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U.S. into Women’s World Cup final with 3-1 victory over France

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 13:  Alex Morgan (2nd of right) of USA celebrates after she scores her team's 3rd goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Semi Final match between France and USA at Borussia-Park on July 13, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

The U.S. advanced to the final match of the Women's World Cup for the first time in 12 years today by beating France, 3-1, in Moenchengladbach, Germany.

Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach scored to lead the United States to a 3-1 victory over France in the Women's World Cup semifinals today in Moenchengladbach, Germany.

Wambach, who scored that epic header goal in the last seconds of Sunday's quarterfinal match against Brazil, again scored the game-winner. This time, her  corner kick in the 79th minute put the nail in France's coffin.

"Abby, she's just the best," US coach Pia Sundhage said. "I'm very happy to have her in our team. Great."

The US will face Sweden or Japan in Sunday's final in Frankfurt, Germany. It is the first final appearance for the US since it won the World Cup in 1999.

"France is a great team. I think there were moments when they were outplaying us, but this is about wanting it more," Wambach said.

France tied the match in the 55th minute when Sonia Bompastor's crossing pass from 30 yards floated past US goalie Hope Solo, who was forced to defend as France's Gaetane Thiney moved toward the ball.

The United States had only two days rest following the dramatic shootout win over Brazil Sunday,itsquickest turnaround of the tournament, and there had been concern that fatigue or emotions might get the best of them. But Wambach, who has been playing with an Achilles' tendon so sore it often kept her out of practice, dismissed that idea. And they proved it on the field.