Germany beats France in shootout to reach semifinals

(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP).


Tonight, the red, white and blue crew meets Germany in a World Cup semifinal. The victor of those, has since gone on to lift the trophy (USA in 1991 and 1999, Germany in 2003).

GERMANY: Germany is the top-ranked team.

“Both teams will want to make it to the final that is why I expect a very heated match”.

The Germans got past France earlier in the day in Montreal, winning 2-1 on penalty kicks. Germany got payback four years later with a 3-0 semifinal rout on the way to the first of consecutive titles.

3 – the number of times these two giants of women’s football have met in the world finals. The Swedish players were pretty sad, but we still had to share the elevator with them, and the same with France.

“The next task at hand won’t be any easier”.

Peter was playing in place of defender Saskia Batusiak, who was suspended one game for yellow card accumulation. But ultimately it’s about how we play.

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Every penalty was scored in the shootout, up until Claire Lavogez, who was taking France’s fifth spot kick, was saved sparking scenes of jubilation among the German players. Germany continues to be an offensive machine, racking up 78 total shots in its last three matches and scoring four or more goals in three of its matches.

Confidence and momentum are crucial factors at the business end of a World Cup, and those facets couldn’t have returned at a better time for the Americans, with their most daunting opponent lying in wait. The Americans are the only team to have reached the semifinals in all seven tournaments.

Of course, the USA also went into its knockout stage matches against Colombia and China as heavy favorites.

The United States beat China with a 1-0 victory to move two games away from a title.

No. 2; it is just going to be a great matchup. These are the moments. “And we’re all so excited to play”.

The United States has not conceded a goal in 423 minutes, with the lone goal against the Americans coming in the tournament opener against Australia.

“It is nearly like a final in itself”, said US forward Alex Morgan. It certainly looked nothing like the tactics used to win the World Cup in 1999.

Australia, the lowest ranked team in the quarter-finals at tenth, were beaten 1-0 by Japan.

NO CANADA! PART DEUX: Count Japan coach Norio Sasaki among those disappointed with Canada losing to England in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Angerer, 36, has said she plans to retire following the World Cup. Nadine Angerer starts in goal for the Portland Thorns when she’s not doing the same for the German national team.

After the shootout, Germany coach Silvia Neid said Marozsan’s ankle was swollen and she didn’t know how she walked to the spot to take the kick.

Laken Litman of believes the victor of Tuesday’s game will take the championship.

And if Die Frauen-Nationalmannschaft have Celia Sasic, the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, in their ranks, Team US have the best shotstopper in the competition in Hope Solo, who has made 11 saves to date.


After a news-filled lead-up to the World Cup, Hope Solo hasn’t had much to do during the last four matches.

Louisa Necib celebrates the opening goal of the game for France