On Tuesday, the United States plays Germany, with the winner advancing to the World Cup championship. The game is at 6 p.m. CT on Fox.
Here are five oddities, curiosities or (possibly) interesting facts about the game and its participants:
This is the fourth time the United States and Germany have met in a World Cup. Each time previously, the winner of the match went on to win the tournament.
• In 1991, in the first Women’s World Cup, the United States crushed Germany 5-2 in the semifinals, then beat Norway for the title.
• In 1999, the Americans beat Germany 3-2 in the quarterfinal en route to their second (and most recent) World Cup title.
• In 2003, the Germans beat Team USA 3-0 in the semis and went on to win their first World Cup.
Germany has scored 20 goals in this World Cup, more than twice as many as any other team.
The United States has seven. The other two semifinalists, Japan and England, have eight and seven, respectively.
Hope Solo and the rest of the U.S. women have held opponents scoreless for 423 straight minutes, the longest streak by the United States in World Cup history.
The United States is the only country to reach the semifinals in all seven Women’s World Cups.