A pair of Megan Rapinoe penalty kicks handed the United States a 2-1 win against a tough Spain side on Monday, booking a spot in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup.
Julie Ertz returned to the U.S. Jill Ellis went with Sam Mewis to place of Lindsey Horan.
The U.S. 10 minutes ago Rapinoe converting to early before Jennifer Hermoso capitalized on sloppy Alyssa Naeher.
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After conceding the early goal, the US 1-1.
"You can Talk tactics but heart, grit and resolve – that's a big part of World Cup soccer, "said Ellis after the match.
" We know that, we've learned that
Rapinoe added: "That's World Cup level right there." You can not replicate it, there's no way to express it or teach it. [1
The second helped a different proposition for La Roja who got into the game and started to force the action in the attacking third, with the US continuing to push forward
The United States is handed a lifeline in the 71st minute when Virginia Torrecilla clipped Rose Lavelle in the area and the referee pointed to the spot
Spain coach Jorge Vilda would not comment on the refereeing,
I really enjoy that. I am very proud indeed. In terms of competitiveness, "he told a news conference."
"It was a great effort on the part of all the players.
Spain pushed hard for equalizer and was given seven minutes of stoppage time to find a tying goal
The win sets up a quarter final date for the US with host France – which needed extra time to beat Brazil 2-1 on Sunday – in Paris on June 28.