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Live: England 1 United States 2 – Women’s World Cup semi-final

Updates as the Lionesses bid to claim a place in the World Cup final.

England’s Ellen White appears dejected after the final whistle (John Walton/PA)
England’s Ellen White appears dejected after the final whistle (John Walton/PA)

  • FT: England 1 United States 2
  • Christen Press scored the opening goal for the USA
  • Ellen White equalised for England before Alex Morgan put the US back in front
  • White had a second goal ruled out and then won a penalty on VAR, but Steph Houghton's spot-kick was saved by Alyssa Naeher

40 mins

Millie Brown tries to hold off Alex Morgan and connects with her face. It didn’t look intentional.

31 mins – GOAL USA

Alex Morgan celebrates her 30th birthday by timing her run perfectly to head past England goalkeeper Carly Telford and put the US back ahead. This game is being played at full throttle by both sides right now.

Ellen White and Morgan are now level on six goals each in the race for the golden boot.

29 mins

Great pressure from England culminates in Keira Walsh firing in a great ball with Jill Scott running in to claim it. The US defence clear the ball and it goes behing goal – but truth is, it could have gone anywhere.

24 mins – SAVE!

A great save from Telford from Rose Lavelle’s strike, after US penalty appeals were turned down. Alex Morgan is down after what appeared to be a clash of heads with Lucy Bronze. Phil Neville takes the stop in play to discuss tactics with his players

19 mins – GOAL ENGLAND

Ellen White – the England forward nets her sixth goal in the tournament. Huge score for the Lionesses.

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England’s Ellen White (centre) celebrates scoring her side’s first goal (Richard Sellers/PA)

16 mins

Tobin Heath links up with Rose Lavelle and the midfielder lets rip but the ball flies over the bar.

15 mins

The USA are playing with such intensity. It is clear to see why they are favourites for this tournament and ranked number one in the world. They are putting England under a lot of pressure then snaffling ball at the turnover and using it to create more opportunities.

10 mins – GOAL USA

Christen Press, the woman drafted in to replace Golden Boot contender Rapinoe, heads in to open the scoring. The opening pressure told for England.

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USA’s Christen Press, centre, scores her side’s first goal of the game (Richard Sellers/PA)


5  mins

The USA have a free-kick in a dangerous area and Alex Morgan only narrowly misses getting a head on it. Another red wave of attack hits England – this is relentless in the opening minutes from the USA.

3 mins

The first corner goes to the USA but England captain Steph Houghton does well to head it away before the Lionesses repel three further attacks to scramble it to safety before it is fired over Carly Telford’s goal. Frantic start for England.

1 min – KICK-OFF

Here we go. The World Cup semi-final between England and the United States is under way.

7.58pm

7.53pm

7.50pm

Ten minutes until kick-off in Lyon. The players have been warming up on the pitch.

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England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, right (John Walton/PA)

7.42pm

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Megan Rapinoe on the pitch prior to the match (Richard Sellers/PA)

Rapinoe was on the pitch while the US did their pre-match warm-up but appeared to not be taking part in the exercises, rather just clapping and shouting encouragement to her team-mates.

The 33-year-old had scored twice in the France game, and a brace in the 2-1 victory over Spain in the last 16. She was tied as joint top-scorer on five goals with fellow US forward Alex Morgan, England’s Ellen White and Australia’s Sam Kerr.

7.40pm

Could Megan Rapinoe be injured?

7.38pm

Johanna Konta might be busy at Wimbledon right now, but the British tennis star has changed her tennis whites for England whites ready for tonight’s match

7.36pm

7.24pm

A big party round Jamie’s if England win?

7:22pm

Some well wishes for England from the This Morning crew – Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond – as well as some other famous faces

7:20pm

And the Lionesses are in the stadium

7.18pm

Tonight’s team sheet.

7.03pm

ENGLAND TEAM NEWS:

Neville made three changes to his starting line-up, with Karen Bardsley – understood to have sustained an injury – being replaced in goal by Carly Telford.

The other adjustments in personnel from the 3-0 quarter-final win against Norway saw Mead and Rachel Daly come in for Toni Duggan and Fran Kirby.

UNITED STATES TEAM NEWS:

For the US, there were two changes from the 2-1 victory over France – including Megan Rapinoe, one of the tournament’s four joint top-scorers, dropping out for Christen Press. Sam Mewis also made way, for Lindsey Horan.

6.55pm

6.50pm

6.45pm

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England’s Rachel Daly, Millie Bright and Georgia Stanway take a selfie on the pitch ahead of the match (Richard Sellers/PA)

6.40pm

6.35pm

England fans dished out some last-minute predictions of a win before crowds made their way from the fan park in central Lyon to the stadium.

Ethan Spence, 23, and Adam Raffa, both live in Lyon.

Predicting a 2-1 victory for the Lionesses, Adam said: “I’m a bit nervous at the fact the US have got such a strong team and have been playing really, really well but I’m pretty confident we win tonight.”

Ethan predicted a win for England on penalties, adding the Lionesses have been “really good” and hoped the women can go all the way.

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Some of the England fans ahead of the match (John Walton/PA)

Trams from central Lyon to the stadium are packed with US supporters – but there is a noticeable lack of English among the gathering crowds.

6.25pm

I wonder what could be wrapped up in this little package tweeted by Royal Mail?

6.20pm

The England team is on their way to the stadium ahead of the 8pm kickoff.

And the ground is looking good ahead of the match.

6.10pm

American fans outnumbered the English by a large margin at the fan park in Lyon – with many oozing confidence it would be their side triumphant.

The Santa Clara University Women’s Soccer team travelled from the Bay Area of California to France to follow the tournament.

Player Courney Ogren, 21, predicted a 3-0 win for the United States with two goals for Alex Morgan and one for Carli Lloyd.

“We have just grown up watching the team and seen them progress, even throughout this World Cup getting better and better every game,” she said.

Teammate Sofia Jones, 20, added: “I think that France was their first really big challenge and I think they stepped up, they handled the insane atmosphere and they came out with a win.”

6pm

5.50pm

5.45pm

The Archbishop of York is praying for the Lionesses:

5.35pm

American fans outnumbered the English by a large margin at the fan park in Lyon – with many oozing confidence it would be their side triumphant.

The Santa Clara University Women’s Soccer team travelled from the Bay Area of California to France to follow the tournament.

Player Courney Ogren, 21, predicted a 3-0 win for the United States with two goals for Alex Morgan and one for Carli Lloyd.

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United States fans (John Walton/PA)

“We have just grown up watching the team and seen them progress, even throughout this World Cup getting better and better every game,” she said.

Teammate Sofia Jones, 20, added: “I think that France was their first really big challenge and I think they stepped up, they handled the insane atmosphere and they came out with a win.”

5.30pm

5.20pm

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has called on the FA and Premier League to invest more in grassroots girls’ football, and urged the Government to ensure future Women’s World Cup finals were available on free-to-air television.

In a post on Facebook, he said: “This evening a predicted 10 million women, girls, men and boys will be cheering on the Lionesses in the World Cup semi-final against favourites America – another record-breaking TV audience for women’s football.

“We must ensure this explosive interest in the women’s game is matched by a huge investment by the FA and Premier League at the grassroots, allowing millions more girls the opportunity to play the beautiful game.

“Government can also show its commitment – before the pay-TV brigade try to turn it into a huge money-spinner – by pledging to place the Women’s World Cup on the “crown jewels” list of free-to-air sport.

“On behalf of the Labour party I have already announced that we will do so. And today I am calling on my opposite number DCMS Secretary Jeremy Wright to join me and make the same pledge to protect this wonderful celebration of women’s football for the nation.”

5.10pm

Prime Minister Theresa May sent a message to the England team via Twitter:

5pm

4.50pm

Neither side wanted to be outdone in the face-painting stakes

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(John Walton/PA)
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(John Walton/PA)

4.45pm

Young footballer Beth Boyes, nine, from Lewes, said the Lionesses’ performances have been “inspiring”.

“I’ve never really seen England play and it’s a semi-final,” she said while visiting the fan park in Lyon with her family.

“They’ve played really well and they’ve just been inspiring.

“I like Beth Mead and Alex Greenwood. I play for Lewes FC juniors (in) left midfield.”

Asked for her match prediction, she said: “I’m not really sure – but 2-1 to England.”

Her dad James Boyes, 48, said: “It’s great to see the game developing. Now we’ve got a little one that plays as well and she’s really passionate about football at such a young age as well.”

He said it was “about time” the women’s team gained the same exposure as the men.

“It’s nice to challenge people’s perceptions of what women’s football’s about,” said James.

4.40pm

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The match is being played at the Stade de Lyon – which has some suitable mascots awaiting the Lionesses (Richard Sellers/PA)

4.30pm

United States winger Crystal Dunn Soubrier also shared her excitement ahead of the match.

4.20pm

Aspiring Lioness Nina Berry, 13, who has travelled to Lyon with her dad, said she has trained with star midfielder Jill Scott and is inspired by the tournament.

Nina, from Nottingham, who plays for Derby County RTC, said: “It’s very inspirational for young girls because it’s just really good to see that women can play just as well as a man.”

She described training with Scott, once in 2016 and again in December 2018, as “inspirational”.

“It’s really good. I would definitely recommend it because it’s very inspirational,” she said.

The training taught Nina to “try your best and no matter what happens just keep going because anything could happen”.

Her dad, David Berry, 49, added: “It’s great because it means there is a path for kids. It’s good.”

4.10pm

Primary school children, the UK’s “most patriotic” street and a barking police dog lead the messages of support being sent to the Lionesses ahead of their World Cup semi-final against the USA.

4.05pm

England players took to social media ahead of the World Cup semi-final against United States.

Goalkeeper Carly Telford and forward Georgia Stanway both tweeted:

3.20pm

Manchester United women’s coach and former England player Casey Stoney has told the Lionesses to “leave nothing out there” ahead of their World Cup semi-final against the USA.

In an Instagram post, Stoney wrote: “Be fearless, be brave, and be that girl that started playing the game because she loved it!!

“Wishing the @lionesses all the luck in the world tonight. No regrets, leave nothing out there!! Everyone is right behind you and you have the support of (the) nation.”

2.40pm

Labour MP Andrea Jenkyns has decorated her office in Morley, Leeds.

2.15pm

Getting ready for action…

2pm

After hitting headlines for their similarly grand displays during the men’s World Cup last year, residents of the Kirby Estate adorned their homes with hundreds of English flags.

Chris Dowse, 40, claimed his is the “most patriotic” estate in the whole of the UK, having put on displays for St George’s Day and England’s appearances at football tournaments since 2012.

“We haven’t gone full scale like we did last year but I’d still say there was about 150 flags flying for our Lionesses,” said Mr Dowse, who is self-employed.

“The women’s game hasn’t got as widespread coverage as the men’s – if people can see we’re doing it for the women as well hopefully it encourages a young girl to go out and kick a football around.”

1.30pm

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(PA Graphics)

1pm

The Kirby Estate in south-east London has been decorated with St George flags ahead of the semi-final.

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12.30pm

Leicester City’s Harry Maguire was among those cheering on the Lionesses.

12pm

England’s opponents – and the current title holders – did not seem too daunted by the challenge ahead.

11.30am

A group of primary school children from Suffolk have donned their England kits to cheer on the Lionesses for Tuesday’s game, sharing a video of themselves chanting “it’s coming home” to show their support.

St Gregory CEVC Primary School in Sudbury, Suffolk, shared a video to Twitter of their pupils singing the famous chant from Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds’ 1996 classic Three Lions.

According to headteacher Daniel Woodrow the children decided to make the video after doing similar for the men’s team playing in last year’s World Cup in Russia.

“There’s just been a real buzz around the tournament so some of the children came to us asking to do it again,” he said.

10.45am

Messages of support were flooding in ahead of tonight’s game.

10.30am

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