Thursday, July 14, 2011

FIFA Women's World Cup: Semi-finals Reports & Analyses

United States 3 - 1 France

Somehow, the Americans seem to find a way to win. And more often than not, Abby Wambach has something to do with it. With time running out and France giving the United States all it could handle and then some, Wambach’s winner in the 79th minute put her teammates at ease and set off celebrations on two continents. The 3-1 victory Wednesday night has the Americans in the World Cup final for the first time since 1999, which also just happens to be the last time the United States won soccer’s biggest prize.

Grant Wahl: Cheney and Rapinoe may be key to U.S. title hopes against Japan
Martin Rogers: Wambach plays through pain to save U.S.
Grant Wahl: Three Thoughts
Martin Rogers: Solo vows no more mistakes

Japan 3 - 1 Sweden
Captain Homare Sawa redeemed herself from a huge error by scoring the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 victory over Sweden which put Japan in the World Cup final against the United States.

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