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USWNT held to draw by France, set up for crucial clash with England in SheBelieves Cup

7:01 AM SGT 5/3/18
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Mallory Pugh put the USA in font, but the French pulled level before halftime and the score held, setting up a vital game with England

The USWNT opened the SheBelieves Cup with a win over Germany on Thursday, but Jill Ellis' side was held to 1-1 draw by France on Sunday to set up a crucial final match against England on Wednesday. 

Mallory Pugh scored her third goal of the year for the USWNT in the 35th minute, powering home a strike after a scramble in front of goal, but the lead would be short-lived. 

France pulled level in the 38th minute through Eugénie Le Sommer, and the two sides went to the break level. 

Despite holding a sizable advantage on possession throughout the match, the USA had a number of scares throughout the second half, with France rolling up 14 shots.

U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was called on to make some big saves to keep her side in the match through the second half, including two massive stops late in the game to keep the scores level. 

In the end, the USWNT could only manage a draw on the day, but the result was not overly damaging due to the other result in the tournament on Sunday. 

England, which opened the competition with dominant 4-1 win over France, was held to a 2-2 draw by Germany, setting up a title clash between the English and the Americans on Thursday in Orlando.