United States’ outstanding and victorious performance against Spain took the US to quarter-final against hosts France at the women’s World Cup. Sweden also joined US at next phase in last night as Sweden’s goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl made a brilliant second-half penalty save as her country edged out Canada 1-0 in Paris, meaning they advance to a similarly enticing tie against Germany.
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Rapinoe’s first penalty gave Jill Ellis’s team an early lead after Tobin Heath was brought down in the box by Maria Leon. However, Jennifer Hermoso pounced to equalize moments later after Becky Sauerbrunn had been caught in possession, and Spain held their own after that against the World Cup favorites.
“I hope it’s wild and crazy and the fans are crazy and that there’s tonnes of media around it and it’s just a big spectacle,” Rapinoe said of Friday’s match. “I think it’s going to be incredible for the women’s game. You have two heavy hitters meeting in the knockout rounds and this is everything you want.”
It is not what Spain wanted, and the penalty that decided the game left a bitter taste in their mouths. “I didn’t touch her… they blew for that penalty because it was the United States,” a distraught Torrecilla said.
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14 September, 2019