USWNT avenge Olympic heartache with World Cup victory over Sweden

This is the second Women's World Cup match in which U.S. netted two penalties (also 26 June 2003 v Nigeria). A Narrow loss to Germany and a draw with China saw them through the group stage but the US will be the biggest test they have faced in their major tournament history. Team Canada still advances by finishing in second place.

Playing in only their second World Cup and having reached the knockout stages for the first time, they were led from the back by resolute Paris St-Germain defender Irene Paredes, while Atletico Madrid star Hermoso played a key role in building their counter attacks.

There has been little that has slowed the its romp through the World Cup competition thus far.

France, who U.S. will meet in Paris on Friday for a place in the last four, scraped through the last 16 with a 2-1 win against Brazil after extra time on Sunday.

Hosts France encounter women's soccer legend Marta's Brazil, as other round of 16 matches pit the Netherlands and Japan in Rennes on Tuesday.

Monday afternoon's Women's World Cup match saw a bit of controversy around the 72nd minute, which ultimately resulted in the US team taking the lead after a contentious first half. "Every game we come out with that mentality: We want three points, we want to score goals, we want shutouts".

Spain is ranked 13th in the world and battled the a 1-0 game back on January 22.

Up 2-0 but needing to win by three clear goals, La Roja's Francisca Lara rattled her spot-kick against the crossbar which allowed Nigeria to claim the last of the four places open to the best third-placed sides. The record was previously held by Hungary in 1954 and Norway in 1995 (with 17 goals). Vegas agrees: Die Nationalelf are the second-biggest moneyline favorite to win in the round of 16 (-600 as of Friday afternoon) after England (-750). They defeated Scotland 2-1, Argentina 1-0 and Japan 2-0. The women's team will have to contend with France or Brazil in the quarterfinals.

France won all three games and topped Group A, but had plenty of help with VAR and a couple of extremely controversial calls in their favour.

The victory gave the top-ranked United States a potentially more challenging path to the final.

Sinclair is now just two goals away from matching the worldwide record set by former US forward Abby Wambach. Despite winning two of three games, Brazil finished third in Group C behind Italy and Australia.

Julie Ertz returned to the USA starting lineup against Spain after missing the last group-stage game with a hip contusion, and manager Jill Ellis went with Sam Mewis in place of Lindsey Horan.

Their 2-1 win over Canada shows exactly the type of quality Sarina Wiegman's squad possesses.

The world's number-one side and pre-tournament favourites were given a scare by the Spaniards but survived the first nervy match of their title defence with a narrow win thanks to two penalties. Sweden swept past Chile and Thailand before resting a bunch of starters in a 2-0 loss against the United States.

A slow start to the tournament ended with a brilliant performance in Australia's final group game for Kerr.

How can you find a US vs. Spain World Cup live stream? The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion. The woman and the man were thrown out by the French security forces from the stadium because of political demonstrations during Federation Internationale de Football Association tournaments actually are prohibited.

England has advanced to at least the quarterfinals in each of the last three World Cups and seems likely to make it four against a Cameroon team that needed a last-minute goal from Ajara Nchout Njoya to beat New Zealand on Thursday. The 29-year-old victor will not stop her quest for another World Cup, and will keep on scoring in the tournament. Japan is not the same powerhouse they were eight years ago, but are still risky.

  • Julie Sanders