Thanks to two penalty kick goals by Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. Women’s National Team beat Spain 2-1 in their World Cup round-of-16 match on Monday afternoon in Reims, France. The victory puts the U.S. into the quarterfinals and a matchup with France on Friday.
Megan Rapinoe got the U.S. on the board in the 7th minute with a penalty kick after a Spanish defender pulled down Tobin Heath inside the box.
The U.S. side was the better team through much of the first half but entered the locker room for halftime tied at 1. Spain came out strong in the second half, forcing much of the action but couldn’t convert. The second half’s only scoring came in the 71st minute when Rapinoe again converted a penalty kick after Spain’s Virginia Torrecilla was judged to have taken down Rose Lavelle in the penalty area.
Spain countered about a minute later as Jennifer Hermoso put one in the top right-hand corner in the 9th minute
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