USA reach World Cup final 2-0 against Germany
Carli Lloyd made the European nation pay for a missed penalty with a converted one of her own before Kelley O'Hara's strike sealed the win
United States' clinical finishing from the spot was the difference as they beat Germany 2-0 to reach the Women's World Cup final.
After a goalless first half, Germany missed their first penalty in Women's World Cup history when Celia Sasic fired wide at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Carli Lloyd made the European nation pay for his miss with a spot kick of her own before assisting Kelley O'Hara with six minutes to go to eliminate Germany.
The Germans nearly broke the deadlock early, but Melanie Leupolz's attempt in the third minute sailed over the crossbar.
The teams exchanged shots a few minutes later, but both US goalkeeper Hope Solo and Germany shot-stopper Nadine Angerer kept the match scoreless.
Angerer stopped a Megan Rapinoe shot in the ninth minute and kicked away an Alex Morgan attempt three minutes later.
USA had several chances late in the first half, but the German defence suffocated their strikers to stifle each scoring opportunity.
Following the break, Germany blew a golden opportunity in the 61st minute when Julie Johnston pulled down Alexandra Popp, but Sasic's penalty went left of the target after Solo dived to the right.
With two-thirds of the match gone, Annike Krahn collided with Morgan just outside the box but a penalty was awarded, which Lloyd convincingly converted.
Lloyd then helped USA finish off the match when she sent a pass in from the left side to O'Hara, who flicked it into an empty net in the 84th minute.
USA, who have reached their second successive Women's World Cup final, will face either England or Japan for the title in Vancouver on Sunday.