Stalwarts’ Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored 14 minutes apart in the first half to lead the US women’s national team to a 2-0 victory over France in Le Havre, France, on Tuesday.
Rapinoe scored a penalty in the fifth minute and has goals in four straight games. Morgan doubled the number on the 19th with his 109th goal for the world’s top ranked team.
A foul by defender Aiuml; ssatou Tounkara at Morgan allowed Rapinoe the opportunity to score his 59th international goal.
It was Rapinoe’s 87th minute PK that saved a 1-1 match against Sweden on Saturday to extend the Americans’ undefeated distance to 39, even though a 16-game winning streak ended.
Morgan made it 2-0 by slowing down his drive to stay in place when Christen Press split the defense with a pass to the right of the penalty area at the Stade Oceane, the site of the Americans’ final defeat, 3-1 on January 19. , 2019.
Since then, the United States has broken a 35-0-4 record, including the last meeting between Americans and French in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
USWNT defeated the hosts 2-1 in Paris on June 28, 2019, where Rapinoe also converted a penalty in the fifth minute on the way to a second World Cup title in a row.
France was undefeated since that match (14-0-2) but the French No. 3 was not in full force on Tuesday as four players from the World Cup squad did not play due to COVID-19 protocol.
Despite the early deficit, France had two quality chances before the break from Marie-Antoinette Katoto. After 22 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defense allowed Alyssa Naeher to get through. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors.
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