USA Draws Spain 2-2 to Exit 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Late Goals from Sophia Smith and Savannah DeMelo Bring USA to Brink of Advancement
The USA rallied from two goals down to draw European champion Spain 2-2 in the third and final Group C match for both teams, but the Americans needed a win to advance to the quarterfinals and exited the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup despite the thrilling comeback.
With Japan defeating Paraguay 6-0 in the other Group C match taking place at the same time, the USA needed a victory to jump over Spain and earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Spain had the better of the early going and got on the board in the seventh minute through Patri Guijarro who finished after a misplayed U.S. clearance. The second Spain goal came in 42nd minute and put the USA in a deep hole. The U.S. once again failed to clear, this time a long free kick, and Lucia Garcia scored from close range.
The USA got its footing midway through the first half with forward Erin Gilory creating danger down the left wing. With the help of two substitutes, forward Abigail Kim and midfielder Brianna Pinto, the USA pushed to get back in the match in the second half.
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