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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 September 2007, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
USA-England as it happened
GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Ian Hughes

RESULT: USA Women 3-0 England Women

606: DEBATE

145O: England are out of the World Cup after a brave fight against USA, who ultimately had a little more class and skill. So the favourites are through, but England can hold their heads high after a decent showing.

90 +1 mins: Rachel Yankey zips in a shot from the edge of the box. Hope Solo sees it all the way and makes a comfortable save.

89 mins: Lianne Sanderson's shot is deflected away for a corner as England launch a last attack. The ball is cleared but eventually finds its way back to Kelly Smith, who loops a volley just over the bar.

85 mins: Anita Asante makes a superb challenge to take the ball away from Kristine Lilly just as the USA striker appears set to put more gloss on her side's victory.

82 mins: Abby Wambach isn't cooling down either. She closes down Rachel Brown and almost scores as the keeper's clearance ricochets off her body.

79 mins: If USA have indeed decided to play out the game with little intention of adding to their goal count, no-one has told Shannon Boxx, who weaves her way past numerous opponents before taking a shot.

75 mins: Germany cruised to a 3-0 win over North Korea in their quarter-final earlier - and USA appear to have eased off the gas now they have reached the same scoreline. The semi-finals are taking on a familiar look, with all the heavyweights making it through.

72 mins: If England are to bow out of the competition now - and surely they will - it is good to see them playing bravely to the end and showing their spirit. A farewell goal would be nice - if little consolation.

"At least England reached the quarter-finals. They were ranked 11th out of the 12 teams in the World Cup, and it's no disgrace to lose to the number one team!"
mikesiva on 606

68 mins: Rachel Yankey cuts in from the right wing but her shot is deflected away for a corner. The ball is cleared but England win a free-kick after Kelly Smith is fouled. Karen Carney delivers a decent cross which Hope Solo scrambles away.

65 mins: Hope Solo plucks the ball out of the air to prevent Rachel Yankey's cross causing any danger.

63 mins: England really need to dig deep now. There will be no semi-final for them against either Brazil or Australia but they need to play for pride.

60 mins: GOAL USA women 3-0 England women
It is turning into an England collapse, worthy of the cricket team. An awful error from Rachel Brown, who misjudges the bounce of the ball, lets in Kristine Lilly to slot into an empty net.

57 mins: GOAL USA women 2-0 England women
That could be that. Shannon Boxx wins the ball on the edge of England's area and arrows in a low shot which finds the bottom right corner.

55 mins: England find themselves on the defensive again - they must somehow try to get a grip on the game and force their way into attacking positions. The game looks to be slipping away from them at the moment.

"England need to attack. There is no use defending. All or nothing, come on England."
Robbie_Keano on 606

52 mins: England also have plenty of defending to do - as well as pursuing an equaliser - and they are pinned back into their own area as USA seek a killer second goal. The ball is eventually cleared.

50 mins: A great chance missed as Karen Carney directs a header off target. A waste of an excellent opportunity.

49 mins: England almost respond immediately as Rachel Yankey almost connects with a cross into the box. More of this, please. No time now for faint hearts.

47 mins: GOAL USA women 1-0 England women
But England are breached within a minute of the restart as Abby Wambach heads in a corner to cap her 100th international appearance.

46 mins: England must keep it tight and continue to frustrate their opponents if they are to have a chance of creating one of the biggest upsets ever in the women's game.

1402: The players are back out on the pitch. England make one change, bringing on Rachel Yankey for Eniola Aluko. USA kick off.

HALF-TIME: USA are being contained, but England are not offering an awful lot going forward. This one could be heading for extra-time. It is hard to see where a goal will come from. That could all change as legs get tired in the second half, though.

"Good first half by England. But they need to press up more on the flanks."
hitchikerfromthegalaxy on 606

"England must be glad to hear the half time whistle with USA looking the most likely to score in that half. Hope Powell now has to earn her money with her half-time talk and tactics."
SharpDarts on 606

45 +1 mins: England have a corner. Kelly Smith's delivery is a little too close to Hope Solo, who confidently punches the ball clear.

43 mins: England are rocking. After wriggling into space, Kristine Lilly cracks a fierce shot from the left but a strong hand from Rachel Brown diverts the effort over the bar. From the resultant corner Lilly fires in another shot, but this time it is off target.

42 mins: A massive let-of for England as Abby Wambach connects with a great cross from Stephanie Lopez but blazes over the bar from six yards.

40 mins: After being patched up, Faye White returns to the fray - and receives an apology from Abby Wambach.

37 mins: Faye White is whacked by Abby Wambach as the USA player hits the England skipper with a flailing elbow to the face. She leaves the field with a bloody nose.

34 mins: It remains cagey - and a little short of quality. USA beginning to apply more pressure and win a corner. It is easily cleared by England. Chances really are few and far between.

29 mins: USA now try their luck but with similar results. Christie Rampone, who has the shot, has not scored in 167 international matches - no surprise really.

27 mins: At last! A shot. But not really worth waiting for. Karen Carney's long-range effort takes a fair while to reach USA keeper Hope Solo, who makes a comfortable catch. Safe hands, Solo.

25 mins: The ball spills out of Rachel Brown's grasp but she collects it at the second attempt before any of the USA players can react. Danger over - but a nervous moment for Brown.

22 mins: Jill Scott attempts a high scissor-kick and manages to connect with the ball and a USA defender, who take a nasty knock to the head. Free-kick for dangerous play. Scott is showing the right attitude, though. No team ever won a match by being prissy.

20 mins: Eniola Aluko is almost through on goal after an incisive pass from Kelly Smith but she cannot get the ball out from under her feet and Kate Markgraf tracks back to nick the ball away.

18 mins: After a foul on Alex Scot, England launch a long free-kick into the USA penalty area but it is too high for everyone and drifts harmlessly out of play.

13 mins: Kelly Smith shows a good turn of pace and close control as she tries to work her way into the box from the right wing. She is eventually dispossessed and the ball canons off her leg to go out for a goalkick.

11 mins: England keeper Rachel Brown bravely smothers the ball at the feet of Lori Chalupny as USA threaten for the first time.

8 mins: A cautious start so far from both teams. USA are more prepared to press, while England are trying to settle in to the game by playing the ball around their back four.

3 mins: Kelly Smith's first touch is almost a particularly good one. Nothing wrong with her long pass but Mary Phillip cannot control it and steal a march on her marker.

1300: England get the game under way. It is the biggest match of their lives - let us hope they are ready for it.

1258: The stadium is very impressive. But sadly, it is also very empty.

1254: The teams captain are given, in turn, a microphone to address the fans and deliver a message outlining football's ambitions and hopes. Bizarre.

1252: The teams are taking to the pitch at the Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium. The temperature is 24 degrees Celsius and the local time is just before 2000. The conditions are set for a classic encounter.

1250: BBC SPORT pundit Gavin Peacock sounds a warning to England: "USA have pace right across their team, and they are really established on the world scene."

Time for England to step up, then.

England striker Kelly Smith, who was a top name when she played in America's WUSA league, believes her side have a "very good chance" to beat USA and is feeling confident ahead of the game.

1240: Team news: England are without the suspended Fara Williams but Katie Chapman returns from her ban to replace her. On the left wing, Karen Carney is preferred to Rachel Yankey.

USA make one change, bringing in the more defensive-minded Leslie Osborne for Carli Lloyd in a move designed to nullify the threat of England's Kelly Smith.

1230: Good afternoon all. In half an hour's time, England's women will line up against USA aiming to progress to the World Cup semi-finals - and also determined to prove a point to their opponents.

Earlier this week, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo gave England a back-handed compliment when she said: "They've got some of my favourite players, obviously including Kelly Smith. But I don't recall the other names."

It must have irked England coach Hope Powell, who responded: "They might not know us by name, but they will certainly have watched us."

Is all set for a niggly match? We will soon find out.


SEE ALSO
England's emotional exit
22 Sep 07 |  Women
USA-England player ratings
22 Sep 07 |  Women
USA v England photos
22 Sep 07 |  Football
Women's World Cup schedule
12 Sep 07 |  Women


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