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Moore and England bow out of World Cup

Royals midfielder features but cannot stop defeat to USA

3 July 2019

A first Women's World Cup final for England was out of reach for the Lionesses last night, in a frustrating 2-1 defeat to tournament favourites, the USA on Tuesday night.

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There was Royal representation for the Lionesses, as Jade Moore came off the bench in the second half to add midfield surety to Phil Neville's side.

The Americans took an early lead in Lyon, when a deep cross to the far post was powerfully headed into the roof of the net by Christen Press, with England's opponents dominating the opening exchanges.

But in the first real chance of the game for England, Ellen White scored her sixth goal of the tournament to bring the Lionesses back on level terms, with a fine half-volleyed finish that sailed into the top corner.

However, the US would take the lead once again before the break, as Alex Morgan headed in from a chipped cross into the area - with her 'tea-sipping' celebration quickly going viral on social media afterwards.

England did everything they could to fight back in the second half, with Moore and former Royal, Fran Kirby introduced from the bench to try and turn the tide of the match.

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The Lionesses thought they had an equaliser when an expert through-ball from Jill Scott was tucked in by White - only for VAR to find the striker offside by the finest of margins.

And there was to be further drama in the final moments of the game, when White was bundled over in the area. A lengthy VAR review led to the referee pointing to the spot, with Steph Houghton standing over the penalty.

The England captain fired low, but goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher guessed correctly, holding onto the spot-kick and effectively handing her country a place in the final of the World Cup.

The tournament is not yet over for England, however, as they prepare to take part in a Bronze Medal match against the losers of tonight's second semi-final between the Netherlands and Sweden.


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