The stars aligned for the United States on Tuesday night as the no. 1 team in the world (Germany) fell to the no. 2 team in the world (USA). Following up to the beginning of the match, Germany boasted the best offense in the World Cup and the USA had the best ranked defense so far in the cup. NY Times wrote that the back line of the USA could not be stifled and blanked the Germans on a night where they could not seem to get anything going. The game was tied up at halftime; both teams had failed to score any goals although the Americans seemed to have more opportunities.
The second half proved more controversial and exciting, the Germans came out aggressive and put pressure on the Americans early. Which led to a penalty kick for the Germans, Julie Johnston took a poor touch in the box and Johnson had to pull the attacker down. This set the stage for one of the top scorers in World Cup, Sasic, to take the penalty kick. It was a nerve racking time for the Americans but somehow Germany’s leading scorer pushed the ball wide left and missed the PK. Here is the miss for those who have not seen First missed PK in German World Cup history
After the missed PK there was an obvious shift in momentum, the Americans had a second breathe and were playing with an upbeat pace.
There was a controversial call against Germany against Alex Morgan, where many felt that the penalty was outside the box. After USA went up by 1 goal, Carli Lloyd crossed the ball across the 6 yard line to Kelley O’Hara. USA got the win and will play the winner of ENG/JAP on Sunday.