The America-Nator Continues!
Here we go again! Once again, the United States won their second match of Group F in this exciting and surprising Women's World Cup in France. Their rivals were Chile, who fought until the end but couldn't prevent losing 3-0 (Thank God it wasn't 10 more) against the best team in the world.
Chile lost with dignity against the United States, who were clearly superior in all aspects of the game, and didn't score more goals thanks to the spectacular performance of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler. It all started very nicely, with both teams singing their respective national anthems, some with more passion than others, and finally, the whistle sounded for the start of an interesting and nice clash between the North and the South (Game of Thrones?).
The match began pretty harshly for the Chileans, who just a few minutes after the game started already had the Americans knocking at their door. Carli Lloyd had the first chance of the game for the Americans, after a beautiful cross into the area by Morgan Brian, which was saved by Endler, who then stopped the rebound as well. The game continued with great intensity from both sides, but the United States clearly dominating. In the 11th minute, Lloyd finally had the goal she was looking for: An absolute bomb that went straight in, after a Chilean's deflection, and with Christiane Endler only able to look (1-0).
The happiness for the Americans was incredible, who still had energies to celebrate, even after scoring 13 against Thailand. But, that happiness didn't last long as a free kick from the Chileans, ended up in the back of their net after Rayo Vallecano's Carla Guerrero headed it in, it ended up being called for offside, however. VAR? Yep, VAR strikes again (Happiness for the Americans again). Next, two unstoppable headers.
First, in the 26th, a header from Julie Ertz ended in the back of Endler's net, with the PSG goalie unable to stop the ball (2-0). And then, one more time, in the 35th, after a great corner, Lloyd headed the ball out of Endler's reach (3-0). At that point, it all looked like Thailand's story was going to be Chile's.
With the first half ended, the clash continued with more intensity in the second. Lindsey Horan had the chance to make it 4-0, but a brilliant Endler prevented it with a great foot save. Later on, a long cross to number '23' Christen Press, which she headed beautifully to the left side of the Chilean goal, was stopped by Endler's magic hand. In the end, Lloyd had two chances to complete her hat-trick and increase the USA's lead, but none of them worked out (It wasn't her day after all). A ball to the crossbar and a penalty gone wide. What a shame!
Sadly, Chile couldn't score and lost, and... Surprise, surprise! The USA won (again)! With this result, the United States advances to the round of 16, and will now need to face Sweden, in order to remain atop of their group. Both have 6 points, while Chile, with two defeats, will need to hurry if they want to enter as one of the best thirds. Who will get to the next stage? And more importantly: Will Chile get its revenge on the Americans? We'll need to wait and see.