Robert Cianflone / Staff

USA Women’s National Team defeats Spain 2-1 on a Controversial Call

June 25, 2019 - 5:10 pm

The USA Women’s Soccer team faced their most difficult challenge of the World Cup on Monday when they faced Spain in the Round of 16. Not only did the Spanish women score the first goal of the tournament against the USA, they kept the match competitive until the final whistle.

The very physical match came to a head in the 71st minute when Rose Lavelle of the USA was fouled in the box and a penalty kick was called. The Spanish team protested vehemently, and the officials decided to take the call to video review. The call was confirmed after the review and the USA was awarded a penalty kick.

Megan Rapinoe was selected to take the kick for the USA. Rapinoe had scored the team’s earlier goal via a penalty kick in the first half. Rapinoe placed the ball in the lower left corner of the goal in almost the exact same location of her first half kick. This also resulted in a goal giving her USA team a 2-1 lead.

The Spaniards did not give up. They continued to play a very physical game and made the USA fight hard on defense. Even though they won the match, the USA women came away knowing that they had been tested and could have been ousted by the feisty Spanish squad.

Up next for the USA, they must face the team who will provide them the biggest challenge of this tournament – France. The quarterfinals match will take place in Paris which means the French will a huge homefield advantage psychologically. However, the oddsmakers still have the USA at even money to win the World Cup while France is listed at 5-to-1 odds.

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Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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