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Rapinoe’s Brace Leads U.S. to Victory over France in World Cup Quarters

Led by Megan Rapinoe’s two goals, the U.S. defeated France 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup of the Women’s World Cup on Friday evening in front of a raucous crowd of over 45,000 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

The U.S. side came out attacking and struck quickly as Megan Rapinoe right-footed one into the net off a free kick in the game’s 5th minute. The free kick came as a result of a foul by France’s Griedge Mbock Bathy, one in which she was issued a yellow card.

The goal was Rapinoe’s fourth of the tournament and her 48th international goal.

However, she wasn’t done.

In the game’s 65th minute, Rapinoe struck again as she footed a ball from Tobin Heath into the net to give the U.S. team a 2-0 lead.

France struck in the 81st minute as Wendie Renard headed a ball from Gaetane Thiney into the top right corner of the goal to cut the U.S. lead in half.

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