Will the American champions or the English, which will race to the final of the womens world cup? Answer this Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 9pm in Lyon.
Are the Americans unbeatable at the Football World Cup 2019 ? Their semifinal on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 (9pm) in Lyon will mean a lot because the English are also very strong impression in the tournament.
The salt of this shock is based in particular on the duel announced between the attacker-star of the “Team USA” Megan Rapinoe and its vis-à-vis Lucy Bronze, star of the “Lionesses”, the nickname of the English selection.
Rapinoe’s aura has largely surpassed the world of football after taking a stand against Donald Trump.
The 33-year-old, known for her commitments against discrimination, said she will not go to the White House in case of a title, because the US head of state “does not fight for the same things we do.
Trump’s annoying response on Twitter – “Megan should WIN first before TALKING! – did not seem to stop her on the pitch. She has just scored the double of the victory against France in the quarter-finals (2-1), as she had done against Spain in eighth (2-1).
Teammate Christen Press praised him Monday in front of the reporters:
“She has always been a fighter on the field, someone unique, and outside she’s also a warrior. She inspires me. She does not retreat, she is not shy in the face of the highest obstacles, she becomes even bigger.”
Blow of a cannon
In total, Megan Rapinoe has five goals in this World Cup and is at the top of the standings with fellow countryman Alex Morgan, Australian Sam Kerr, but especially an Englishman, Ellen White.
In addition to the competition from White, she will face on her left side a formidable duel with Lucy Bronze.
The English right-back is the big star of his selection and has just scored one of the finest goals of the tournament, the 3-0 shot against Norway in the quarter, under the applause of a David Beckham.
Versatile, the defender can play everywhere or almost in the field. “She’s one of their best attackers,” US coach Jill Ellis smiled and praised her. “She’s an exceptional player. She prints a very good rhythm, always attacking. Of course she will do it, a bit like the French players very much on the offensive.
— AFP Lyon (@AFPLyon) 2 July 2019
” At home “
And Bronze will be the local stage, since it she has been evolving for two years in Lyon, become her “home”, a city she “loves” and where she “dreams” to play in a World Cup final.
For Jill Ellis too, this meeting has a very special taste. And for good reason, the American coach was born 52 years ago in … England, Portsmouth, before moving with her parents in the United States during her childhood.
Does she feel American? “I’m completely American except when I go shopping at the supermarket with my shopping cart! She joked.
“It’s in the United States that I was able to become a footballer, then a coach, which was not planned at first. Even if England is a lot of memories.
Triple world champion (1991, 1999, 2015) and quadruple gold medalist at the Olympic Games (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012), the “Team USA” is a big favourite for this World Cup in France.
This is the “best team in the world,” admits the English coach and former Manchester United player Phil Neville, who does not want to give up the offensive “style” of his team and leaves “freedom” to its players.
This England-US semi-final is “one of the most important games in women’s football with fantastic players in both teams,” he said.
England has already matched its best result of the 2015 World Cup, a semi-final, and dreams of finally tasting the first final of its history.
It will first bring down the American ogre, a heavy task, especially as the match in the stands will be unbalanced with some 20,000 Americans expected, against 2500 English.
Then in case of achievement, challenge the winner of the other semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden on Wednesday.