MONTREAL (AP) — Celia Sasic picked a pretty bad time for Germany’s first missed penalty kick in the women’s World Cup.
The Germany forward shanked the ball to the left — even as U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo dove the other way — on her penalty kick after a foul in the box in the 59th minute.
The Americans went on to win 2-0 and advance to the final.
The top-ranked Germans had been 17 for 17 on World Cup penalty kicks, including all five in a tiebreaker to beat France in the quarterfinal.
Sasic is the leading scorer in the tournament, with six goals in Germany’s first five games.
That’s why coach Silvia Neid picked her to take the shot after Julie Johnston pulled Alexandra Popp down from behind in the penalty box.