Carli Lloyd’s header proves decisive in US’ 1-0 World Cup win over China
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored in the 51st minute, and the United States beat China 1-0 Friday night to reach a semifinal against Germany at the Women’s World Cup.
Hope Solo had her fourth straight shutout for the second-ranked United States, which has reached the final four of all seven Women’s World Cups but has not won since beating China on penalty kicks for the 1999 title at the Rose Bowl. The Americans have not allowed a goal in 423 minutes since this year’s tournament opener against Australia.
Despite missing suspended midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, the U.S. managed a more attacking attitude and extended its unbeaten streak against China to 25 matches dating to 2003.