Megan Rapinoe poses after scoring second goal against France

The U.S. maintained the 1-0 lead over France at halftime and pushed the score to 2-0 in the 65th minute after another goal from Rapinoe.

Rapinoe scored both of the Americans' goals, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about her "disrespect" for the country following the release of a months-old video of Rapinoe saying, "I'm not going to the f--ing White House". The hosts also had a late penalty claim on a hand ball in the box that was ignored by the controversial Video Assistant Referee system. She scored two against Spain on Monday. 'I think, if anything, it just fires everybody up a little bit more, ' she said. "We've been ticking games off in our head", she said.

She has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump this week after Rapinoe said she would not visit the White House if the U.S. wins a title in France.

Rapinoe's free-kick from a tight angle just outside the area bounced through a jumble of bodies and beyond a helpless Sarah Bouhaddi in the fifth minute. Her star forward Alex Morgan is expected to play, but has not been 100 percent since her injury versus Sweden.

In its first Women's World Cup group stage match against Thailand, the USWNT scored 13 goals - the most ever in.

The Lionesses would have been watching on knowing the tough task facing them on Tuesday, but fear has not played a part in Neville's side's progress this tournament. "I don't think we should shy away from that".

Then in the 65th minute, Rapinoe finished a ball from Tobin Heath to give the US breathing room. "So the only pressure we have is to have a good performance", Diacre said. "Playing better with it, better offensively, better in our possession and our passing - they were clearly much better than us in that tonight". "We were under the pump for much of the game, but we took our chances really well". Naeher tipped Eugenie Le Sommer's lobbed shot over the crossbar in the 78th minute and one minute later made a diving save on Amadine Henry's shot from the edge of the penalty area.

French centre-back Wendie Renard pulled one back with a header. With the full-time whistle looming, France appealed for a penalty when Amel Majri's cross hit the arm of Kelley O'Hara, but the referee, rightly, ignored France's please and the United States held on. But I hope that we have attained something elsewhere tonight, I hope we have won over the hearts and minds of the public. But even then I knew: I needed to play twice as hard, twice as smart, to get respect.

  • Salvatore Jensen


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