FIFA Women’s World Cup: United States vs. France live updates.

The heavyweight showdown of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is here.
The United States takes on tournament host France with a semifinal berth on the line.
The United States, ranked No. 1 in FIFA’s Women’s World Rankings, has never failed to make the semifinals, while France, ranked fourth in the world, has only been to the semifinals once before. That was in 2011, when the French lost to the U.S. The two sides last met in January 2019, where France won 3-1.
Stay tuned for live updates, highlights and analysis as the top-ranked United States continues the quest for its record fourth Women’s World Cup title at Parc des Princes in Paris, France.

46th minute
Right out of the gate, the U.S. nearly strikes for a second goal against France. Sam Mewis’ shot is pushed wide by French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, before she has to make a kick save on Tobin Heath’s rebound attempt. It’s still 1-0 for the United States.
Halftime
The U.S. scored inside 12 minutes for the fifth straight match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. But aside from yet another fast start, the U.S. hasn’t produced much in attack. France has possessed the ball at a 59 percent clip, but hasn’t tested U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher with a shot on goal yet. Megan Rapinoe scored off a free kick generated when Alex Morgan as fouled outside the penalty box along the left wing.
Rapinoe’s fifth minute strike was a low shot through lots of traffic that French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi didn’t see. Morgan, who suffered an injury during the group stage, went to ground in the 30th minute before returning and appears fine.
France, the tournament hosts, launched six shots in the first half. That’s the same as the U.S., except the Americans have put five on target including a late first-half stoppage time counter-attack shot from Sam Mewis that Bouhaddi stopped.
In total, it’s 1-0 to the U.S. with a semifinal berth against England up for grabs.
30th minute
U.S. star striker Alex Morgan kneels down and then sits on the turf inside the Parc des Prince in Paris. She walks off on her power after the USWNT medical staff tends to her. The U.S. plays with 10 players until Morgan is waived back onto the pitch. They lead France, 1-0.
16th minute
Alex Morgan delivers a through ball to Megan Rapinoe, who broke away from her marker, for a one-on-one with the keeper. But French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi had already charged from her goal to get to the ball outside the penalty box before Rapinoe could strike. It’s been a back-and-forth open game so far. The U.S. leads 1-0.
Fifth minute
The United States starts fast once again. Megan Rapinoe scores on a free kick set up with her pass to Alex Morgan, who was fouled down the left wing outside the penalty box. Rapinoe’s strike went through a crowd untouched. Team USA leads 1-0 over tournament host France.
Pregame
Facing its strongest opponent in a win-or-go-home match at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the United States is fielding a lineup without one of the best midfielders in the world. Lindsey Horan is missing for the second straight knockout stage game.
Instead, coach Jill Ellis is going with the same lineup that struggled with Spain. The USWNT did get past Spain, 2-1, thanks to Megan Rapinoe’s two goals from the penalty spot.
Rapinoe made headlines earlier this week when President Donald Trump was asked about her silent protesting of the national anthem during the World Cup. Trump said he didn’t approve of it, which led to soccer magazine Eight by Eight releasing a pre-tournament interview where Rapinoe said she “wasn’t going to the (expletive) White House,” if the team won this year’s World Cup. Trump responded on social media inviting the entire team win or lose. Teammate Ali Krieger said she stood with Rapinoe, who said she stands by her White House comments sans the expletive in the press conference previewing the U.S. tilt with France.
Ellis’ lineup decision means Rapinoe is on the left wing with Alex Morgan, who scored her five tournament goals all against Thailand, in the center of attack. Tobin Heath is on the right wing and the midfield consists of Sam Mewis, Julie Ertz and Rose Lavelle, while the back four stays with Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Abby Dahlkemper and Kelley O’Hara. Alyssa Naeher is in goal.

Source: the news tribune

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