing the win with her first international goal.
 
The result was a deserved one on the night for Jill Ellis' side with Lloyd having a superb match in midfield, although Germany can also justifiably point to two refereeing decisions which probably changed the course of the game.
 
It was the USA who were quickly into their stride and carried the game towards Germany early on, a Megan Rapinoe corner being met at the near post by Julie Johnston whose header was saved by Nadine Angerer.
 
Angerer was again to come to her side's rescue shortly afterwards, this time blocking an Alex Morgan shot with her legs after the striker had been put through on goal by a shrewd pass from Carli Lloyd.
 
Germany threatened little in terms of an attacking force during the first half, their best moments coming from the overlapping Leonie Maier and Simone Laudehr on the right, but USA were looking the likelier to score all the time and Morgan was to work herself another opportunity just before half time, beating Annike Krahn with a good piece of skill but the angle was too acute and her shot flashed across the face of goal.
 
As the second half began, Germany began to come into the game more with Anja Mittag heading just wide but on the hour mark, they were given the perfect opportunity to open the scoring. A long ball forward was not dealt with by Johnston and Alexandra Popp stole in to take the ball, resulting in her being hauled down by the defender with only Hope Solo to beat. Amazingly, Johnston was only shown a yellow card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity and Sasic shot wide from the spot, dragging her kick past the post.
 
Nine minutes later, that miss was compounded even further for the Germans amidst more controversy. Morgan made a driving run towards the box and was barged over by Krahn. The foul was just outside the area but momentum had taken Morgan inside and a penalty was given to the Americans. This time, Lloyd demonstrated great coolness in guiding her shot unerringly into the corner of the net.
 
Germany pushed hard for an equaliser but could not make an impression against a determined USA defence. Indeed, the Germans were largely restricted to long range efforts which caused little threat to Solo's goal.
 
The game was sealed with six minutes left to play when USA scored their second goal. After initial good work from Meghan Klingenberg, her pass picked out Lloyd in the area where she dribbled past Krahn before crossing for O'Hara to get inside of Tabea Kemme and poke the ball home from six yards. 
 
United States: Hope Solo, Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe (sub Abby Wambach 80mins), Morgan Brian, Alex Morgan (sub Sydney Leroux 90mins), Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath (sub Kelley O'Hara 75mins).

Germany: Nadine Angerer, Leonie Maier, Tabea Kemme, Saskia Bartusiak, Annike Krahn, Simone Laudehr, Lena Goessling, Melanie Leupolz, Celia Sasic, Alexandra Popp, Anja Mittag (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 77mins).

Player of the match: Carli Lloyd.


 
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