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Stalwarts Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored 14 minutes apart in the first half to lead the U.S. women’s national team to a 2-0 victory against France in Le Havre, France, on Tuesday.

Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick in the fifth minute and has goals in four straight games. Morgan doubled the count in the 19th with her 109th goal for the world’s top-ranked team.

A foul by defender Aïssatou Tounkara on Morgan allowed Rapinoe the opportunity to score her 59th international goal.

It was Rapinoe’s 87th-minute PK that salvaged a 1-1 tie against Sweden on Saturday to extend the American’s unbeaten streak to 39, although a 16-game winning streak ended.

Morgan made it 2-0 by slowing her run to stay onside when Christen Press split the defense with a pass into the right side of the penalty area at Stade Océane, the site of the Americans’ last defeat, 3-1 on Jan. 19, 2019.

Since then, the U.S. has reeled off a 35-0-4 record, including the last meeting between the Americans and French in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The USWNT defeated the hosts 2-1 in Paris on June 28, 2019, with Rapinoe also converting a penalty in the fifth minute en route to a second consecutive World Cup title.

France was unbeaten since that match (14-0-2) but the No. 3 French were not at full strength Tuesday because four players from the World Cup squad did not play because of COVID-19 protocols.

Despite the early deficit, France had two quality chances before the break provided by Marie-Antoinette Katoto. Her header off a restart forced goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to make a lunging save at the left post in the 22nd minute, and Katoto’s flick in the 44th went over the crossbar.

— Field Level Media

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