In front of a capacity crowd in Montreal the no 2 ranked team in the world met the no 1 ranked team in the world and came out on top. Not only that, but the no 1 defense in the world cup with 1 goal allowed took on the no 1 offense which had 20 goals scored and was able to shut them out.
The game itself was outstanding. For the full duration of the game the US side kept the intensity and tempo up just as they did when they played China. The difference was the fact that they came out with 2 goals at the end instead of one.
There were mistakes which saw missed opportunities early and often for the US side. The German team looked to have suffered real fatigue from the game vs France and although they put together some good attacks, they were not nearly as efficient as they had been thus far in match play.
The game went back and forth for the first half seeing the US miss more opportunities than their German counterparts and there was an incident in the German penalty area when a German pulled down a US attacker from behind but it went uncalled.
In the second half the US team gave up a scary foul with a pull to the shoulder of the attacker that saw Germany awarded a penalty kick. Germany’s leading scorer Sasic took the kick and missed just barely wide left while the US goalkeeper Solo had dove to Sasic’s right.
Not too long after US Forward Morgan was impeded to the goal and though the replays whow it started outside of the penalty box the referee awarded a penalty kick and Lloyd took the kick and converted to a goal. O’Hara followed up with being in the right place at the right time and puts a cross from Lloyd into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The US team did not let up the intensity for the most part until the final couple of minutes. The pressure on the ball and the passing as well as outstanding footwork clearly gave them the edge and they deserved the hard fought victory.
You can see the highlights from the game here