Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved the game when she blocked a penalty kick by England in the 84th minute.
A dismayed team of Lionesses fought on only to watch the Americans party on the pitch in Lyon, France. It appears the Brits are equally upset over Alex Morgan’s “Tea time” moment after scoring what proved to be the winning goal in the 2-1 nailbiter.
The Americans, along with their England born Coach Jill Ellis will play in next Sunday’s final against either Sweden or Holland.
The Guardian 7.2.2019
Tea Time on the Pitch.
US goal celebrations were a talking point yet again during Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against England. After Alex Morgan scored USA’s second goal of the game, she raised her fingers to her lips, miming a sip of tea. (shown below)
“In the highest pressure game of this World Cup, Alex Morgan still had the presence of mind to produce a bespoke England celebration: She mimed sipping a cup of tea. “(Wall Street Journal).
“The Americans’ second goal was a matter of when not if. It came courtesy of Alex Morgan. The Californian’s bullet header was her 106th in US colors and ultimately proved the winner in a game where the scoreline didn’t truly reflect America’s superiority on the night. Her tea-drinking goal celebration were perhaps a further reminder of the confidence that runs through this US team.” (Deutsche Welle)
The meaning was not clear, although public opinion seemed to be balanced between the motion being a shot at England’s fondness for tea; a reference to the ease with which Morgan scored; or the fact that Morgan’s goal came on her 30th birthday. Piers Morgan called it “a declaration of war”.
Christen Press celebrates her goal in the 9th minute. She took over for Megan Rapinoe, forced out of the match with a hamstring injury.
“Credit to the U.S.A. They do it time and time again. That’s why they’re winners,” England midfielder Jade Moore said. “If we want to start to turn the screw, if we want to be champions of the world, we’ve got to take a leaf out of their book and find a way to win.”