US battles to victory over Spain to reach the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup

( CNN) It wasn’t easy, and at times there was doubt, but the oppose advocate United Regime can look ahead to a mouthwatering quarterfinal spat against host Franceafter a 2-1 win over a resolute Spain.

It was widely believed that the Americans would not be sternly measured until the quarterfinals, at an anticipated clash in Paris on Friday, but Spain was far from the willing opponent countless had expected.
The U’S defense wobbled, an attack regarded as the most potent in the rivalry was suffocated, and for much of the equal, Spain was the U’S equal. So successful was Spain in frustrating the Americans that Jill Ellis’ side had to rely on a late — and much-questioned — penalty to see off a crew emulating in the knockout places of the World Cup for the first time.