Semi-finals - 13/07/2011 - 18:00CET (18:00 local time) - Borussia-Park - Monchengladbach
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Clinical United States sink France to reach final

Published: Wednesday 13 July 2011, 19.55CET
France 1-3 United States
The United States remain on course to win a third FIFA Women's World Cup after overcoming France in an engaging semi-final in Monchengladbach.

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Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target11
 
6
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners10
 
5
Fouls committed10
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 13 July 2011, 19.55CET

Clinical United States sink France to reach final

France 1-3 United States
The United States remain on course to win a third FIFA Women's World Cup after overcoming France in an engaging semi-final in Monchengladbach.

The United States are through to their third FIFA Women's World Cup final after completing a 3-1 win against France in Monchengladbach.

In a close-fought contest France appeared to be in the ascendancy when Sonia Bompastor cancelled out Laura Cheney's early opener ten minutes after the restart but the clinical finishing of Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan in the last 11 minutes proved decisive.

Though France started the match well, with Marie-Laure Delie's shot deflecting over the bar and Louisa Necib forcing goalkeeper Hope Solo to tip her effort over moments later, it was Pia Sundhage's side who took the lead. Heather O'Reilly raced down the left and crossed for Laura Cheney to finish from close range. Carli Lloyd and Wambach then headed presentable chances wide before Les Bleues roused themselves, Gaëtane Thiney being frustrated by a superb Solo save on the half-hour.

Bompastor came even closer with an angled long shot that crashed off the bar, but the French midfielder would not be denied when her intended cross eluded Thiney, deceived Solo and went in off the far post. Now France had the bit between their teeth. Camille Abily's rasping drive just cleared the woodwork, before Solo conceded possession to Eugénie Le Sommer who squandered her opportunity.

Despite France's dominance in possession, however, it was the two-time tournament winners who emerged victorious, their superior finishing the difference between the teams. First the towering Wambach rose highest to nod Cheney's hanging corner past Bérangère Sapowicz. Then, three minutes later, substitute Morgan ran through to deliver the clinching blow from a tight angle.

 

Last updated: 13/07/11 20.28CET

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Lineup

France

France

USA

United States

16Bérangère Sapowicz (GK)1Hope Solo (GK)
4Laura Georges3Christie Rampone (C)
5Ophélie Meilleroux4Rebecca Sauerbrunn
6Sandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Substitution78
6Amy LePeilbet
8Sonia Bompastor
Goal55
7Shannon Boxx
10Camille Abily8Amy Rodriguez
Substitution56
11Laure Lepailleur9Heather O'Reilly
Substitution87
14Louisa Necib10Carli Lloyd
Substitution65
15Élise Bussaglia11Alex Krieger
17Gaëtane Thiney12Lauren Cheney
Goal9
18Marie-Laure Delie
Substitution46
20Abby Wambach
Goal79

Substitutes

1Céline Deville (GK)21Jill Loyden (GK)
21Laetitia Philippe (GK)18Nicole Barnhart (GK)
2Wendie Renard2Heather Mitts
3Laure Boulleau5Kelley O'Hara
7Corine Franco13Alex Morgan
Substitution56
Goal82
9Eugénie Le Sommer
Substitution46
14Stephanie Cox
12Élodie Thomis
Substitution78
Yellow Card90
15Megan Rapinoe
Substitution65
13Caroline Pizzala16Lori Lindsey
19Sandrine Bretigny17Tobin Heath
Substitution87
20Sabrina Viguier19Rachel Buehler

Coach

Bruno Bini (FRA) Pia Sundhage (SWE)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tonja Paavola (FIN), Anu Jokela (FIN)

Fourth official

Christina Westrum Pedersen (NOR)

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See also

  • France

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v Sweden, 16 July 2011, 2-1
  • United States

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v Japan, 17 July 2011, 5-3
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