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American players celebrate after winning against host country France in last quarter's women's quarter-final match. They will meet the lionesses of England in Lyon on Tuesday

The performance of the American football team last night means that it appears to be a serious pan-Atlantic battle in the final of the Women's World Cup.

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The team will face Lyon in the semi-final against England on Tuesday after their 2-1 win over host country, France, in Le Harve that was pushed through by captain and critically acclaimed contest winner Megan Rapinoe after both scored their goals.

They are giants in women's football, have won the world cup three times, while the English team still have to reach a semi-final.

But Rapinoe said the American team is faced with a & # 39; huge task & # 39; for next week's game, while Alex Scott, former England's right-hand man, said that England should raise their level again & # 39; to secure a place in the final.

When the two teams last met in the SheBelieves Cup in March of this year, they scored 2 – 2 after goals from the American captain Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, and the Lionesses Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris.

American players celebrate after winning against host country France in last quarter's women's quarter-final match. They will meet the lionesses of England in Lyon on Tuesday

American players celebrate after winning against host country France in last quarter's women's quarter-final match. They will meet the lionesses of England in Lyon on Tuesday

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Lucy Bronze from England welcomes teammates after scoring the third goal of her team's match against Norway at Le Harve on Thursday. After winning this competition, the team also proceeded to the semi-final

Lucy Bronze from England welcomes teammates after scoring the third goal of her team's match against Norway at Le Harve on Thursday. After winning this competition, the team also proceeded to the semi-final

Lucy Bronze from England welcomes teammates after scoring the third goal of her team's match against Norway at Le Harve on Thursday. After winning this competition, the team also proceeded to the semi-final

Team captain Megan Rapinoe helped the US national football team jump out to an early 1-0 lead in Friday's quarter-final matchup in the World Cup with France

Team captain Megan Rapinoe helped the US national football team jump out to an early 1-0 lead in Friday's quarter-final matchup in the World Cup with France

Team captain Megan Rapinoe helped the US national football team jump out to an early 1-0 lead in Friday's quarter-final matchup in the World Cup with France

Rapinoe, who is out to scare her opponents further after both goals against France yesterday, one in the first five minutes, and scored for their team's 2-1 win over Spain on Monday, said her team for a & # 39; huge task & # 39; state.

& # 39; We are facing a very good English side, which has some good players & # 39 ;, said the winner's reports BBC Sport.

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& # 39; They are one of the big girls of the game.

& # 39; They walked through their quarterfinals and had an extra day, so they have some rest in their legs.

& # 39; We will like this tonight. All eyes to England tomorrow. & # 39;

Former England, right back Alex Scott, who watched the Parc des Princes duel between the US and France, said that England is very enthusiastic about & # 39; the number one side & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It will be another spectacle for the ladies game. England is getting better and better, but they will have to raise it again, & she said.

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& # 39; It's the pace of the US I'm so impressed. England will have to raise its level. Every US player out there is an athlete. & # 39;

French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (C) has admitted the opening goal during the French 2019 World Cup quarter-final football match between France and the US

French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (C) has admitted the opening goal during the French 2019 World Cup quarter-final football match between France and the US

French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (C) has admitted the opening goal during the French 2019 World Cup quarter-final football match between France and the US

Rapinoe (right), who knelt earlier during the national anthem, again refused to put her hand on her heart or & # 39; The Star-Spangled Banner & # 39; to sing before the Friday match. Several other members of the team and coaching staff have also refrained from singing or placing their hands. Rapinoe's anthemetiquette has been a source of controversy

Rapinoe (right), who knelt earlier during the national anthem, again refused to put her hand on her heart or & # 39; The Star-Spangled Banner & # 39; to sing before the Friday match. Several other members of the team and coaching staff have also refrained from singing or placing their hands. Rapinoe's anthemetiquette has been a source of controversy

Rapinoe (right), who knelt earlier during the national anthem, again refused to put her hand on her heart or & # 39; The Star-Spangled Banner & # 39; to sing before the Friday match. Several other members of the team and coaching staff have also refrained from singing or placing their hands. Rapinoe's anthemetiquette has been a source of controversy

Rapinoe celebrates with her family after Friday's 2-1 win over France in Paris
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Rapinoe celebrates with her family after Friday's 2-1 win over France in Paris

Rapinoe celebrates with her family after Friday's 2-1 win over France in Paris

While the American team could rely on their secret weapon Rapinoe, who also had a fight with President Donald Trump after saying that she would refuse an invitation to the White House if her team won the competition, the Lionesses could focus on different protagonists to secure a place in the final.

This includes Ellen White, who scored as many goals as Rapinoe during the World Cup.

The bookmakers predict that the US is more likely to win the semi-final, with 9/10 odds, while England has 19/4 odds.

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England rushed to the penultimate game after beating Norway 3-0 at Le Harve on Thursday, following goals from Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze.

David Beckham and daughter Harper showed up to watch the game and then even stopped for photos with the team.

Their manager Phil Neville, who is also friends with Beckham, said the team wanted a legacy & # 39; inspire and build up & # 39 ;.

& # 39; We had a camp last year and we set out the goals for the next 12 months, and all I wanted them to say was & # 39; win the World Cup & # 39 ;.

& # 39; But they thought bigger than winning a World Cup, which made me knock out & # 39 ;.

Grace Geyoro comforts teammate Eve Perisset of France after the defeat of their team

Grace Geyoro comforts teammate Eve Perisset of France after the defeat of their team

Grace Geyoro comforts teammate Eve Perisset of France after the defeat of their team

France's attacker, Eugenie Le Sommer, walks off the field after the narrow, 2-1 loss to the US.

France's attacker, Eugenie Le Sommer, walks off the field after the narrow, 2-1 loss to the US.

France's attacker, Eugenie Le Sommer, walks off the field after the narrow, 2-1 loss to the US.

After the American team, victory presenter Oprah Winfrey led celebrations with a twitter video in which she kicked a football and wore a ladies' shirt while she screamed & # 39; Go USA! & # 39;

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Their captain Rapinoe also posted a video in which she said she couldn't wait & # 39; to go back to her & # 39; old pounding grounds & # 39 ;.

Speaking of the atmosphere of last night, Christian Press said it & # 39; incredible & # 39; used to be.

Coach Jill Ellis said it was & # 39; the most intense game I ever participated in & # 39 ;.

& # 39; In terms of what that game represented, I think it was just as beautiful tonight as I saw & # 39 ;, she said.

Yesterday, Manchester City footballer Demi Stokes gave advice to the English team to help them win. They said they should look up & # 39; & # 39; to player Ellen White.

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& # 39; She works so hard and she is probably one of the most industrious players we have & she said.

& # 39; From food to recovery to training as you call it. That's just Ellen.

& # 39; So it's no surprise to me that she scores all these goals and performs so well. & # 39;

Rapinoe has five goals for the tournament and links her to Morgan, Ellen White from England and Sam Kerr from Australia. (All five Morgan & # 39; s goals came in a record performance in the Group F opener against Thailand)

Rapinoe has five goals for the tournament and links her to Morgan, Ellen White from England and Sam Kerr from Australia. (All five Morgan & # 39; s goals came in a record performance in the Group F opener against Thailand)

Rapinoe has five goals for the tournament and links her to Morgan, Ellen White from England and Sam Kerr from Australia. (All five Morgan & # 39; s goals came in a record performance in the Group F opener against Thailand)

Rapinoe, who scored both of America's goals in the team's previous win over Spain, placed the US 2-0 on a secondary break in the 65th minute after he got a perfect cross from teammate Tobin Heath and easily scored
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Rapinoe, who scored both of America's goals in the team's previous win over Spain, placed the US 2-0 on a secondary break in the 65th minute after he got a perfect cross from teammate Tobin Heath and easily scored

Rapinoe, who scored both of America's goals in the team's previous win over Spain, placed the US 2-0 on a secondary break in the 65th minute after he got a perfect cross from teammate Tobin Heath and easily scored

The American captain Rapinoe said that her team, which won three times the Women & # 39; s World Cup, & # 39; unreal & # 39; is.

& # 39; That was quadrupled with the amount of grit, & # 39; she said about last night's efforts.

& # 39; You must report it to the French team. I think they certainly surpassed us today with the ball, but today we were so good defensive, so strong. We hit them where it hurts. We have taken our chances. Unparalleled amount of heart. & # 39;

& # 39; That's what it's all about, & # 39; she added.

& # 39; We continue to the semi-final, to the medal rounds. We will certainly enjoy this. This is so special to beat the host country in the Parc des Princes. You cannot ask for more than this. & # 39;

American coach Jill Ellis described Rapinoe as & # 39; fantastic & # 39; after the match.

& # 39; She has lived this moment, & # 39; said Ellis. & # 39; She has been here. Only the excellent game that she brings to this team and the leadership is fantastic. & # 39;

France was fighting to become the first nation to retain the men's and women's world cup trophies at the same time, but the advantage of the home field and the waving crowd that La Marseillaise brought out did not cast doubt on the team of Americans that had once gained confidence .

& # 39; It fully met expectations, I'm glad to say & # 39 ;, said American star Alex Morgan.

Rapinoe has five goals for the tournament and links her to Morgan, Ellen White from England and Sam Kerr from Australia. (All five Morgan & # 39; s goals came in a record performance in the Group F opener against Thailand)

She may not go to the White House, but a Wikipedia editor thinks Megan Rapinoe should be president after her two-goal effort

She may not go to the White House, but a Wikipedia editor thinks Megan Rapinoe should be president after her two-goal effort

She may not go to the White House, but a Wikipedia editor thinks Megan Rapinoe should be president after her two-goal effort

Heath almost scored in the 75th minute on Friday, but the US was sidelined over the so-called goal.

Swiss Wendie Renard scored a free kick header after 81 minutes and managed to halve America's lead in two, leading to a tense end to a competitive game in which the US was out of the range of 61 percent to 39.

& # 39; You must report it to the French team. They certainly surpassed us today with the ball, & Rapinoe said.

& # 39; But we were so good defensive, so strong. We hit them where it hurts, we've taken our chances. This team has an unreal amount of heart, & she added.

The French almost scored in the 57th minute, but Eugénie Le Sommer missed from the low corner. Her teammate Kadidiatou Diani got a chance for a break moments later, but American defender Crystal Dunn bent the ball and kept the lead.

The American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher faced France in the second half and fought a series of attempts to Renard's header.

Wendie Renard scored a free kick header in the 81st minute to halve America & # 39; s lead

Wendie Renard scored a free kick header in the 81st minute to halve America & # 39; s lead

Wendie Renard scored a free kick header in the 81st minute to halve America & # 39; s lead

The midfielder of France, Gaetane Thiney, and the American midfielder Samantha Mexis get confused

The midfielder of France, Gaetane Thiney, and the American midfielder Samantha Mexis get confused

The midfielder of France, Gaetane Thiney, and the American midfielder Samantha Mexis get confused

Rapinoe was at the center of the controversy this week after a previously recorded interview was published in which she said she would not visit & # 39; the white white house & # 39; if the US is going to win the world championship.

Her remarks were made just one day after the President refused to sing the national anthem or put her hand on her heart while playing before matches were inappropriate.

On Thursday, the day before the competition, she said she was standing by her comments, except for the coarse language.

& # 39; I support the comments I made about not wanting to go to the White House with the exception of the effort, & # 39; she said. & # 39; My mother will be very upset about that. & # 39;

Rapinoe even suggested that the turmoil could help her team.

& # 39; I think that if there is anything, it will just let everyone ignite a little more, & # 39; she said.

Rapinoe, who is a lesbian, is one of the most outspoken athletes that represents America and has described herself as a & # 39; walking protest & # 39; against Trump's policies.

& # 39; I feel that it is a kind of challenge in itself to just be who I am and wear the sweater, and to represent it, & # 39; Rapinoe said Yahoo Sports in May. & # 39; Because I am just as talented as I am, I have to be here, you can't tell me if I can be here or not. So it's a bit of a good & # 39; F you & # 39; for any form of inequality or bad sentiments that the (Trump) administration might have towards people who do not look exactly like him.

& # 39; Which God helps us if we all look like him. Scary. Very scary. Ahh, disturbing. & # 39;

US Megan Rapinoe celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal at the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup France Quarter Final of 2019 at Parc des Princes

US Megan Rapinoe celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal at the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup France Quarter Final of 2019 at Parc des Princes

US Megan Rapinoe celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal at the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup France Quarter Final of 2019 at Parc des Princes

Megan Rapinoe (L) fights for the ball with French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi

Megan Rapinoe (L) fights for the ball with French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi

Megan Rapinoe (L) fights for the ball with French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi

American and French football fans sing before the quarter-final match-up Friday of the World Cup

American and French football fans sing before the quarter-final match-up Friday of the World Cup

American and French football fans sing before the quarter-final match-up Friday of the World Cup

In a tweet initially focused on the wrong Megan Rapinoe, President Donald Trump responded to the recent American attack by the American national women's football team that she is not going to the white house & # 39; if the team wins the running world cup in France

In a tweet initially focused on the wrong Megan Rapinoe, President Donald Trump responded to the recent American attack by the American national women's football team that she is not going to the white house & # 39; if the team wins the running world cup in France

In a tweet initially focused on the wrong Megan Rapinoe, President Donald Trump responded to the recent American attack by the American national women's football team that she is not going to the white house & # 39; if the team wins the running world cup in France

Although Trump's first tweet has been removed, he has continued along that path, with the honor of improving the economy by expressing his support for the American team. He even wrote that he would invite, win or lose the national team of U. women to the White House, but that Rapinoe & # 39; would WIN first before she SPEAKS! & # 39;

Although Trump's first tweet has been removed, he has continued along that path, with the honor of improving the economy by expressing his support for the American team. He even wrote that he would invite, win or lose the national team of U. women to the White House, but that Rapinoe & # 39; would WIN first before she SPEAKS! & # 39;

Although Trump's first tweet has been removed, he has continued along that path, with the honor of improving the economy by expressing his support for the American team. He even wrote that he would invite, win or lose the national team of U. women to the White House, but that Rapinoe & # 39; would WIN first before she SPEAKS! & # 39;

In the semifinals, England faces one of their most difficult games to date, with chances to win 19/4 compared to the US 9/10 prediction.

Team manager Phil Neville said the lionesses wanted to & # 39; inspire and build an inheritance & # 39 ;.

& # 39; We had a camp last year and we set out the goals for the next 12 months, and all I wanted them to say was & # 39; win the World Cup & # 39 ;.

& # 39; But they thought they won bigger than a World Cup, so I hit my path a bit.

& # 39; We want the lionesses to have a name that people around the world can remember about … badass women. That is our mantra & # 39 ;.

Although it never wins a big trophy, the team now enters its third consecutive semi-final.

They reached the last four in 2015 and the Euro lasted four in 2017 under former boss Marl Sampson.

When England last played against the US, they went 2-2 on their way to winning the title.

Rapinoe was the first national team member of any sport to support the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick – a frequent target of Trump since he started protesting inequality by kneeling during the & # 39; Star Spangled Banner & # 39 ;.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017, but other players have continued to protest before games are in his place.

After Rapinoe began to kneel during the national anthem, the United States Soccer Federation approved a policy that players should leave behind during the national anthem.

Now she is standing, but she has been criticized for not singing or putting her hand on her heart like other players. (On Friday other American national team players and coaches could be seen who did not sing or fail to put their hands on their hearts, but it remains unclear whether they made any political statement)

As the Women & # 39; s World Cup started in France earlier this month, Rapinoe insisted on its decision not to sing the national anthem. Her decision raised criticism on her via social media.

As Rapinoe said to Yahoo Sports, & # 39; she will probably never sing or honor the national anthem again & # 39 ;.

& # 39; I will probably never put my hand over my heart. I will probably never sing the national anthem again. & # 39;

Rapinoe (right) was the first national team member of any sport to support the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick - a frequent target of Trump since he started protesting inequality by kneeling during the & # 39; Star Spangled Banner & # 39 ;. Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017, but other players have continued to protest before games are in his place. After Rapinoe began to kneel during the national anthem, the United States Soccer Federation approved a policy that players should leave behind during the national anthem

Rapinoe (right) was the first national team member of any sport to support the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick - a frequent target of Trump since he started protesting inequality by kneeling during the & # 39; Star Spangled Banner & # 39 ;. Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017, but other players have continued to protest before games are in his place. After Rapinoe began to kneel during the national anthem, the United States Soccer Federation approved a policy that players should leave behind during the national anthem

Rapinoe (right) was the first national team member of any sport to support former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick – a frequent target of Trump since he started protesting inequality by kneeling during the & # 39; Star Spangled Banner & # 39 ;. Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017, but other players have continued to protest before games are in his place. After Rapinoe began to kneel during the national anthem, the United States Soccer Federation approved a policy that players should leave behind during the national anthem

Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan (right) of the US share a laugh on the field prior to the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup quarter-final match against France in 2019

Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan (right) of the US share a laugh on the field prior to the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup quarter-final match against France in 2019

Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan (right) of the US share a laugh on the field prior to the FIFA Women & # 39; s World Cup quarter-final match against France in 2019

American fans seen as posing for Friday's quarter-final match against host country France

American fans seen as posing for Friday's quarter-final match against host country France

American fans seen as posing for Friday's quarter-final match against host country France

Both teams saw the emphasis on water interruptions during the shutdown on Friday, while Paris remains in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave. At the kick-off, the local temperature was around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Midfielder Lindsey Horan was not in the starting line-up on Friday, but was brought in later in the second half.

American fans seen wearing patriotic makeup ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals

American fans seen wearing patriotic makeup ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals

American fans seen wearing patriotic makeup ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals

It was the second consecutive game that Horan did not start, although she arrived as a substitute in the 89th minute of the United States 2-1 victory over Spain.

Trainer Jill Ellis got stuck in the starters she used against Spain and replaced Horan in midfield with Sam Mewis. Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath were at the top, with Mewis, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz in midfield.

Naeher and defender Abby Dahlkemper both made their fifth direct start in France. Becky Sauerbrunn was central to the third consecutive game next to Dahlkemper, with Kelley O & # 39; Hara on the right and Crystal Dunn on the left.

After having previously won three World Cups, the Americans were the favorites to participate in the tournament and they all watched it. After their record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand in the Group F opener – when they were widely criticized for exuberantly celebrating each of their goals – the American women continued to beat Chile and Sweden with a combined 5-0.

Two Rapinoe penalties contributed to the US victory ahead of starting Spain in the round of 16 on Monday.

Jessica McDonald from the US with her son prior to Friday's quarter-final match against France

Jessica McDonald from the US with her son prior to Friday's quarter-final match against France

Jessica McDonald from the US with her son prior to Friday's quarter-final match against France

Before the race captain Megan Rapinoe came into contact with fans of the Parc des Princes, some wore hats made to look like the country's national bird, the bald eagle.

Before the race captain Megan Rapinoe came into contact with fans of the Parc des Princes, some wore hats made to look like the country's national bird, the bald eagle.

Before the race captain Megan Rapinoe came into contact with fans of the Parc des Princes, some wore hats made to look like the country's national bird, the bald eagle.

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