The U.S. Women’s National Team battled to beat Spain in the 16th round at the Women’s World Cup.
The U.S. had an easy road this time in the tournament. Spain’s performance was a commendable one but it was not enough to win the World Cup.
The United States has been in power in the Women’s Soccer. A three-time winner of the World Cup still stands tall with their winners’ trophy.
Women’s World Cup: United State defeated Spain 2-1.
It was in the 76th minute when the U.S. broke the tie. Rose Lavelle was brought down in the box after a challenge by a Spanish defender that threatened to hit Lavelle’s leg.
Megan Rapinoe took her second penalty kick of the game. And, like in the first half, she powered the ball low and to the left giving the U.S. a 2-1 lead.
The U.S. had never lost a World Cup game whenever it made the first goal. And it had always made it to at least the semifinals in every Women’s World Cup.
The three-time and defending 2015 champions next play on Friday. It’s a game that’s been anticipated all tournament long: the U.S. taking on host country France in the quarterfinals.