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Women's World Cup 2011, Semifinals France vs. USA: Lauren Cheney Making A Difference Early, USA Up 1-0

It didn't happen quite as early as it did against Brazil, but this time the Americans scored - and did it without any help. 

Although they spent less than a minute of the first 10 in their offensive third, both times they got there, it was because Lauren Cheney was impressive - first on the ball with a great run through a few French midfielders and minutes later getting to the front of the box, catching a strong pass in front of France's sweepers and putting it past the reach of Beragnere Sapowicz.

France had controlled possession and the pitch for a majority of the opening minutes, keeping the ball up the right side, possibly looking to attack Becky Sauerbrunn, who is playing in her first 2011 World Cup game in the absence of Rachel Buehler. 

The United States used the goal to create some momentum for themselves, but the match has seen a lot more open field and a couple of high-quality chances from both sides with goaltenders well out of place. 

The Americans, however, are giving France plenty of chances to get back in it, not having registered a shot on goal in over 25 minutes of play.