In a hard-fought match between the USA and France in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USA was able to hold off a late push from France to secure a two to one victory.
From the first whistle, this game was as exciting of a game as I have ever seen. Not even a minute into the match, Julie Ertz recorded a shot on French goalie Sarah Bouhaddi. The US continued to pressure, as Alex Morgan was able to draw French defender, Griedge Mbock Bathy, into a yellow card. Less than two minutes later, Megan Rapinoe took a free kick outside the 18-yard box and recorded her first goal of the match.
France would not let the US take control for long. Eugénie Le Sommer, recorded a great shot on Naeher at the 12:19 mark of the first half. The US marched right down the field as Alex Morgan took a great pass from Rapinoe and got a shot off on Bouhaddi.
Kadidiatou Diani set up an opportunity for France in the 17th minute in which the French got two shots off (one blocked, one out of bounds). Throughout the match, Diani made an impact with her physical play.
As France continued to threaten, U.S. defender, Crystal Dunn, made an excellent defensive play in the 39th minute, sliding to prevent French right back Marion Torrent from creating a great chance. For the remainder of the first half, USA’s defense shut France down. The U.S. went into the half with a 1-0 lead.
In the 61st minute, US midfielder Kelley O’Hara took a ball off the chest, causing her to go to the sidelines for a couple of minutes. She returned shortly after and never left the game again. Three minutes later, Morgan went down injured again, after initially falling to the turf in the 29th minute.
Megan Rapinoe put home her second goal of the day at the 64:37 mark of the second half. After Tobin Heath brought the ball down towards the goal, she sent a pass across the goalmouth and Rapinoe hammered it home. Heath almost added a goal of her own in the 75th minute, but she was offside.
France converted on a free kick, as defender, Wendie Renard, snuck a header past Naeher for France’s first goal of the match, making it two to one, USA.