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US in the World Cup Quarterfinals After 2-1 Win Over Spain

The U.S. Women's National Team began their 2019 World Cup run by routing Thailand in a 13-0 win. The U.S. Women's National Team began their 2019 World Cup run by routing Thailand in a 13-0 win. |  Photo: Fox Sports

Created: June 24, 2019 02:29 PM

REIMS, France (AP) - Megan Rapinoe converted a pair of penalty kicks and the United States set up a much-anticipated quarterfinal meeting with host France at the Women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Spain on Monday.

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Rapinoe's first came in the seventh minute to the cheers of the U.S. supporters melting in temperatures that reached nearly 90 degrees at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. They were quieted a short time later when Jennifer Hermoso tied it up for Spain with the first goal the Americans had allowed in France.

Video review was used to confirm a foul on Rose Lavelle that gave the pink-haired captain the game-winner in the 75th minute, spoiling Spain's spirited effort in its first knockout-round appearance at a World Cup.

The defending champions head to Paris to face France on Friday night. The French defeated Brazil 2-1 in extra time Sunday night, with Amandine Henry scoring the game-winner in the 107th minute.

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