Alex Morgan's Tea Cup Celebration Was Perfect

Tanya Simon
July 3, 2019

White appeared to score her seventh in the 69th minute but video review determined she was offside - and the Americans in the crowd of 53,512 at Stade de Lyon roared.

United States of America coach Jill Ellis insisted that her team is not an arrogant one after her staff were seen checking out England's team hotel in Lyon to use for the final should they win on Tuesday. "It was just such a great effort from everybody". But England will be kept awake at night by thoughts of what might have been after captain Steph Houghton missed a penalty in the final 10 minutes.

It was the first penalty kick saved by a US goalkeeper in regular time at the World Cup. That's not goals continuing to come from me, that's this team.

Rapinoe, who had scored two goals in each of the last two games, did not play.

The U.S. restored their advantage in the 31st minute through Alex Morgan's header from Lindsey Horan's perfectly floated ball - a goal which Morgan, on her 30th birthday, celebrated with a mocking "sip of tea" gesture.

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The U.S.is through to its third straight World Cup final and will face the victor of Sweden and the Netherlands.

Third-ranked England went through to the semifinals in 2015 but fell to Japan before beating Germany in the third-place match for the Lionesses' best finish in the tournament. Meanwhile, England first-choice goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is out with a hamstring injury. Telford started in the team's group stage match against Argentina. The U.S. maintained their 2-1 lead.

The goal came on the first chance England created having been defending for the opening 20 minutes of the game.

The United States kept up the pressure after going ahead, but it was England who scored next as White turned in a cross on the half volley off a cross from Beth Mead.

Alex Morgan celebrates with teammate Rose Lavelle after scoring her team's second goal during the 2019 World Cup France semifinals vs. England.

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