Spain are out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after losing 2-1 to the holders USA on Monday, and who will now take on France in the quarter-finals.
The USA had to work for today’s victory against a determined Spain side. Megan Rapinoe converted an early penalty after Tobin Heath was brought down in the area. Every USA goal at France 2019 has come before the 12th minute.
Rapinoe struck from the spot in the 7th and 75th minutes.
Spain had got themselves back into the game two minutes after Rapinoe’s opener through a fine lob from Jennifer Hermoso, following sloppy play at the back from the Americans.
La Roja became the first side to score against the USA in this World Cup. Hermoso’s goal was the first the Stars & Stripes conceded at the Women’s World Cup in 317 minutes.
Rapinoe became the second player in tournament history to score two penalties in one game after she put another past Panos in the second half, following a foul on Rose Lavelle. The win brings USA’s unbeaten run in the Women’s World Cup to 14 matches, which is one shy of Germany’s record from 2003-2011.
Spain’s coach, Jorge Vilda, said: ‘I really feel that we all should be proud of what we did. I am very proud indeed. In terms of competitiveness, we gave the best team in the world a run for their money. It was a great effort on part of all the players. We’re going to grow from this defeat, and I’m really sure all the players on the team have ensured their future.’