Both teams entered Tuesday’s soccer semifinal undefeated, but in a tense match the defending champs beat England 2-1. Christen Press, stepping in for injured superstar Megan Rapinoe, scored after 10 minutes, followed by goals from England’s Ellen White and American Alex Morgan. With six minutes of regulation time remaining, England had a chance to tie on captain Steph Houghton’s penalty kick, but U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher smothered the ball.
Who awaits the Americans? Sweden and the Netherlands compete today for a spot in Sunday’s final, though the U.S. is favored to win either matchup — and join Germany as the only teams to win consecutive World Cups.