FIFA Women’s World Cup warm-ups: USA leave it late against Wales

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Angharad James (8 Wales) in action with Lindsey Horan (10 United States). (Karen Ambrose Hickey / SPP)

Two goals in the last quarter of an hour of the USA’s final warm-up match for the FIFA Women’s World Cup saw them see off Wales 2-0 in front of a sell-out 18,000 crowd in San Jose.

Wales were without the likes of Jess Fishlock, Rachel Rowe and Sophie Ingle, but restricted the world champions to a late double from substitute Trinity Rodman.

Goalkeeper Olivia Clark denied Lindsey Horan early on, while Lily Woodham went of injured at half-time following a head injury in a collision with Alyssa Thompson.

Kayleigh Green had to head the ball off the line to thwart the dominant Americans, who out-shot their visitors 22-2.

Lynn Williams and Sophia Smith combined to set up Rodman for the breakthrough, Rodman then firing into the top corner from outside the box with just three minutes remaining,

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Josie Green (6 Wales) in action with Alana Cook (12 United States). (Karen Ambrose Hickey / SPP)

Elsewhere, South Korea had to come from behind to defeat Women’s World Cup finals debutants Haiti 2-1. Nerilla Mondesir gave the Haitians the lead, Ji So-yun levelled from the spot after the interval and Jang Sel-gi got the winner nine  minutes from time.

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