The United States enters as the favorite, making its third straight final, while the Dutch are in the final for the first time and looking to build upon their Euro glory two years ago. Megan Rapinoe gets the start for the U. Here's how the U.
It didn't stop her from pouring off the bench with the other substitutes to congratulate their teammates, and Rapinoe is confident it won't rule her out of Sunday's final against either the Netherlands or Sweden.
Rapinoe was injured late in the second half of the win against France last Friday.
Just wasn't going to be ready for today," Rapinoe told reporters after the victory against England moved the U. I expect with how it feels now to be ready. As is with these things, you just have to go day by day and see how it is.
There was widespread elation at the end, but for Rapinoe it was torture to watch. It's so stressful," she said, breaking out into a smile of relief. You put everything into this game You have everything invested in it and no way to get rid of your anxiety.
When she finally reached goalkeeper Naeher, she bear-hugged her first and then lifted her off her feet. Rapinoe joked that she could have injured her glutes in the process, and then praised her ice-cool teammate. To make a save like that is just fantastic for her.
Rapinoe's replacement, Christen Press, opened the scoring in clinical style, heading Kelley O'Hara's pinpoint cross from the right powerfully into the top left corner after just 10 minutes. Maybe I just got pushed right to the side," Rapinoe said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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