Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spain Pulls Even With USA in Women's World Cup Last 16

Spain Pulls Even With USA in Women's World Cup Last 16

The Women's World Cup has started to heat up as favourites meet each other in the Quarterfinals.

Sterner tests will come, but probably not until the quarterfinals when France, if the last-16 ties go as predicted, will likely be the opponent for what would be a mouthwatering contest in Paris.

That's the first goal United States of America has conceded at World Cup 2019. "We're so motivated to want to win and succeed". She assisted Alex Morgan for USA's first goal of the tournament and has kept 2 clean sheets in the process.

"I would have taken an extra day or two", United States defender Kelley O'Hara said of Monday's match, per ESPN.

Anybody who wondered whether the United States would ease off against Sweden and accept second place in the group for an easier path in the knockout rounds got their answer in the first three minutes of Thursday's game.

The United States' 2-0 goal came off of a shot from Tobin Heath of Basking Ridge, NJ in the 50th minute.

Already assured a spot in the round of 16 before the game, the United States finished atop its group and will head to Reims to face Spain on Monday.

While the USA played Sweden in its final group game on Thursday, Spain played its final group game against China on Monday. The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion.

Coach Jill Ellis said she believed that friendly was critical to the Americans' preparation, but both teams have since evolved.

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"It's huge and a big part of what we're trying to do both offensively and defensively". Sweden swept past Chile and Thailand before resting a bunch of starters in a 2-0 loss against the United States. Cameroon and Nigeria each had a goals for and against ratio of -2 and advanced, while Chile was at -3, and thus eliminated. Rose Lavelle played a flawless diagonal cross for Rapinoe, who was streaking down the left, but her finish to the near post was turned aside for a corner kick.

The USWNT is seeking its fourth World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015).

Unlike her first two appearances, Naeher got involved early against the Swedes.

"Alex took a knock in the first half and it was just, 'Let's be smart about this.' Similar vein to Julie".

"At the time I didn't know how important it is, but we knew every goal would count", she said, adding with a smile: "I actually wanted more after that, being my selfish self". The Dutch won 2-1, scoring only the second and third goals against Canada in the whole of 2019, showcasing their superb attacking quality to break down a defence that hadn't leaked more than one in a single game since October 2018.

Coach Peter Gerhardsson said he made the selection with an eye on the knockout stages.

The match starts at noon ET and will be televised on Fox Sports 1 (English) and Telemundo (Spanish). It was then a retaken missed penalty that turned a slightly lacklustre performance against Nigeria in a 1-0 win in their third and final game.

But when Megan Rapinoe swung in a low corner, Sweden's defenders allowed the ball to fall into the path of Horan, leaving the impressive midfielder with a simple strike a few yards from goal.

They erupted again in the 50th minute when Tobin Heath, the most skillful player on the USA team, beat defender Jonna Andersson just outside the 6-yard box, skimmed the ball off Andersson's foot and into the goal. The goal was reviewed by VAR after it appeared Lloyd was offside. She also became the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Marta.

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