Mar 11, 2016

    US women defeat Germany to secure SheBelieves title


    THE United States came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and win the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday in a repeat of last year's Fifa Women's World Cup semi-final battle.

    Alex Morgan and Sam Mewis scored first-half goals for the American women after the hosts had been rocked by a 30th-minute Anja Mittag strike as Germany took the lead in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Victory meant the US women finished the four-nation tournament on top of the group with a 100 per cent record after winning their matches against England and France.

    The US kicked off the match with the nucleus of the team who were victorious in the World Cup last year.

    That core of experience proved vital after the hosts fell behind to Mittag's thunderous right-footed strike after half an hour.

    The goal ended a run of 781 minutes without conceding a goal for the in-form US team.

    However, the hosts got back on level terms in the 37th minute after a fine piece of skill by Morgan. She latched onto a long pass, flicked the ball over her shadowing defender and then rammed home the finish.

    It was the 26-year-old's 64th international goal.

    Four minutes later, Mewis made it 2-1 when her shot from distance bobbled on the uneven playing surface and beat Almuth Schult in the Germany goal.

    The victory extended a remarkable run of results for the American women.

    They are unbeaten in 2016 as they build towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where they will seek to defend their 2012 crown.