The Women’s World Cup is coming to the end now and Phil Neville’s England side are still well in the competition. After both winning their quarterfinals England will take of the current holders the USA in the semis.
If England can beat the USA on Tuesday, it’ll be the furthest they have gotten in a World Cup. In 2015 they finished third, Japan beat them in the semis but then England beat Germany in the third-place playoff. Prior to this, England had reached the quarterfinals in every year they had played in it.
The USA, on the other hand, has been very successful in the World Cup. They have won it three times in total, more than any other country. Their most recent win was in 2015 where they beat Japan 5-2 in the final.
England vs Norway
This was set to be Englands toughest test of the campaign so far. Norway had some good wins up to this game and was narrowly beaten by France in the group stages. England was unbeaten going into the game and had only conceded one goal which was in the opening game.
England got off to a fast start as they did against Cameroon. The scorer this time was Jill Scott in the third minute. Its been a fantastic week for the midfielder who now has the most appearances at a World Cup for any England player in both the men and women’s team.
This seemed to settle the nerves for England who now took control of the match. Ellen White scored her fifth of the tournament in the 40th minute to put England well in control. At 2-0 at half time Neville’s side will feel like Norway were lucky to only be two goals down.
The game was put to bed all in the second half. Much has been spoken about England’s creative set pieces and they scored from another one. Rightback Lucy Bronze was waiting on the edge of the area and the ball was laid off to her. She hit it first time smashing it into the roof of the net and sending England through to the semi-finals.
USA vs France
The was being spoken about as the game of the tournament. These two teams were the favourites going into the competition. France has a very good squad as well as the home advantage so this was going to be no walkover for the USA.
USA were the favourites for this game and showed it within the first five minutes. Rapinoe, who had scored twice in the last game, opened the scoring for her side. The pressure was mounting for France straight away with them being the home side and now 1-0 down.
Rapinoe scored her second and the USA’s second on the 65th minute. The ball came to her at the back post and she smashed it into the net. France though came back on scored through Renard in the 81st minute. The centre-back now has 20 goals in 108 game for her country.
Unfortunately for the host nation, they couldn’t add another in the final 10 minutes of the game. The USA held on well and will now meet England in an exciting semi-final.
Women’s World Cup Odds
The two sides meet on Tuesday night with Sweden and Holland the other semi-final. England and the USA are the favourites for the competition. The USA is priced at 3/4 on Bet365 with England at 7/2, odds that will surely drop should they win Tuesday.
In terms of Tuesday’s match, England is priced at 6/5 and The USA at 17/20. The Lionesses are underdogs in this game but the fact they’ve only conceded once all World Cup and are unbeaten will worry The USA.
It’s sure to be an exciting game with both sides known for their attacking styles of play.