Megan Rapinoe scores to give U.S. 1-0 lead over France


The US winger scored both goals as her team beat the hosts 2-1 in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals to set up a last-four clash with England.

Megan Rapinoe insisted women's sides can not succeed "without gays on your team" after her match-winning performance for U.S. against France on Friday night.

Rapinoe, who was called out on social media by USA president Donald Trump after video surfaced of her saying she wouldn't visit the White House if the United States won in France, now leads the top-ranked Americans to Lyon to face England on Tuesday in the semi-finals.

Playing in her third World Cup, the 30-year-old forward is vastly experienced and France will be hoping she can help them to the semi-finals.

Winners through this game will face England in the semifinals in Lyon on Tuesday. The irony, of course, was that it was the same Makkelie who had called the penalty kick for a handball in France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final and ordered the retaking of Renard's penalty kick that decided the France-Nigeria game in the group stage. Dunn's capacity to step out of defence, drawing forwards offside, was too much for France.

Television ratings for this year's broadcast have been strong in the United States and overseas, with a record-breaking 1.5 million supporters expected to attend the matches in France, underscoring the growing popularity of the women's game.

But she wasn't done just yet.

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The president accused Rapinoe of disrespect, adding: "I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women's Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!" Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was stellar in the second half, fighting off a flurry of attempts until Renard's header.

The Americans have played the French 24 times, with France winning just three. The U.S. defense held the rest of the way to secure the victory. "I think we have the edge on them in World Cups and major tournaments, but lately they've had the edge on us with friendlies".

Even before referee Kateryna Monzul had blown her whistle to start the match, United States captain Morgan had raised eyebrows by not singing the national anthem.

"Yes, it is a failure on a footballing level", France coach Corinne Diacre said through a translator. We still have work to do a number of things, to work on together, I hope.

A knockout tie between arguably the two best teams in the world was always going to send a favorite packing.

You can stream the game online via Fox Sports Go.

Jill Ellis, who in this match overtook April Heinrichs' record for the most appearances as U.S. head coach, described Rapinoe's performance as "fantastic".