Megan Rapinoe Gives USA A 2-0 Lead Against France


Megan Rapinoe scored a goal in the 5th minute to put the United States up 1-0 in this quarterfinals contest.

The 33-year-old Rapinoe curled a free kick past a sea of legs and the goalkeeper and into France’s net. She then finished a counter attack in the 64th minute.

Rapinoe scored two penalty kicks to help USA beat Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16. The USWNT lost 3-1 against France back in January but they’re looking for their second straight World Cup Championship.

Megan Rapinoe has five goals and two assists so far in this tournament. She had two goals and two assists over six games in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Women’s World Cup games can’t end in a draw in the knockout stage.

If a knockout stage game ends in a draw, there’s a brief intermission and then the games will go into two 15-minute halves of extra time. If no team scores then the game would go into penalty kicks, as explained by FIFA rules:

“In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played. Extra time shall consist of two 15-minute periods, with an interval of five minutes at the end of normal playing time, but not between the two periods of extra time.

The players shall remain on the pitch during both of these intervals.
If the score is still level at the end of extra time, kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken to determine the winner, in accordance with the procedure specified in the Laws of the Game.”

Women’s World Cup games can end in a tie during the group stage but not in the knockout stage and in the potential penalty kicks, each team starts with five attempts.