Megan Rapinoe did it again. And again.
Team USA’s co-captain scored in the fifth minute to give the U.S. an early lead on France in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, and the team never looked back, defeating the host country, 2-1, Friday at Parc des Princes in Paris.
France scored off of a set piece from Wendie Renard in the game’s 81st minute.
USA’s Tobin Heath also landed a ball in the net 75 minutes into the game. USA’s Crystal Dunn, who crossed to Heath for her goal, was deemed offside, and the goal was declared invalid.
Rapinoe has scored five goals in the tournament after netting both goals in USA’s 2-1 win over Spain in the Round of 16 on Monday and scoring one of its 13 goals in the opener against Thailand.
The U.S. will face England in the semifinals Tuesday at Stade de Lyon in Lyon.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial.
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia through her counsel, Chief Robert Clarke, had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear her trial on the grounds that she is still a judge of the Federal High Court and as such could not be tried in line with the precedent set in the case of Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa.
At Friday proceedings, Justice Aikawa ruled that justice Ajumogobia was no longer a judicial officer because she had been dismissed by the President on the recommendation of the NJC, therefore she can be tried for any criminal offence accused of.
The judge held that in the letter presented by the EFCC, the President had already dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia on November 6, 2018, and therefore she was no longer a judicial officer.
Justice Aikawa subsequently adjourned till October 24, 25 for trial.
The EFCC had re-arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla on 18 counts, to which they pleaded not guilty before Justice Aikawa.