France 2019: USA women make history as the first country to reach three consecutive World Cup finals

Defending champions and pre-tournament favorites USA have made history as the first nation to reach three consecutive Women’s World Cup finals after defeating England 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Lyon.

The Americans qualified to yet another World Cup final thanks to first half headers from Christen Press and Alex Morgan.

USA now hold the record for consecutive Women’s World Cup wins with 11, and for matches unbeaten with 16.

The Americans have also reached at least the semi-finals of every Women’s World Cup and will now contest their fifth final, and their third in a row.

England were dreaming of a first Women’s World Cup final but Steph Houghton’s failure to convert a late penalty was enough to shatter their dream.

The England skipper’s 84th-minute spot-kick was saved by US goalie Alyssa Naeher, shortly before Houghton’s fellow center-back Millie Bright was sent off for a second bookable offence, as the Lionesses exited at the last-four stage for a third major tournament in a row.

United States’ winger Christen Press and striker Alex Morgan scored with headers either side of Ellen White’s equalizer as they held on to a 2-1 victory.

USA head coach Jill Ellis was excited to have led the team to yet another grand finale.

“I can't even express how proud I am (of the group). It was such a great effort from everybody. Everyone stepped up, and that's what this team’s about”.

She was full praise for her goalkeeper.

“That was her (Alyssa Naeher) shining moment. We have one more game. I couldn't be prouder of this group. We have four days this time in between, so that will help. I told them (in the huddle), 'Stay humble. We've got one more”, she added.
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