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USWNT extend unbeaten streak to 39 games with victory over France


Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored and the US women’s national team beat France 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday. The United States extended its unbeaten streak to 39 games, dating to January 2019 when the Americans lost to France 3-1.

Rapinoe scored a penalty in the fifth minute. She leads the team with seven goals in seven matches this year. Morgan made it 2-0 with her 109th career goal in the 19th minute.

Rapinoe scored twice against the French in a 2-1 quarter-final victory at the 2019 World Cup, and the United States went on to win their second straight title in the tournament. France had not lost a match since then.

France were missing some of their top players, including Wendie Renard, Amandine Henry and Dephine Cascario, because of a coronavirus outbreak at that trio’s club team, Lyon.

The Americans were coming off a 1-1 draw against Sweden on Saturday in Stockholm that snapped a 16-game winning streak. Rapinoe scored from the penalty spot in that game too, saving the Americans from defeat in the 87th minute. The United States, the top-ranked team in the world, are preparing for the Olympics in Tokyo. France beat England 3-1 on Friday. The French, No 3 in the Fifa rankings, did not qualify for the Olympics.



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