13 July, 2011

USA v France World Cup Semi Highlights

With a beautiful flick on, Laruen Cheney opened up the early scoring for the USWNT in the 9th minute. Cheney wasn't done though, she later set up a corner which Abby Wambach put into the back of the net with emphasis late in the second half to break open a tense draw that saw France dominating possession and getting a lion's share of the good shots.

It boiled down to the USWNT playing a better defense. They collapsed on the ball better and late in the game as France pushed for their 2nd goal, their back line opened up and the USWNT exploited those holes.

Just 3 minutes after Wambach's excellent header, Alex Morgan powered a shot on goal to seal the win for the US. There were several more chances for the US as the French team broke down, but a little bit of luck and some great positioning from France kept the scoreline respectable.

For France, Bompastor scored off a lobbing cross that caught Solo flat footed. Despite the score, France dominated on shots, nearly 2.5:1 on the US as well as controlling the ball for extended periods. This French team will definitely be one to watch in the future and one that the US, Sweden and Brazil should all be worried about in the next Cup.

Video: 123thesamba

1 comment:

  1. Awesome victory for USA and a great game to watch. Cheers for the vid from youtube!


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