Women's World Cup 2019: American captain Megan Rapinoe scored two penalties while Jennifer Hermoso a brilliant attack was not enough, as the US beat Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16.
Megan Rapinoe scored a penalty in every half to lead the US to victory in the Women's World Cup over Spain. (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Reims: The United States takes on France in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup after two Megan Rapinoe sanctions forced them 2-1 last Monday.
The reigning world champions will face the hosts in Paris on Friday in a match that could well determine the destination of the tournament after Rapinoe struck from the spot in the seventh and 75th minutes.
Spain had returned two minutes after the opening of Rapinoe & # 39; s self-defender by a fine lob by Jennifer Hermoso after the sloppy play at the back of the Americans.
The US thought they were ready for an easy afternoon when Tobin Heath was knocked down by Maria Leon after he had brilliantly collected Abby Dahlkemper's long pass.
Rapinoe threw the following penalty home to send the overwhelming American crowd wild, but Spain surprised them again in silence shortly thereafter.
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Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher played a sloppy pass to a dormant Becky Sauerbrunn, who let Lucia Garcia knock the ball off her feet before Hermoso gave a super strike to Naeher.
Spain stood up against a team that most observers expect to lift the trophy in Lyon on July 7, but was left with another 15 minutes when referee Katalin Kulcsar whistled for a new spot kick after what seemed like a soft foul on the vibrant Rose Lavelle from Virginia Torrecilla.
The penalty was confirmed after a VAR check and Rapinoe hit the ball in the same corner to give the US the smallest wins and set a date with the French in what will be the long-awaited match of the tournament.