A second-half goal from captain Carli Lloyd put the United States into the semi-finals of soccer's Women's World Cup on Friday with a 1-0 win over China.
The Americans, winners in 1991 and 1999, dominated
their Asian rivals from the outset with Lloyd nailing the winner with a
header after 51 minutes.
The US next meet fellow two-time winners Germany for a place in Tuesday's final.
Germany beat France 5-4 on penalties in Montreal after their
quarter-final had ended 1-1 following 30 minutes of extra time.
a thrilling game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, Louisa Necib had opened
the scoring for third-ranked France after 64 minutes but Celia Sasic
levelled with a penalty six minutes from time.
Claire Lavogez missed France's final penalty sending her team out of the tournament.
had dominated play in front of just under 25,000 spectators at the
stadium in the largely French-speaking city of Montreal.
dubbed the "Female Zidane" of the French women's team, had missed an
early golden chance when - just 49 seconds into the game - she fired
left of goal.
The breakthrough finally came after more than an
hour when Necib picked up the ball from the edge of the box, firing into
the net through a deflection off German defender Annike Krahn.
Sasic equalised when she converted a harsh penalty awarded on 84
minutes after the ball was handled inside the area by France's Amel
Majri, slotting in her sixth goal of the tournament.
Japan play 10th-ranked Australia in their quarter-final in Edmonton on
Saturday (0600, Sunday AEST), the same day England tackle hosts Canada