The United States and France face each other in a quarterfinal matchup in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Friday. Ranked No. 4 in the world, France will be the toughest opponent the U.S. team has faced in this tournament. Their match Friday is scheduled for a 9 p.m. kickoff in France, which is 3 p.m. ET.
It’s win or go home today. The winner will advance to the semi-final round to play England on July 2. The loser is out of the tournament.
USA vs. France: First half highlights
Halftime score: United States: 1 – 0 France
45th minute: Two additional minutes were added for stoppage time, but The United States goes into the locker room at halftime up by a lone goal. This matchup was always expected to be a hard-faught game of back-and-forth possession and it is living up to its billing.
Through the first half, the United States – who usually dominate posession – have only sen 41% of possesion so far. But they’ve made the most of that posession, scoring one goal on six shots with five on target. France has taken six shots, but none have been on target.
The United States has scored in the opening 12 minutes of each match they’ve played in France. With this fifth minute goal, the U.S. have now notched three of the six fastest goals in a world cup at the 2019 tournament.
29th minute: Hydration break. Both teams take a water break in the heat, while U.S. forward Alex Morgan is attended to on the field. She went down after a 50-50 header. After some checking by the trainers, she walked off the field on her own and entered back in a few moments later in the next break in play while her teammates played with only 10 on the field.
19th minute: A foul is called on France’s Amandine Henry as she tackles Megan Rapinoe hard on the end line. No card was issues, but Henry was given a stern talking to by the referee. Rapinoe got p on her own power and seconds later made a long run down the left sideline and took a solid shot on goal that was saved.
16th minute: Both teams are battling back and forth. France have gotten four solid shots, but neither made it to the U.S. keeper. The United States have counter attacked well, both teams battling with the action literally end to end.
5th minute: GOAL – United States (1-0)
U.S. forward Alex Morgan was taken down running toward goal. France defender Griedge Mbock Bathy earns a yellow card for the takedown.
On the ensuing free kick, U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe’s free kick sailed right through a sea of bodies, beating the French keeper directly into the goal. 1-0 to the U.S.A.
Game preview: USA vs. France
The U.S. women’s team won Group F by defeating Thailand, Chile and Sweden. They went on to defeat Group B runner-up Spain 2-1 in the Round of 16. The match was arguably the U.S. team’s worst performance of the tournament. Both of the U.S. goals came from penalty kicks, while Spain took scored their only goal off a miscue by U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
It was the only goal the United States has allowed in the tournament so far.Like the U.S., France won all three matches to win Group A. In the Round of 16, France faced the Brazil, who came in third place in Group C. Their performance in that match was shaky and needed two overtime periods to beat Brazil, 2-1.
Brazil’s goal was the first scored against France in the tournament. In their second round match vs. Norway, France defender Wendie Renard mistakenly kicked the ball into her own net while trying to clear it away.
Tale of the Tape: USA vs. France
France and the U.S. have met 23 times, with the U.S. winning 17 of the matches, drawing three and losing three. Their last World Cup meeting was in the 2011 tournament, which was hosted by Germany. The U.S. won that semi-final meeting 3-1. France finished fourth that year and the U.S. came in second.
The most recent meeting between the U.S. and France was a friendly meeting January 19. France won that match 3-1. The lone U.S. goal was scored by Mallory Pugh in the closing moments of the match.
How to watch USA vs. France
Fox has the Women’s World Cup broadcast rights in the U.S. All English language matches will be broadcast on Fox, FS1 and FS2. Telemundo and Universo will be broadcasting the matches in Spanish. All the channels are available online using fuboTV, where you can sign up for a free trial.
- Date: Friday, June, 7, 2019
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- What: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019
- Teams: United States vs. France
- Where: Parc des Princes — Paris, France
- TV channels: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
- Online stream: fuboTV (Try for free)