US beat China to reach semi-finals of Women's World Cup

Two-time World Cup winners, United States, beat China to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.
Captain Carli Lloyd scored the only goal in Ottawa with a towering header early in the second half.
It was the Americans’ 25th consecutive victory over China and takes them into their seventh straight World Cup semi-final.
They will face Germany at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Tuesday for a place in the final.
The victory at Lansdowne Stadium means the United States maintain their record of reaching a semi-final in every major tournament.
Despite missing suspended first-choice midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe, they totally dominated the first half.
But they wasted a host of chances before making the breakthrough shortly after half-time.
Lloyd, in the centre of the box, got above her marker to meet Julie Johnston’s lofted cross and place a header into the bottom right corner.
China tried to push for an equaliser but it was the United States who came closest to scoring again – Ali Krieger hitting the post with a long-range effort in the final 20 minutes.
Germany, ranked number one in the world, beat France 5-4 on penalties in the day’s other quarter-final.
Credit: BBC

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