MONTREAL: Carli Lloyd lifted the United States to a dramatic 2-0 win over Germany in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals and warned a record third title was within their grasp.
In Frankfurt four years ago, Lloyd was one of three US players who missed in the shoot-out as Japan won the final 3-1 on penalties after the scores were locked at 2-2 at the end of extra-time.
But on Tuesday night, with the passionate cheers of 51,000 largely US fans resounding around Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Lloyd sank her penalty to open the scoring in a win that sent top-ranked Germany packing.
It set up a final showdown in Vancouver on July 5 with either champions Japan or England, who play their semi-final on Wednesday.
And Lloyd warned: “We didn’t come here to make the final, we came to
win it and we’ve going to go after it in the next game.”
Lloyd followed her 67th-minute penalty by setting up substitute Kelley O’Hara to score six minutes from time. It was Lloyd’s third goal in three games and the first ever international goal for defender O’Hara.