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Houghton misses as VAR gifts Lioness penalty

England vs USA: Houghton misses as VAR gifts Lioness controversial late penalty [VIDEO]

July 2, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
England's potential equaliser was saved and USWNT is through to the final!

The drama in the FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal encounter between England and USA lived on right to the end with the former missing a crucial penalty in the dying embers of the encounter.

After falling being twice and seeing Ellen White's potential equaliser ruled offside, the Lioness had a glorious opportunity to restore parity from a spotkick. Once again it was White who was in mix of the action having been brought down in the USWNT's penalty area inside the 83rd minute.

It was a very close call as the 30-year-old Manchester City appeared to have made minimal contact with the leg of Becky Sauerbrunn in her attempt to slot home a slide-through ball from Stokes.

Upon a lengthy review, the referee award England the penalty. However, Phil Neville side was dealt a massive heartbreak as Houghton effort to the bottom corner was kept out by the USWNT team shot stopper Naeher. Watch the incident below:

Not much happened in the following minutes as the USWNT successfully secured a second straight FIFA Women's World Cup final berth. Jill Ellis' side will meet either Sweden or Netherlands at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on July 7.

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