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It's Not Coming Home!

It's not coming home! Women's World Cup is not coming home!

The match couldn't have started better for England, who were hoping to get through to the World Cup final: Megan Rapinoe, the main star, and captain of the American national side wasn't playing. ALLELUIA!

The game started as everyone could have expected: Just 4 minutes in and England was already struggling with the USA attack. Lavelle dribbled past Bright to move into England's box before she shot, however, Telford palmed the American effort away.

England tried to show how much they have developed over the years, but on the 10th minute, the first goal came... For the Americans! A brilliant through ball from Tobin Heath was picked out nicely by right-back O'Hara, who run down the right and put a deep pass into England's penalty area. Defender Lucy Bronze didn't saw see she had Christen Press just behind her, who quickly rose to head the ball over Telford and into the back of the net. GOOOAAALLL! 0-1!

The game couldn't look better for the USA, who were once again demonstrating just how good the world's best team is. Even without their main star. The USA's pressure continued, firing all the chances they had to score the 2nd goal and destabilize England before the 20 minute mark. It didn't work however.

Ellen White scored the equalizer for England, with all fans screaming as loud as they could (Me included!). On the 19th minute, the Lionesses first real attack ended into the back of Naeher's goal. A great cross into the 6-yard box from Mead ahead of all American defenders was caught by White, who guided the ball over the line off the inside of the far post. Naeher couldn't do anything to reach it! GOOOOAAAALLLL! 1-1!

From that point on, England was more confident. On the 28th minute, Mead placed another great cross from the left into the USA area, looking again for Manchester City's White at the far post. Yet, what the cross found was American defender Sauerbunn (We'll come back to her later on), who got a boot in, kicking the ball away which almost ended in the back of her own net. Luckily for her, the ball went wide.

The other talisman of the American national team, Alex Morgan, appeared in the most difficult moment for her team and saved them for losing control as she scored a powerful header on the 31st minute. Midfielder Lindsey Horan cut back inside and chipped a cross into the middle of the box. Stokes wasn't quick enough and Morgan appeared to head the cross with a beautiful header past Telford. GOOOOAAAAALLLLL! 1-2!

England didn't back down and on the 33rd minute, Walsh shot from outside the box to try and level the game, sadly, the great hit was stopped superbly by USA's keeper Naeher, who needed to get across her line quickly to claw the ball away from danger. Before we move to the next half, other good things to mention: England's Millie Bright "nicely" hit Morgan in the face Mortal Combat X style and got a yellow card for it (which she would end up regretting). HALF TIME!

England began the second half in good form. On the 49th minute, Ellen White came close to scoring the equalizer, after a very intense free kick for England, which went from Bright to White, but, unfortunately, Naeher found the ball and got it without problems.

On the 67th minute... GOOOAAALLL! 2-2... NO!? MOTHER F*****! WHO SAID THA...!? IT CAN'T BE! IS NOT POSSIBLE! IT'S... VAR! NOOOOOO!

Ellen White scored the 2nd goal, the equalizer, for England, after a wonderful back pass by Jill Scott in between two USA defenders and she finished the ball, slotting it under Naeher and into the back of the net. However, our friend VAR decided to rule out the goal. SON OF A B****!

But, that wasn't the end of it: VAR appeared again, this time in favor of England, after a chance from Ellen White, who fell insie the area after being tripped by Sauerbunn, and that was seen a couple times by the referee before it was given as a penalty. ALLELUIA!

Houghton missed the penalty on the 84th minute after her shot was stopped with ease by Naeher. God damn it! And if it wasn't bad enough for England already, Millie "Mortal Combat X" Bright was sent off after a very rough challenge on Alex Morgan. England tried everything to force the extra time and, possibly, a football miracle. However, the USA decided to stay near the corner kick and loose some time.

With this victory, the USA have won their last 11 matches at the Women's World Cup, the best winning streak in the tournament's history. The USA will make it into their 3rd consecutive final, while the Lionesses, sadly, will need to give their best and last effort to win the 3rd place price against whoever loses in tomorrow's Netherlands-Sweden match. Who'll win the 2019 Women's World Cup?

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