U.S. Tops Germany 2-0 to Reach Final of Women’s World Cup Soccer

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Carli Lloyd and substitute Kelley O’Hara scored second-half goals and the U.S. defeated Germany 2-0 Tuesday night to reach the final of the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament.

The second-ranked Americans will face defending champion Japan or England on Sunday for the championship. Japan and England play Wednesday night in the second semifinal.

The Americans, who lost to Japan in the final four years ago, will be seeking their first title since 1999.

“One more to go,” Lloyd said in a televised interview. “This is a great win, but my eyes are all on the final right now.”

The U.S. defense again was dominant in the game in Montreal, holding the top-ranked Germans to one shot on goal. Goalie Hope Solo had her fifth straight shutout for the U.S., which has not allowed a goal in the last 513 minutes.

“Our back line is incredible,” Solo said, “but it’s not just our back line, our midfielders are playing incredible defense.”

Lloyd, a 32-year-old midfielder, scored her 66th goal in 201 international appearances on a penalty kick in the game’s 69th minute -- less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic missed a penalty kick for Germany.

Lloyd had been the only goal scorer in the Americans’ 1-0 win against China in the quarterfinals.

O’Hara scored her first international goal in the 84th minute when she converted a pass from Lloyd. She had come into the game nine minutes earlier.

“Congrats to the #USWNT!” President Barack Obama said in a Twitter message. “Can’t wait for the finals. You make us all proud!”