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England have been knocked out of the Women's World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to the USA in a game filled with VAR drama. Late penalty save sees Americans to third straight World Cup Final. The Americans held on in a physical second half to advance to their third straight World Cup Final where they'll play the winner of the Netherlands and Sweden matchup. The highlight of the second half way surely Alyssa Naeher's massive penalty save late in the match
What a first half! After an early goal for the USA by Christen Press off of a beautiful cross, England stormed back, catching the USA’s defense off guard. Ellen White equalize with a Lewandowski-esque redirected shot. But England couldn’t keep Alex Morgan at bay, as she scored to put the USA back in front.
Christen Press, in for the absent Megan Rapinoe, put the US ahead in the 10th minute with a fine header but the Lionesses fought back, levelling nine minutes later with Ellen White's sixth goal of the tournament.
The US restored their advantage in the 31st minute through Alex Morgan's header from Lindsey Horan's perfectly floated ball - a goal which Morgan, on her 30th birthday, celebrated with a mocking 'sip of tea' gesture. England thought they had levelled in the 69th minute, through another excellent White finish, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR video review.
England thought they had levelled in the 69th minute, through another excellent White finish, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR video review. Megan Rapinoe was left out of the starting lineup due to a hamstring injury.
Christen Press, replacing Rapinoe at forward, scored the opening goal 10 minutes into the match. Neville says he is already looking to the future as England look to win a major tournament for the first time. His contract runs until the end of Euro 2021, which is being held in England - with the final at Wembley. Prior to that, the former Manchester United player will also take charge of the Great Britain team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics - they qualified as a result of England's run to the World Cup semi-finals.
"It's about winning," said Neville. "I can't say to my players: 'Unlucky.' That's white noise to them, because they wanted to win. That tells me that we're closer than we've ever been. We came here to win and we didn't do that. "Football can be cruel. We have had a fantastic ride. When we got the penalty I turned to my bench and said 'we are going to win it' but it wasn't to be.
"We knew it was going to be an open game and I felt they were starting to run out of steam in the second half. "We only had a 10-minute period in the first half where we played with the belief that we talked about. We stood off them too much. We will learn massively from this."
Neville accepted the offside decision against White was correct but said Bright should not have been shown her first yellow card and he thought "the referee wasn't really in control of the game".
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