by Carlos D. Mojica (@CD_Mojica) | Photo by Jorge Martínez
The U.S Women’s National Team reached its fourth World Cup Final after defeating number one-ranked Germany. The Americans put on their best display in Canada so far, as goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara saw them sink the Germans while keeping a clean sheet in the process.
After struggling in the group stage and looking vulnerable, the U.S. switched from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1 against Germany, which proved to be more offensive minded.
The first half saw both teams battle it out on midfield, although the Americans had the clearer chances. Alex Morgan came close to scoring in the 9th minute, when she found herself one-on-one with Nadine Angerer, but the goalkeeper managed to save the shot with her foot.
Germany attempted to create chances through the flanks, but the American defense proved to be impenetrable, clearing or playing the ball out of danger every time the Germans got too close to home. Germany was forced to attempt shots from a distance, but it was to no effect.