American women charge into World Cup semifinals after beating France

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 17:24:32-04

The United States women’s soccer team advanced to the FIFA world semifinals after a gritty 2-1 victory over France in Paris on Friday.

Megan Rapinoe accounted for both goals for the Americans, who scored first on Rapinoe’s goal barely five minutes into the game. It continued a trend where the American team has never lost a game in the World Cup when scoring first.

Rapinoe later scored early in the second half for a 2-0 American lead. It was her fifth goal in this year’s World Cup competition, sharing her with the lead with teammate Alex Morgan.

Megan Rapinoe scored two goals to lead the United States to a 2-1 triumph over France in the 2019 World Cup quarterfinals. (Image License
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France pulled within 2-1 on Wendie Renard’s header in the 81st minute. But it wasn’t enough as American goalie Alyssa Naeher withstood a frantic French finish to slat away the victory.

The victory boosts the Americans into the semifinals against England at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The England qualified by beating Norway, 3-0, on Thursday.