Women’s World Cup: Rapinoe’s brace sends United States to semifinals
Rapinoe has scored four consecutive goals for the United States
Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe (15) and Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O'Hara (5) celebrate Rapinoe's second goal of the game vs. France in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)
Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe (15) and Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O'Hara (5) celebrate Rapinoe's second goal of the game vs. France in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)

The United States advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 win over France in Paris on Friday. Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe scored twice to lead the United States to the win. She has now scored the last four goals for the United States, after recording a brace in the Round of 16 win over Spain.

Rapinoe is the first player in FIFA Women’s World Cup history to score twice in consecutive knockout round games.

The U.S. women’s national team has never missed the semifinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s their eighth consecutive appearance in the final four of the tournament. They will face England in the semifinals on Tuesday in Lyon.

Rapinoe’s first goal came in just the fifth minute, a free kick through traffic to give the U.S. the early lead. The ball skipped through the box, aided by a dummy from Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz, and into the back of the net.

Rapinoe’s second came in the 65th minute, when Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath found her open in the box.

France pulled a goal back late on a header from Wendie Renard, but the United States held on for the win.

“You have to give it up to the French team. I think they outplayed us, for sure, with the ball today,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports’ Alex Curry after the match. “We were so good defensively, so strong. We hit them where it hurt. We took our chances. This team … unreal amount of heart.”

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