The U.S. played its best game of the Women’s World Cup andbeat Germany 2-0 to advance to Sunday’s World Cup final in Vancouver. Thanks to a ruthless 69th-minute penalty kick by Carli Lloyd, a gorgeous second from Kelley O’Hara and some helpful officiating from Romanian referee Teodora Albon, the U.S. will play in the sport’s biggest game for the second straight time, either in a rematch of the 2011 final against Japan or against upstart England.
There were plenty of heart-stopping moments, including a scary collision of heads in the first half between Morgan Brian and Alexandra Poppand a 60th-minute penalty miss by Germany’s Celia Sasic, in which she sprayed her spot kick wide left.
And there were two big calls that went the U.S.’s way: One when Julie Johnston avoided what should have been a red card for a denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, and a second when Alex Morgan appeared to be just outside the penalty box when Annike Krahn made contact with her, which set up Lloyd’s winner.
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