New York Post lead ‘tea party’ celebrations in American media after USA beat England to book place in Women’s World Cup final
- American media have delighted in the USA’s victory over England on Tuesday
- The Lionesses suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat to the reigning world champions
- The Washington Post had a picture on the frontpage, captioned ‘one win away’
- Meanwhile the New York Post focussed on Alex Morgan’s tea-sipping celebration
- After her controversial mocking of England, they dubbed the match a ‘tea party’
- Morgan’s header was a ‘shot heard round the World Cup’ for The New York Times
The American media have delighted in the USA’s victory over England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday night.
The Lionesses suffered an agonising defeat by the most feared juggernauts of the women’s game, succumbing to a 2-1 loss after missing a late penalty in the second half.
Steph Houghton was denied by American stopper Alyssa Naeher from 12 yards on 84 minutes and missed the chance to cancel out Alex Morgan’s first half header.
The New York Post picked up on Alex Morgan’s celebration and called the match a ‘tea party’
England suffered an agonising semi-final defeat to the reigning world champions in Lyon
The forward restored the U.S. lead midway through the first half after Ellen White had levelled the game following Christen Press’s opener.
The Orlando Pride forward Morgan headed home from a Lindsey Hora cross in the 31st minute, but it was her celebration, pretending to sip a cup of tea, that captured New York Post’s frontpage.
It read: ‘Alex Morgan mocks England with sip from World ‘Cup’ Tea Party.’
The act simultaneously mocked the British love for a cup of tea while also referencing the Boston Tea Party of 1773 – a seminal moment in the American pursuit of independence from Great Britain.
She was criticised by some for her celebration, with England and Juventus forward Lianne Sanderson called it ‘distasteful’.
USA star Alex Morgan poked fun at England by pretending to drink a cuppa in celebration
She celebrated with the gesture after putting United States into the lead for the second time
The Washington Post used the American win as their lead image with caption ‘one win away’
The New York Times featured Morgan’s header, calling it the ‘shot heard round the World Cup’
Sanderson, working as a pundit on beIN Sports, said: ‘I expected Alex to grab a goal but I’m not that happy with that celebration.
‘You can celebrate how you want, but for me that is a bit distasteful, and I don’t think she needs to do that.’
The New York Times also featured Morgan’s header, calling it the ‘short heard round the World Cup’.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post also included the victorious U.S. side on their frontpage, under the caption ‘one win away’.
Phil Neville (C) said after the match that his team were closing the gap on the Americans
Jill Ellis’s side have now reached three World Cup finals in a row, and the current holders will face either Germany or Sweden on Sunday to win their fourth title.
For England, it’s a second successive semi-final heartbreak, but Phil Neville is adamant the Lionesses will close the gap on the Americans after doing the nation proud.
Neville said: ‘We will get there and are closing the gap. We have to keep investing and driving standards. We’ve had bumps along the way but it’s exciting and the bumps make you better.’
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