The first semi final of the women’s soccer World Cup on Tuesday in Montreal opposing Germany and the US, two giants of the discipline which nevertheless experienced some difficulties since the beginning of the tournament.

In the case of Germany, it is even a little more than difficulties. In the quarter final against France, Silvia Neid’s players, pushed around like never before, equalizing from the penalty spot in the 84th minute before winning on penalties.

Nadine Angerer who was in difficulty struggling against France and hung by Norway, (1-1), nonetheless delivering a knock-out play against Sweden, (4-1).

They will need to reproduce this kind of performance against the United States at the semi-final. The two best teams in the world by FIFA’s ranking, victorious on four World cup in 1991 and 1999 for United States and 2003 – 2007 for Germany.

“I like to think we are the best in the world but if you look at the rankings, it is they who are ahead,” said the US Ali Krieger on Sunday.

“It will be a very big game. It’s a bit odd that the No. 1 and No. 2 confront each other in the semifinals, but we focus on ourselves and our opponent”, she added.

The match will also see the clash between two of the best players of recent years, the German goalkeeper Angerer, impeccable since the begining, and the great American striker Abby Wambach, she is the only viable starter for either team.

“These are two solid players full of confidence. All teams need this type of teammate. These are real leaders and there are many similarities between them, “said Krieger.

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