Rapinoe sends USA to quarter final.
Two Megan Rapinoe penalties saw USA defeat Spain 2-1 to advance into the Women’s World Cup Quarter finals.
The number one ranked side in the World however did not have it all their way as they were given a scare by Jorge Vilda’s side.
The first penalty was awarded inside 7 minutes as Maria Leon made a lunging tackle on the Tobin Heath as she danced her way into the box.
Rapinoe took full responsibility before drilling her effort low into the net leaving Sandra Paños with no chance of saving.
However Spain responded in emphatic fashion and found themselves level when Becky Sauerbrunn was caught in possession by Lucia Garcia. Before she played in Jenni Hermoso of Atletico Madrid and she did the rest in finding the top corner with a beautiful curling effort.
This was the first goal that Alyssa Naeher in the USA goal had conceded all tournament and one that from an American point of view could have been prevented.
In the 71st more VAR controversy was to unfold Virginia Torrecilla made contact with Rose Lavelle and after a lengthy review the penalty was awarded.
To the spectators frustration with a chorus of boos before Rapinoe fired in despite Panos guessing the right way but the placement was was perfect.
Spain created a number of changes including in the first minute when Patri Guijarro’s powerful shot was blocked by Becky Sauerbrunn.
USA will now play France in Fridays quarter final in Paris in what is expected to be a thrilling contest.