The United States beat the French 2-1 Friday night at the Women's World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe's two goals led the US to eight consecutive WWC semi-finals. Hosts France were eliminated after spirited second half. The U.S. advances to a semi-final v. England on Tuesday July 2, in Lyon.

Friday's game had it all: The defending champions against the upstart hosts. The City of Lights. A sellout crowd. And then the U.S. won the most anticipated match of the World Cup, extending its dominant run. 

The country was in the midst of a heat wave and temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s, although a 9 p.m. local time start brought some relief.

Les Bleues, ranked No. 4 in the world, finished atop its group before overcoming a determined challenge from Brazil on Sunday night to reach the quarterfinals.

France also reached the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada but fell to Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The team's best finish at the tournament was fourth in 2011 after losing 2-1 in the third-place match to Sweden. France had lost 3-1 in the semifinals to the Americans.

France had seen its profile rise considerably in recent years, coinciding with the growth of its domestic professional league. Seven players on France's roster play for Lyon, which routed Barcelona 4-1 to win the women's Champions League for the fourth straight year and sixth time overall.

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