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Spain v United States Live Commentary, 24/06/2019

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Jenni Hermoso (9)
M. Rapinoe (7 pen)
M. Rapinoe (76 pen)
Stade Auguste-Delaune II


That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Spain and the United States! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
Next, the United States will face hosts France in what will almost certainly be one of the best matches of this tournament. As for Spain, they performed well in their second appearance at the Women's World Cup, but will now be heading home after this defeat.
That was far from the best performance you'll ever see from the United States, but they emerge 2-1 winners nonetheless. After the reigning champions dominated the first half, Spain came out and played far better after the break and actually ended up having more possession in the second half (50.4 per cent). Unfortunately for the Spaniards, their struggles to score from open play plagued them yet again in the final 45 minutes, which left the door open for the United States. The latter then took advantage in the 76th minute after a controversial penalty call as Rapinoe scored both her, and her country's second of the day. That proved to be enough come the final whistle, though the Americans will know that they will need to be far better against tougher opposition moving forward in this tournament.
90' + 9' FULL-TIME: Spain 1-2 United States
90' + 8' PENALTY SHOUT! Paredes tried a shot from just inside the penalty area and went down but the referee says play on!
C. Press
M. Rapinoe
United States
90' + 7' Rapinoe, who scored a brace, is now taken off with Press entering the fray for the final minute.
90' + 5' Rapinoe tempts a challenge from Corredera to waste a bit more time, and the latter obliges. Free-kick to the United States.
90' + 4' Hermoso dribbles into the box and tries to cut a ball back toward the penalty spot only to see her pass immediately hammered away by the defence. You'd expect a bit more guile from her there.
90' + 2' Mariona lofts a ball forward toward Nahikari Garcia, but the pass is overhit and carries into the arms of Naeher.
90' There will be seven minutes of added time.
L. Horan
R. Lavelle
United States
89' Another change from the US as Lavelle is withdrawn in favour of Horan.
88' Heath was played into loads of space down the right channel, she drifts inside, and has her cross deflected behind for a corner.
C. Lloyd
A. Morgan
United States
85' As we predicted at the half, Lloyd will replace Morgan at the top of the attack for the United States.
Irene Paredes
Yellow Card
85' After a heavy challenge on Rapinoe, Paredes is finally shown yellow after many prior incidents.
Mariona Caldentey
Virginia Torrecilla
84' Torrecilla is not able to shake off the knock from a couple of minutes ago, and is replaced by Mariona.
80' Big collision in the box as Naeher punched away a lofted pass that was intended for the head of Torrecilla. Both get up eventually, and it seems they will be able to continue.
79' Rapinoe tries an audacious shot from an acute angle outside the box, and it winds up surprisingly close to the top-right corner of goal before heading behind.
Andrea Falcón
Alexia Putellas
79' Putellas is replaced by Falcon in attack for Spain.
77' Also of interest, it was Morgan who initially stepped up to take the penalty but then, during the VAR stoppage, the striker stood down and allowed Rapinoe to take the chance.
M. Rapinoe
Penalty Goal
United States
76' GOOALLL!!!! THE UNITED STATES TAKE THE LEAD! Rapinoe stepped up from the penalty spot for the second time and slotted it under a diving Panos, and into the bottom right-hand corner! It wasn't how they would have imagined it coming, but the US have their second! Spain 1-2 United States.
74' PENALTY CONFIRMED! Katalin Kulcsar goes to the monitor, reviews the contact in the box, and it will indeed be a penalty for the United States!
71' PENALTY CALLED! Lavelle goes down in the box after Torrecilla was caught with her leg out! It looked like light contact, but the referee pointed to the spot nonetheless! Play has stopped for a VAR check.
68' Rapinoe races down the left flank, is found with the ball, but then sees the flag go up for offside. She made her run just a touch too early.
65' A long, diagonal ball is played forward to Lucia Garcia on the right and she hits the ball on the half-volley, but her chance was always rising and never troubled Naeher.
63' CHANCE! Torrecilla dribbled toward the byline in the penalty area and played a ball that was half-shot, half-pass toward the back post where it neither snuck into the net nor found a team-mate! Naeher looks relieved to see that one go wide!
62' The United States are struggling to handle the high-line of Spain, often hesitating on, or missing, the early runs of players.
60' CHANCE! After a pass in from Dunn, Lavelle struck the ball well from the edge of the box and it fizzed just over the crossbar, and the outstretched hands of Panos!
58' As we start to inch ever closer to the hour mark, you'd expect to start seeing changes from both sides.
55' Paredes makes a strong challenge and clearance on the edge of the penalty area as O'Hara was charging. No foul this time though, that was a good tackle.
54' In what is quickly becoming a trend, Morgan is fouled by Lucia Garcia and the US will have another free-kick.
52' Now Leon takes her turn fouling Morgan, and the United States will have a free-kick from just outside the penalty area.
52' Both Heath and Morgan look fine to continue as play restarts.
51' Heath is back up on her feet, but now Morgan is down after another collision with Paredes.
50' Heath is down on the pitch after she and Torrecilla both tried to recover a loose ball with matching sliding efforts.
48' Leon makes a great sliding effort to cut out a through-ball that initially looked to have played Heath in on goal.
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides approach things coming out of the half. The United States will feel they have been the better team but, with things level, may look to bolster the attack sooner rather than later. Morgan has not exactly covered herself in glory in the early stages and a swap for Lloyd seems likely at some point in the second half. As for Spain, they've already been forced into a change so they may try to wait on the second two until a bit later in the match. If they are to commit to attacking on the counter though, the addition of some more pace would probably benefit them.
The United States have been the protagonists for most of the match, but fail to take a lead into the half for the first time at this tournament. They scored early from a Rapinoe penalty (7') only to then concede just 169 seconds later after some sloppy play at the back. Garcia was the player to capitalise on the error, picking up her third goal of the competition in the ninth minute. The rest of the half mostly favoured the US as they created plenty of half-chances, but were unable to convert any of them. Spain, on the other hand, have had to adjust to the fact that they have not had the ball much. Despite being mostly known as a possession based team, the Spaniards have proven to be a genuine threat on the counter as multiple long-balls forward to Garcia could have easily been goals had they connected. With just 45 minutes left in this match, who will find the winner?
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: Spain 1-1 United States
45' + 2' Nothing comes of the free-kick as Rapinoe’s ball had too much height on it and missed the heads of both Morgan and Lavelle who were in the area.
45' + 1' Paredes fouls Morgan again, and the United States will have a dangerous free-kick as the half winds down.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
44' It seems as though Torrecilla will be able to continue after that brief stoppage.
43' Torrecilla is down on the ground after a heavy stretch to deflect a cross behind for a corner. The medical staff jog out onto the pitch.
40' 81.6 per cent of this match has been played in the midfield or Spain's third thus far.
38' After Nahikari Garcia had played her way into the box, she passed over to an in-stride Hermoso but Dahlkemper timed her sliding interception perfectly both clearing the ball and avoiding a potential penalty.
M. Rapinoe
Yellow Card
United States
37' Rapinoe picks up a yellow card after making incidental contact with the face of Corredera.
35' Rapinoe and Mewis play a one-two on the edge of the box which creates a chance from the edge of the box for the latter... who skews the shot wide left of goal.
33' Morgan is dragged back by Paredes and the latter is called for the foul. Free-kick to the United States.
Nahikari García
Vicky Losada
32' An early forced change for Spain as Losada, who never really managed to shake her earlier injury, is replaced by Nahikari Garcia.
30' Spain on the front foot at the moment as a cross is sent in the direction of Putellas in the penalty area, but Naeher came off her line quickly and plucked the ball out of the air.
29' A lofted ball is played forward to Garcia who had beaten the defence, only to see Naeher get there first and head it away from danger.
27' The United States defence has looked shaky thus far, especially when passing back and forth with Naeher. This time the goalkeeper tries to pass the ball out but has her attempt blocked by Garcia in the box and is lucky that it didn't create another chance for Spain.
25' CHANCE! O'Hara cuts the ball back to the penalty spot where Ertz ran onto it and blazed her effort over the crossbar! She should be doing better from there.
24' The United States have leapt out to an early lead in possession having held the ball for 66.2 per cent of this match thus far.
21' Mewis attempts to find Morgan for the second time in as many minutes and, this time, the diagonal pass was hit just a touch too heavy, bounces away from the striker, and goes behind for a goal-kick.
19' Mewis played a perfect, teasing cross just in front of goal but Morgan couldn't get to it in time and the ball rolls out of play on the other side of the pitch. Throw to Spain.
17' CHANCE! The United States threaten again as Heath, after some skills in the box, played the ball into Rapinoe who had her first-time shot blocked by Leon on the goal-line!
15' Spain's goal was the first scored against the United States in 648 minutes of play across all competitions!
13' CHANCE! Lavele plays a brilliant, defence-splitting ball to Rapinoe down the left and the latter takes aim a the near-post, but is denied by a diving effort from Panos!
13' Play starts back up and it looks as though Losada will be able to continue.
11' There's a delay in play as Vicky Losada is down on the pitch after being fouled by Mewis.
Lucía García
9' Lucia Garcia, pushed up on the press, stole the ball off the United States defence and then played the ball over to Hermoso in space who finished the chance well!
Jenni Hermoso
9' GOAAALLL!!! Spain respond quickly and bring things back level! After some sloppy play from the US at the back, Garcia clipped the ball away from a defender and played the ball over to Hermoso who finished with a looping effort over a charging Naeher! Horrible defending there and the Spaniards capitalise! Spain 1-0 United States
9' With Rapinoe's penalty goal, the United States have now scored four goals in the opening fifteen minutes at this tournament. No one else has more than three.
M. Rapinoe
Penalty Goal
United States
7' GOOOAAALLL!!! The United States take the lead! After Heath won the penalty, Rapinoe stepped up from the spot and finished her right-footed effort cleanly into the bottom-left corner! The 'keeper dove the wrong way and had no chance on that one! Spain 0-1 United States
5' PENALTY CALLED! Heath dribbled down the right channel and, after cutting inside in the penalty area, was tripped up by Leon and the referee points to the spot!
5' Morgan has gone to ground off the ball two times now and has a word with the referee after the second.
3' The United States are slowing things down a bit now as the defenders pass the ball amongst themselves.
1' Spain get forward within the first minute as Hermoso loses O'Hara down the left wing. The former whips in a cross but there are no team-mates in the box and the US eventually clear.
1' Referee Katalin Kulcsar blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The teams are out on the pitch as the national anthems sound around the Stade Auguste-Delaune. Not long to go until kick-off now!
Just one change for the United States following their 2-0 win against Sweden as Horan is replaced by Ertz in midfield. The latter had been struggling with injury but has clearly shown enough to come into the starting side for this match. The attention today will surely fall upon Alex Morgan though, who leads this tournament in both goals (five) and assists (three) thus far. If she fails to make enough of an impact today though, coach Jill Ellis can always turn to Carli Lloyd from the bench who is now four goals shy of Abby Wambach’s 14 - the most Women’s World Cup goals by an American in history.
Two changes for Spain after their 0-0 draw with China to round out the group stage. Losada and Putellas both come into the starting line-up while Mariona and Garcia both drop out. The latter two have been bright for Spain throughout this tournament but, having failed to deliver a final product, both are removed. As a result, Hermoso will lead the line by herself for the first time since their 3-1 win against South Africa. Can she find the net against the vaunted defence of the United States today?
United States substitutes: Ashlyn Harris, Mallory Pugh, Tierna Davidson, Ali Krieger, Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, Morgan Brian, Adrianna Franch, Jessica McDonald, Emily Sonnett.
United States (4-3-3): Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn; Rose Lavelle, Julie Ertz, Samantha Mewis; Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe.
Spain substitutes: Celia Jimenez, Mariasun Quinones, Andrea Falcon, Silvia Meseguer, Marta Torrejon, Mariona, Andrea Pereira, Ivana, Lola Gallardo, Aitana Bonmati, Nahikari Garcia, Amanda Sampedro.
Spain (4-3-3): Sandra Panos; Marta Corredera, Irene Paredes, Mapi Leon, Leila; Vicky Losada, Virginia Torrecilla, Patri Guijarro; Alexia Putellas, Jenni Hermoso, Lucia Garcia.
Now, let’s take a look at the team news!
This is Spain’s first appearance in the knockout stages and, while this is a feat to be applauded, it is also slightly ominous as seven of the previous eight teams to advance past the group stage for the first time lost the following match.
The United States definitely come into this match as favourites considering they have just broken the record for most goals in any World Cup group stage ever (18) while also conceding in just one of their last nine matches in this competition.
These two sides have never faced each other at the Women’s World Cup, but the United States did defeat Spain 1-0 in a friendly in January.
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