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U.S Will Meet Old Foe Japan in Final after Upsetting Canada 4-3
The Canadian Captain Sinclair was originally expected to become the most shining star at the Old Trafford's night, unfortunately, her hat-trick didn't help Canada win. While the seasoned United States level the game by penalty in 90th minute, after that, the 23-year-old teenager Alex Morgan scored an injury time goal in overtime to lore Canada, thus Sinclair's light was turned to setback shadow.
The 29-year-old Sinclair took the opportunity of a quick attack to score a low shot after she got rip of the defensive player in front of the opponent's goal in 22 minutes, the 1-0 score advantage was held by Canada until the end of the first half.
The two teams began to take turns to shoot after they switched side, the American midfielder Rapinoe's corner kick caused confusion in front of the Canada goal 54 minutes, but the ball finally rolled into the goal net. Sinclair comeback with her header in 67 minutes, but it took less than three minutes before Rapinoe's double, the ball hit the goal post and hit the net finally.
Sinclair took teammate's corner in front of the goal, leaping and heading goal in 73 minutes. However, the experienced U.S. team did not give up, their veteran Abby Wambach took the penalty opportunity by Canada's handball in the box to level the game 3:3. In extra time, U.S team's experience became their weapon to defeat the enemy once again. In the last minute before the whistle, Morgan scored a goal, unsetting Canada with 4-3 final score.
"I am still shocked by what just happened, it's not important that who scores the goal, what really matters is that the team score, "Morgan said after the game, "the opponent scored several times in the game but we quickly equalized. It was really a competitive game, both of us were eager to win, but we were more powerful. "
Rapinoe states that, "we really have a strong will today and it seems to have become a sign of our team. We tied the game for three times from behind and we scored the fourth goal, we have demonstrated our strong will."
The referee's individual penalty caused dispute, especially the late penalty award to U.S. team, it made the Canadian coach quite depressed. "The referee is very strange, it's too casual," "But for most of the time, that is football, you have to pray for a lucky blessing." Said the team's head coach John Herdman who is of British nationality.
After the match, the statistics shows that the U.S. ball possession is 54%, shooting 18 times, which exactly double Canada. Three-time-leading Canada eventually lost and they can only blame themselves for lacking of experience and psychological immaturity.
Japan maintained a 2:1 lead till the end for France missing the penalty, scraping into the final in the other semi-final held earlier at Wimberley. U.S will meet Japan in the final on August 9, to repeat the scene of World Cup final last year.
"I am very proud of the qualifying and I have never doubted that we can make it, " Abby Wambach says and she is outlooking the final showdown . the other final confrontation with Japan is exactly what we have been looking forward to after the setback in last year's competition. "
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