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In the 76th minute of the game, United States' Megan Rapinoe powered the ball low and to the left giving the U.S. a 2-1 lead. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption
In the 76th minute of the game, United States' Megan Rapinoe powered the ball low and to the left giving the U.S. a 2-1 lead.
It wasn't easy, pretty or elegant. But the U.S. Women's National Team battled to beat Spain in the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup. The U.S. had an easy road in this tournament. Until Monday. Spain, playing in its first ever World Cup, played like it had been there many times before. But in the end, it was not enough. The U.S. defeated Spain 2-1.
Spain started aggressively and came out on the attack in the opening minute — challenging the U.S. defense. But the U.S. struck first. Tobin Heath was tripped in front of the Spanish goal for a U.S. penalty kick. Megan Rapinoe hammered the ball low and to the left in the seventh minute. But the lead did not last long.
Spain came right back after U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made a short and ill-advised pass to Becky Sauerbrunn that Spain intercepted and led to a beautiful strike by Jennifer Hermoso to tie it 1-1 (that was the first goal the U.S. had allowed in 647 minutes of play)
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