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Football: Historic win over USA

April 4, 2011

England manage an inspiring win over the world’s No.1 football team, a much needed confidence boost with the start of the World Cup less than three months away. It is only the second time they have managed a win over USA and the first in 22 years.

The Three Lions put up an early fight against the former two-time world champions. Jess Clarke volleyed home the first goal from ten yards out to put England ahead just eight minutes into the game.

Rachel Yankey added a second into the top corner of the net aided by Kelly Smith who broke forward and laid out to the left where Yankey was unmarked.

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With the Three Lions at a two goal advantage, USA looked unsettled and hadn’t yet managed to make their mark on the game, looking troubled every time England came at them.

Megan Rapinoe managed to halve the deficit just before half-time as she found the bottom right-hand corner of the goal after defence dropped off.

The second-half gave a lack of clear cut chances, and found USA still wrestling with a bit of momentum from the Three Lions.

Rapinoe took a 67th-minute corner and USA looked like they had a real chance of equalising after England failed to clear their lines but Stephanie Cox kicked the ball over the bar.

Hope Powell’s side managed to hold on for the historic victory, which has boosted their hopes of success for the World Cup tournament which will be held in Germany later this year.

It was the first time the USA, who pressed for an equaliser as the game neared its end, have ever played in England.

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
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