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02/07/19
Groupama Stadium
Women's World Cup • Semifinal
  • 2nd Half
  • England (W)
  • USA (W)
  • Parris
    90'
  • DalyStanway
    89'
  • O'HaraKrieger
    88'
  • Bright
    86'
  • Sauerbrunn
    83'
  • HeathLloyd
    80'
  • WalshMoore
    71'
  • LavelleMewis
    65'
  • MeadKirby
    58'
  • Horan
    47'
  • 1st Half
  • England (W)
  • USA (W)
  • Bright
    40'
  • Morgan
    31'
  • White
    19'
  • Press
    10'
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Congratulations to the USA - Lucy Bronze is still howling in England's post-match circle - on Sunday they will play the winner of tomorrow night's semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden. Whoever loses - well, the Lionesses will face them on Saturday in an effort to retain their bronze medal. Thanks for your company this evening.

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But that's the third semi-final in a row where England have failed to progress, and something needs to change if they're really going to be one of the genuine powerhouses of the game.

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The USA deserved that win - they worked hard for it - but England had their chances and didn't take them. Ellen White is crying as she applauds the fans.

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Hugs all round for the USA side then into a massive huddle, and Lucy Bronze is lying prone and weeping.

90'+7 

FULL-TIME. The USA are into the World Cup final, England are into the third-place play-off of glorious failure.

90'+6 

Daft long ball forward from Jade Moore to nobody in particular.

90'+5

Parris shoves Lloyd over and gets booked, but that's a cumulation of a lot of little digs.

90'+4 

Oh, this is just ludicrous. Demi Stokes drops the ball when she's about to take a throw - and it's a foul throw.

90'+2 

Ellen White and Alyssa Naeher are having a real set-to as the England striker continues to run the goalkeeper down.

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Seven minutes to be added on here.

  • Georgia Stanway
    OffRachel DalyEngland (W)Georgia Stanway replaces Rachel Daly.
    TodayFouls1Fouls against2
  • Georgia Stanway
    OnGeorgia StanwayEngland (W)
89'

Georgia Stanway replaces Rachel Daly.

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  • Ali Krieger
    OffKelley O'HaraUSA (W)Krieger replaces O'Hara.
    TodayAssists1Fouls against1
  • Ali Krieger
    OnAli KriegerUSA (W)
88'

Krieger replaces O'Hara.

  • Millie Bright
    Red cardMillie BrightEngland (W)Millie Bright is off, and deservedly so. What a stupid challenge there on Morgan, studs up, for a second bookable offence, reducing England to ten players.
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86'

Millie Bright is off, and deservedly so. What a stupid challenge there on Morgan, studs up, for a second bookable offence, reducing England to ten players.

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It was low to Naeher's right. One has to say that was brave from Steph Houghton - the captain - stepping up to take such a decisive penalty in place of Parris, who's not on good spot-kick form and is under pressure. But...a bad kick.

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And she misses.

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Houghton to take.

  • Becky Sauerbrunn
    Yellow cardBecky SauerbrunnUSA (W)Booking for Sauerbrunn.
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83'

Booking for Sauerbrunn.

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SHE HAS GIVEN A PENALTY

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OK, now the referee is checking VAR for a possible penalty. VAR makes me so stressed, I cannot cope.

  • Carli Lloyd
    OffTobin HeathUSA (W)Carli Lloyd replaces Tobin Heath.
    TodayFouls1Free Kicks1Corners2
  • Carli Lloyd
    OnCarli LloydUSA (W)
80'

Carli Lloyd replaces Tobin Heath.

79' 

Ellen White is prone and screaming for a penalty after Parris picks up a great ball following a fabulous turn from Fran Kirby, but it's not given and the contact does look minimal.

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76' 

Tobin Heath is sitting on the floor, Alyssa Naeher is not taking a free kick, and everyone is having a drink.

74' 

Jill Scott is really looking excellent in the middle of the park now, and Fran Kirby looks revitalised.

73' 

Moore hits a long ball for Parris to chase, but not even Parris is quick enough for that.

  • Jade Moore
    OffKeira WalshEngland (W)Jade Moore replaces Keira Walsh.
    TodayOn target1
  • Jade Moore
    OnJade MooreEngland (W)
71'

Jade Moore replaces Keira Walsh.

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What a horror. That was a few millimetres offside, but looks like the right decision.

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The referee has given it offside. Gah.

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SO TENSE.

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VAR HAS BEEN CALLED FOR.

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Oh my goodness, another great ball, from Keira Walsh to Jill Scott, who just glances it forward to White...

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GOAL! ELLEN WHITE EQUALISES!

67' 

Telford claims that comfortably.

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66' 

Free kick to the USA after Daly shoves O'Hara over on the edge of the box.

  • Sam Mewis
    OffRose LavelleUSA (W)Lavelle is being shuffled off the pitch, and she's going to be replaced by Sam Mewis.
    TodayOn target2Blocked Shots1Wide1
  • Sam Mewis
    OnSam MewisUSA (W)
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Lavelle is being shuffled off the pitch, and she's going to be replaced by Sam Mewis.

64' 

Lavelle is on her knees and she is suffering with a hamstring tweak, it looks like.

62' 

Tobin Heath sends a lovely ball down the right wing towards the overlapping O'Hara, but it skims out of play.

61' 

England are passing the ball round in little short triangles but not doing anything with it except losing it every so often.

59' 

Screaming error from Telford, playing it out too short and Christen Press is quick on to it, but can't finish.

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Kirby involved instantly, putting a cross in from the right towards the back post, and O'Hara has to check where Parris is.

  • Francesca Kirby
    OffBeth MeadEngland (W)Here we go. Beth Mead coming off for Kirby.
    TodayAssists1Free Kicks1Corners2
  • Francesca Kirby
    OnFrancesca KirbyEngland (W)
58'

Here we go. Beth Mead coming off for Kirby.

57' 

Fran Kirby is warming up.

55' 

Rose Lavelle on another scything charge, but she lets the ball run long and Bronze clears.

54' 

Ertz sends a cross high over the crossbar under pressure from Beth Mead.

53' 

Bronze is really having to work hard to keep up with Press here, and then Daly slides in well on Dunn. USA throw-in.

52' 

Scott is unscathed and goes on a charge through the middle of the park, exchanges a one-two, then hauls Horan over in the box.

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Ertz and Scott have clashed in the middle of the park now, nasty smack of legs.

50' 

CLOSE! Mead swings it in, Bright nods it down, it bounces off Ertz, and White attempts a bicycle kick, which lands in the hands of Naeher.

49' 

Dunn goes through Parris, and it's a free kick to England on the edge of the box, on the right side.

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Horan has an odd landing now after going up for a ball with Daly. Drop ball for England, who are still struggling to keep possession.

  • Lindsey Horan
    Yellow cardLindsey HoranUSA (W)Lindsey Horan is putting her arms everywhere in this match, and has just clashed with Bronze. Booking.
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Lindsey Horan is putting her arms everywhere in this match, and has just clashed with Bronze. Booking.

46' 

Here we go for the second half, then, no changes for either side at half-time.

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HALF-TIME. Entertaining stuff, the USA marginally ahead and certainly the better side, but England have their chances and will need to bolster that midfield if they want to stop being so exposed by the world champions.

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One minute to be added on here.

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Much better corner from Mead, and Scott leans backwards and flicks her header wide.

45' 

Corner to England just before half-time. Bronze runs at Dunn who gets a toe in.

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There's a big bruise and cut under Scott's eye socket.

41' 

Jill Scott is down now after a coming together with Horan. She's holding her cheekbone.

41' 

Free kick sails out into touch.

  • Millie Bright
    Yellow cardMillie BrightEngland (W)Millie Bright has just raised an arm against Alex Morgan, who's down again, and she gets booked.
    TodayYellow Cards1Fouls1
40'

Millie Bright has just raised an arm against Alex Morgan, who's down again, and she gets booked.

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36' 

Bronze is defending relentlessly now, defying Horan after that error for the first goal.

35' 

Long-range effort from Ertz now, but that shot is always rising as it gets near the goal.

33' 

Great save from Naeher after a long-range dipping effort from Walsh, who is having a stormer.

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It was a good ball in from the left courtesy of Horan, and Stokes is left chasing a shadow in the box.

  • Alex Morgan
    GoalAlex MorganUSA (W)GOAL! Alex Morgan nods the USA back in front.
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GOAL! Alex Morgan nods the USA back in front.

30' 

Julie Ertz hasn't got the pace to reach a ball down the right, and Carly Telford gets a moment to breathe and exchange a couple of passes with Lucy Bronze.

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That was a hideous corner. Beth Mead is looking in a puzzled fashion at her boots.

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Mead to take.

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SO CLOSE! Walsh's ball in and SAUERBRUNN SHINS IT just past the post for a corner.

28' 

Lucy Bronze on the run now, and Beth Mead in space, but she slips before she can get a shot away.

27' 

Back in play with Demi Stokes taking on the drop ball.

24' 

Houghton gives the ball away to Ertz in the middle of the park, and Bronze ends up heading the back of the head of Alex Morgan, who needs some treatment.

23' 

The supporters in the stands are chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" obviously.

22' 

And that goal has really fired England up, as Rachel Daly goes on a jink down the right, with Dunn challenging in the area, timing it brilliantly.

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Well, that is interesting.

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Great ball from Keira Walsh out to Mead on the left, who takes it down with an excellent touch, and Ellen White hammers it home right-footed.

  • Ellen White
    GoalEllen WhiteEngland (W)GOAL! ELLEN WHITE!
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GOAL! ELLEN WHITE!

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Good running from Mead there, looking to play White in.

17' 

Houghton hits a pass too hard to Rachel Daly, who tries to play it back about two yards to Lucy Bronze but it's not on target and she has to run for it.

15' 

Lavelle is dancing around with the ball and combining brilliantly with Heath, letting a shot rip high of the crossbar.

13' 

Poor clearance from Naeher to Jill Scott, and Nikita Parris is right on to the ball forward, but the USA are defending in numbers and ready to break quickly.

11' 

Millie Bright is not looking comfortable at all tonight, and Beth Mead is playing much deeper on the left side of midfield than she might wish to do.

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Lucy Bronze looks horrified by herself and failure to close down there.

  • Christen Press
    GoalChristen PressUSA (W)GOAL! So much space in that box, ball in to the far post, and Christen Press nods it in.
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GOAL! So much space in that box, ball in to the far post, and Christen Press nods it in.

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8' 

Parris and Daly link up nicely on the right, and Sauerbrunn drops to her knees to make the clearance.

7' 

Bright thwacks a long ball forward on the left and Beth Mead can't get to that.

7' 

Heath is running Stokes ragged on the right at the moment - this is not a good start for England, they're leaving so much space.

6' 

Christen Press takes the free kick and it flies over everyone's heads, past Carly Telford's far post.

5' 

Jill Scott catches Morgan late - free kick about 15 yards outside the box.

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Walsh clears it, but it drops to Crystal Dunn, and then Lavelle runs rings around Bright before Alex Morgan skies her shot.

3' 

Tobin Heath goes toe to toe with Demi Stokes, who concedes a corner on the right.

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Bronze looks to be at full back at the moment with Daly just ahead of her.

2' 

Lavelle in possession, and sends in a cross towards the far post, where Bronze tries to run it out and launch a counter.

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Nikita Parris is running from wing to wing in these opening seconds.

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White takes the kick-off duties, playing it back immediately to Steph Houghton.

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ENGLAND KICK OFF.

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Handshakes, photos, and then...

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Here we go, then! Players are out and lining up ready for the anthems.

19:55 

The teams are lining up in the tunnel, and the stands are packed - mostly with USA fans, it has to be said.

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He adds that tonight is just another game - Sunday's final is a really massive one.

19:35 

"Beth's been really disappointed to be left out for the last two games," says Phil Neville, praising the pace of Mead and Rachel Daly.

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19:10 

The last time these two teams met was in March, in the SheBelieves Cup invitational. The score was 2-2 that day.

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Wow. There's a LOT to talk about there. Beth Mead starts up front for England, in place of Toni Duggan, and Rachel Daly is in too, meaning she might slot in at full back with Lucy Bronze moving into midfield - and there's no Megan Rapinoe for the USA, but Horan does start, and Samantha Mewis also drops to the bench.

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England - Telford, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes, Walsh, Scott, Daly, Parris, White, Mead. /// USA - Naeher, O'Hara, Dahlkemper, Sauerbrunn, Dunn, Horan, Ertz, Lavelle, Heath, Morgan, Press.

18:45 

BREAKING NEWS and this is a big one. Carly Telford starts in goal for England - Karen Bardsley has a hamstring injury.

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Meanwhile, the media circus has followed the USA across the Atlantic, with purple-haired winger Megan Rapinoe drawing much of the attention with her performances along with her proudly aired politics, and Ali Krieger boasting that the Americans have both the best and second-best team in the tournament, such is their strength in depth. But is that hiding some of the disgruntlement? Certainly there have been question-marks over some of coach Jill Ellis's selections, notably the fitness of star striker Alex Morgan, and the absence in the quarter-final of midfielder Lindsay Horan.

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Neville has been quite happy to do lots of the talking this tournament on a variety of controversial topics, including the interesting tactics of Cameroon in the round of 16 - and it's allowed his squad to quietly keep on keeping on. Only against Norway have they really been able to shine - are they peaking at just the right time?

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Much of the talk in the last few days seems to have been an effort to conjure up some kind of "spygate" incident - with the USA staff scouting out the hotel where England are staying, in case they want to stay there should they progress to the final. Here's what Lionesses coach Phil Neville had to say.

17:00 

I'm excited. Are you excited? Good evening, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of England v the USA in the World Cup semi-final!