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US Women Win in World Cup Semifinal, Mock England with Goal Celebration

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The U.S. women’s soccer team took care of England in the World Cup semifinal Tuesday afternoon, and one of its stars added insult to injury by mocking the losing country with her goal celebration.

Team USA had to hold on for dear life to come away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory, but it was the go-ahead goal and subsequent gesture from Alex Morgan that garnered the most attention.

The forward scored her sixth goal of the tournament on a header at the 31st-minute mark to give the U.S. women the lead.

With the goal, Morgan, who turned 30 on Tuesday, became the first Women’s World Cup player to score on her birthday.

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It was Morgan’s first goal since the team’s opening round 13-0 win over Thailand. She scored five goals in that one.

To celebrate, she mocked her opponents by pretending to sip a cup of tea.

Many fans enjoyed the display.

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Others, however, found it classless.

The win marked the third straight 2-1 victory for the U.S. women in the World Cup. They beat Spain in the Round of 16 and France in the quarterfinals by the same score.

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In a surprise move, Megan Rapinoe, the team’s vehemently anti-Trump midfielder, was not in the starting lineup against England.

According to Kim McCauley of SB Nation, it was not an injury that kept Rapinoe out of the starting 11. Rather, it was the fact that she has struggled defensively.

Instead, the team opted to play Christen Press in her place. It turned out to be a smart move as Press scored the team’s first goal of the game at the 10th-minute mark.

Speaking on BBC during the broadcast, former U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo said Rapinoe did not have the stamina to cover England’s top player, Lucy Bronze, for 90 minutes.

Offensively, England controlled the ball 57 percent of the time, according to ESPN, but the U.S. women did a better job of capitalizing on their opportunities.

Team USA had 10 shots in the game compared with England’s six.

With the win, the U.S. women advanced to the World Cup final Friday. They’ll face the winner of the Netherlands-Sweden match Wednesday.

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Tom is a freelance writer from Massachusetts' South Shore. He covers sports, culture and politics and has written for The Washington Examiner, LifeZette and other outlets.
Tom is a freelance writer from Massachusetts' South Shore. He covers sports, culture and politics and has written for The Washington Examiner, LifeZette and other outlets.
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