Women's World Cup 2019: Google Doodle Sets Up England V USA Semi Final Clash
If you haven't been watching the Women's World Cup 2019, where have you been? The Lionesses have been doing our nation proud by smashing their way through to a semi-final against competition favourites USA.
To mark the event, Google have dedicated a Doodle to both teams. The Doodle is part of a set, with the Netherlands and Sweden set to get their own animation for their match tomorrow.
England's Doodle is a sketch of four players kicking a ball across Abbey Road. The US Doodle is unsurprisingly both over the top and ultra patriotic showing the Statue of Liberty slide tacking the ball in front of stars and stripes. Because why not?
The two sides head go head to head in Lyon tonight with USA just edging it as the bookies' favourites.
Previously we reported that we should be celebrating the Women's World Cup like we did the men's.
"There's no denying that this Women's World Cup has got a great buzz surrounding it and a lot of attention which is great but why not try and aim for the equivalent when it comes to backing the squad along with head coach, Phil Neville?" was our take.
And if the Lionesses do manage to get through to the final, they will be one match away from being the first World Cup winning English team since 1966.
It seems like our cry has been heard as the Women's World Cup has become the UK's most viewed women's football tournament ever, with a combined TV reach of 17.2 million.
England's last match ended up with a emphatic 3-0 victory against Norway, in what many consider to be their best performance of the tournament, despite also beating Cameroon 3-0 in the previous round.
Fans have every reason to be optimistic after the Lionesses topped their group after beating Japan, Argentina and Scotland.
The Americans also have every right to think they're going through to the final. In fact, US winger Megan Rapinoe has brazenly turned down a potential invite to the White House despite not actually winning the tournament yet.
They are favourites for a reason though, taking their form from their title-winning campaign in the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. Before conceding against France in their 3-1 win i the quarter final, they had scored 18 without conceding a single goal in just three matches.
As with any major sporting event, the match has been tainted with controversy with England Coach Phil Neville seeming incensed after finding that some of the US staff had visited the Lionesses camp uninvited.
He said: "It's not something we'd do, send somebody around to another team's hotel
"But it's their problem. I'm sure [U.S. coach] Jill [Ellis] probably wouldn't have been happy with that arrangement. I wouldn't have been if that was my team ops person going around, and I'm sure she'll be dealing with their infrastructure within their own discipline, probably."
England v USA is live on BBC One from 8pm tonight.
Featured Image Credit: Google