Penalty kicks give U.S. women 2-1 win over Spain
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

(FRANCE) - 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. starting lineup against Spain after missing the last group-stage game with a hip contusion, and manager Jill Ellis went with Sam Mewis in place of Lindsey Horan. The U.S. and Spain traded goals inside of the first 10 minutes, with Rapinoe converting an early penalty before Jennifer Hermoso capitalized on sloppy play out of the back from the Americans and curled a shot past Alyssa Naeher. The U.S. was handed a lifeline in the 71st minute of the second half when Virginia Torrecilla clipped Rose Lavelle in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. After video review confirmed the call, Rapinoe stepped up and buried her second penalty kick to put the U.S. back in the lead. Spain coach Jorge Vilda would not comment on the refereeing, stressing his pride that his team gave the U.S. a tough match. The win sets up a quarterfinal date for the U.S. with host France in Paris on Friday.