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England v United States – the Women’s World Cup semi-final in pictures

England suffered further semi-final heartbreak as the Lionesses fell to a 2-1 loss to defending Women’s World Cup champions the United States.

Less than 12 months after the men’s senior side fell at the last-four stage to Croatia by the same scoreline in Russia, Phil Neville’s team could not go one better as the Lionesses tasted defeat in a semi-final for a third successive major tournament.

Here, PA takes look at some of the best images from a disappointing night in Lyon.

Both teams line up on the pitch ahead of the semi-final

Both teams line up on the pitch ahead of the semi-final clash (Richard Sellers/PA)

England's Jill Scott challenges Alex Morgan

England’s Jill Scott challenges Alex Morgan (Richard Sellers/PA)

Christen Press' header opened the scoring in the 10th minute

Christen Press opened the scoring with a 10th-minute header (Richard Sellers/PA)

Press celebrates putting the United States in front

Press celebrates putting the United States in front (John Walton/PA)

Ellen White equalised for England in the 19th minute

Ellen White equalised for England in the 19th minute (John Walton/PA)

White, left, celebrates England's leveller

White, left, celebrates England’s leveller (John Walton/PA)

Morgan, red - left, heads USA back in front at 31st minute

Morgan, in red on the left, heads the USA back in front in the 31st minute (John Walton/PA)

Morgan celebrated her sixth World Cup goal by pretending to drink a cup of tea

Morgan celebrated her sixth World Cup goal by pretending to drink a cup of tea (Richard Sellers/PA)

England players react to the USA's second goal

England players react to the USA’s second goal (John Walton/PA)

England head coach Phil Neville during the World Cup semi-final

England head coach Phil Neville during the World Cup semi-final (Richard Sellers/PA)

Scott, left, and Lindsey Horan, right, come together in midfield

Scott, left, and Lindsey Horan come together in midfield (Richard Sellers/PA)

Ellen White thought she levelled for England once again with this finish

White thought she levelled for England once again with this effort (John Walton/PA)

White celebrates her second goal for England

White celebrates what she thought was a second goal for England (Richard Sellers/PA)

The VAR Screen shows that White’s second goal of the game is disallowed

The VAR screen shows that White’s second goal of the game is disallowed (Richard Sellers/PA)

White argues the decision with referee Edina Alves

White appeals against the decision to referee Edina Alves (Richard Sellers/PA)

White was fouled by Becky Sauerbrun as England were awarded a penalty after a VAR decision

White was fouled by Becky Sauerbrun as England were awarded a penalty after a VAR decision (Richard Sellers/PA)

England captain Steph Houghton waiting to taking the penalty in the 84th minute

England captain Steph Houghton waiting to taking the penalty in the 84th minute (John Walton/PA)

But USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved the spot-kick

But USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saved the spot-kick (Richard Sellers/PA)

Millie Bright, right, put in a rash tackle on Morgan two minutes after the penalty miss

Millie Bright, right, put in a rash tackle on Morgan two minutes after the penalty miss (Richard Sellers/PA)

Which saw Bright receive her second yellow card and was sent off

Bright duly received her second yellow card and was sent off (Richard Sellers/PA)

White appears dejected after the final whistle

White is dejected after the final whistle (John Walton/PA)

Scott was distraught after the final whistle

Scott was distraught (Richard Sellers/PA)

England players reflect on the defeat on the Lyon pitch

England players reflect on the defeat on the Lyon pitch (John Walton/PA)

England v USA – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Semi Final – Stade de Lyon

The United States team celebrate after full-time (John Walton/PA)

Rachel Daly consoles Bright after the match

Rachel Daly consoles Bright after the match (John Walton/PA)

Neville comforts Houghton after the match in Lyon

Neville comforts Houghton (Richard Sellers/PA)

England players form a huddle around head coach Neville

The England players form a huddle around head coach Neville (John Walton/PA)

Neville, left, and the players during a huddle

Neville, left, and the players during a huddle (John Walton/PA)