Megan Rapinoe scored two goals for the second game in a row to lead the United States to a 2-1 defeat of France in a Women's World Cup quarterfinal at Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday.
Rapinoe scored in the 5th and 65th minutes for a 2-0 lead and the defending champions held on to advance to a semifinal Tuesday versus England at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France. A win would put the Americans in position to become a four-time champion.
Wendie Renard pulled France to within a goal in the 81st minute with a header from a free kick by Gaëtane Thiney but the hosts were unable to get another shot on goal.
"It was so special to beat the host nation in the Parc des Princes," Rapinoe told FOX in a postgame interview. "You can't ask for anything more than this."
The matchup of the top-ranked Americans and No. 4 France was befitting a semifinal and delivered in drama and intensity despite temperatures in the 90s in front of the sellout crowd of 45,595.
France might have been nervous on the big stage that is so comfortable for the U.S. and the Americans took advantage with aggressiveness from the outset.
The result was a shot on goal by Julie Ertz in the first minute and a caution to France's Griedge Mbock Bathy on Alex Morgan's run three minutes later to set up the Rapinoe restart.
Rapinoe was 3 yards outside the upper left corner of the penalty area when her shot skipped untouched through traffic and past the left knee of French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Her 48th career score put France behind for the first time in the tournament.
U.S. transitioned for the insurance goal, the fifth of the World Cup for Rapinoe.
Crystal Dunn passed to Tobin Heath, who found space down the right flank. Her cutback pass to the center of the box was slotted by Rapinoe.
The USWNT's 10th straight World Cup win tied the record held by Norway (1995 and 1999). The U.S. is also unbeaten in 15 World Cup matches (12 wins, three draws).