U.S. benefits from controversial penalty to beat Spain, advance to quarter-finals


The United States needed two Megan Rapinoe penalties, one of them controversial, to beat Spain 2-1 on Monday and set up a quarter-final clash with hosts France at the women’s World Cup.

The winning spot kick was subject to much debate but Rapinoe converted it with 15 minutes left after her opening penalty had been canceled out by Jennifer Hermoso early in the first half.

After breezing through the group phase, holders the U.S. lacked inspiration and conceded their first goal of the tournament as Spain rose to the occasion in searing heat at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.

France, who the U.S. will meet in Paris on Friday for a place in the last four, scraped through the last 16 with a 2-1 win against Brazil after extra time on Sunday.



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