Well that didn't take long! After just nine minutes, the United States lead France by a score of 1-0 in their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal matchup. France has controlled the possession early in the match, keeping the United States from going forward with their high pressure and their numbers advantage in the center of midfield, but poor organization following a set piece has undone France, leading to Heather O'Reilly and Lauren Cheney combining for a goal.
In the 8th minute, Louisa Necib forced a great save out of Hope Solo when she took a shot from 20 yards out that Solo tipped over the crossbar. The ensuing corner kick was well defended by the USWNT and they were able to get out on the break after clearing the ball. Because of the way the teams lined up on the set piece, O'Reilly ended up on the left while France's back line was out of alignment. Surging down the left, O'Reilly put a low cross into the box for Cheney, who finished with fantastic touch. Once again, just like the quarterfinal against England, France will be forced to chase the game.