Megan Rapinoe was able to turn the devastation into a victory for the US Women’s soccer team on Friday night as she scored twice in the team’s crucial clash against France to win over the defending champions by 2-1 to make it into the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.
Two days prior to this victory, Rapinoe was called out by the US president Donald Trump on social media after the video of her surfaced where she could be heard saying that she would not visit the White House if the team won the world cup.
Critics pounced at her for her comments but she shrugged all of that pettiness aside and stood in front of the crowd with her performance of two goals to lead team’s win.
Rapinoe said, “I don’t get energized by any hater. I feel that there are some many people who love me and I tend to get energized by that.”
With this win, Americans who are currently ranked top in the world up are now going to face the 3rd ranked England in the semi-finals match that will be held in Lyon on Tuesday.
France was hoping to become the first ever country to have both trophies for the Men’s and Women’s world cup but despite having the home court advantage and the cheering o the home crowd, they still came short against the US team brimming with confidence.
The first goal by Rapinoe was scored in the 5th minute of the game on a shot that had bounced in between the French players and moved into the goalpost by passing beside the French goalkeeper. The next of her goal came in the 65th minute of the game after she was delivered a cross from Tobin Heath that French goalkeeper tired to stop but could not. With this goal, Rapinoe had made her 5th goal of the world cup.
As for the only goal of France it was made by Wendie Renard who made it via a header in the 81st minute of the goal.
The United States is now well headed in contention for the World Cup trophy having won 3 already which is by far the most by any other nation. Their last win was when they won over Japan by 5-2 four years ago.