England Women were knocked out of the World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to the USA in a game filled with second-half VAR drama, including a disallowed equaliser and saved penalty. The USA came racing out of the traps at the Stade de Lyon as Christen Press – who was a surprise replacement for Megan Rapinoe in the starting XI – nodded home inside ten minutes. Ellen White (19) equalised not long after before Alex Morgan (31) put the USA back ahead with another free header. While there were no goals given in the second half, VAR decisions took centre stage. White had the ball in the back of the net again in the 67th minute, but after a review, it was ruled out for the tightest of offsides.
Following a four-minute VAR review, England were awarded a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn clipped the heels of White in the area. However, captain Steph Houghton (84) saw her spot-kick saved by Alyssa Naeher, before Millie Bright was sent off two minutes later for a second booking.
In the end, it was a step too far for the Lionesses and they will now compete for a second successive third-place medal while the USA have reached a record fifth Women’s World Cup final. Photo Credit: Getty