USA 2-1 Germany: USWNT win the first SheBelieves Cup

It was a battling performance from the host nation to secure their place as winners.

USA 2-1 Germany: USWNT win the first SheBelieves Cup
USWNT emerge victorious in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup.
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USA: Solo; Krieger, Engen, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg, Mewis, Brian, Press, Lloyd (C), Dunn, Morgan.
Germany: Schult; Maier, Peter, Bartusiak, Kemme, Mahroszan, Behringerm Blasse, Mittag, Kershowski, Popp.
SCORE: 01, min. 29, Mittag. 1-1, min. 35, Morgan. 2-1, min, 41, Mewis.

The World Champions have triumphed again as they topped the 2016 SheBelieves Cup following their 2-1 victory over Germany.

Goals from Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis shifted the result in favour of the home side, after Germany had forged ahead through Anja Mittag.

A thrilling first half ended 2-1 for the US

Captain Carli Lloyd was the first to take the initiative and she almost netted for the US just after two minutes but following a good run with the ball, her shot went inches wide. A few minutes later, it was Christen Press' turn to be dangerous with her neat footwork but her consequent shot was easily parried by Almuth Schult.

However, as time went by Germany were coming out from their shell and on the 25th minute, Isabel Kerschowski had a clever-headed ball saved by Hope Solo. A couple of minutes later, Tabea Kemme produced a sensational move as she dribbled past a couple of US defenders, played one-two with Alex Popp and with a low drive shot she almost broke the deadlock but the ball hit the outside net.

The goal seemed like it would be just a matter of time before it was scored and Germany forged ahead on the 29th minute. PSG striker Anja Mittag received the ball from half-way up the pitch, driving forward before firing a low shot at Hope Solo's near post, which Solo herself could not reach.

Six minutes later, Alex Morgan equalized for the home side with a sensational goal. Meghan Klingenberg's through ball from the back landed at Morgan's feet, who lifted the ball over Saskia Bartusiak and, with a first-time volley, blasted the ball into the net amongst the amusement of Boca Raton.

Five minutes later, the US turned around the score to their favour thanks to Samantha Mewis' second goal for the national team. Mewis moved with the ball and as she had the goal in sight, she fired a shot which was heavily deflected past Schult to end the first half at 2-1. 

USWNT resisted until the 90th minute to win the throphy

The second half was a different story from the first 45 minutes, as both teams started to introduce new players on the field much more frequently. Germany had the first chance of the second half through Popp, when she fired in a powerful shot from the edge of the box which Solo managed to turn into a corner.

The home side enjoyed

more possession but it was the Germans who were on target once again through Dzsenifer Maroszan, whose effort however was saved by US's number one. Silvia Neid also introduced Lena Goessling, hoping that she could shift the balance of the match in favour of the Germans, but the world champions stood firm to deny their European counterparts a second goal to claim the Cup for the first time.