The national football team of the United States started with the start of the quarterfinals in the World Cup match with tournament host France in the hot Paris, where a recent heat wave raised the temperatures in the 1990s.
Several European countries have reported record temperatures this week and France has reached its heat station on Friday: 113 degrees Fahrenheit in the small southern town of Villevieille, according to French media.
The French national weather service triggered its highest alarm for heat varieties for the first time, placing four regions around Marseille and Montpellier in the south of the country under special watch Friday.
Paris, in the north of the country, was relatively cooler. Prior to the kick-off, the temperature was 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prior to the game, Captain Megan Rapinoe was faced with fans of the Parc des Princes, some of whom made hats that looked 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.
Rapinoe was at the center of the controversy this week, after a previously recorded interview showed up in which Rapinoe said she would & # 39; not visit the white house & # 39; if the US is going to win the world championship. That got the attention of President Donald Trump, who called her on social media. 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. My mother will be very upset about that & # 39;
The experienced midfielder was at the center of the controversy this week after an earlier recorded interview in which Rapinoe said she would & # 39; not visit the white house & # 39; if the US is going to win the world championship.
That got the attention of President Donald Trump, who called her on social media.
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;
She 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.
With a win on Friday, the US would drive to England in the semi-final on Tuesday.
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
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 the exuberant celebration of every goal – the American women continued to beat Chile and Sweden with a combined 5-0.
Two penalties from Captain Megan Rapinoe contributed to the US victory over the start of Spain in the round of 16.
Les Bleues (the French team's nickname), number 4 in the world, finished at the top of his group before overcoming a determined challenge from Brazil on Sunday evening to reach the quarterfinals.
France also reached the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, but fell after a 1-1 draw to Germany on penalty & # 39; s. The team's best finish at the tournament was fourth in 2011 after losing 2-1 in the third place match against Sweden. France lost 3-1 in the semifinals to the Americans.
Jessica McDonald from the US with her son prior to Friday's quarter-final match against France
American fans seen wearing patriotic makeup prior to the quarter-cup matchup of the World Cup
Although the United States enjoyed favorable public support during the tournament, Friday's game against the host country, France, is likely to be a completely different situation
But France has seen its profile rise considerably in recent years, coinciding with the growth of its national professional league. Seven players on the French roster play for Lyon, which beat Barcelona 4-1 and won the Women's Champions League for the fourth consecutive year and the sixth time overall.
& # 39; From where we were four years ago and where France was four years ago, I think we both have much stronger teams. I think the game of women has grown enormously overall, & # 39; said the American star Megan Rapinoe. & # 39; I think it is up to each team to be the team that grows as fast as the game, keep up with it and even be the one driving the game forward. & # 39;
France is trying to become the first nation to hold world cup trophies for men and women at the same time. The men won in Russia last year.
The American women have played the French 23 times, with France only three. But the last three games have turned towards France, with two wins and a draw. The last meeting was friendly in January, when Kadidiatou Diani – who was not named after the French World Cup selection – scored twice in a 3-1 win.
& # 39; It is impossible to have any pressure. On the contrary. It is extra motivation for us. We stand up against the best team in the world. So the only pressure we have is to deliver a good performance, & Diacre said.
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