Rapinoe double takes US past France into semi-finals

 Football - Women's World Cup 2019 - Quarter Final - United States players celebrate after the match against France
Football - Women's World Cup 2019 - Quarter Final - United States players celebrate after the match against France Copyright REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Megan Rapinoe struck twice as the United States beat hosts France 2-1 in the women's World Cup quarter-finals at the Parc des Princes on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with England.

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Megan Rapinoe struck twice as the United States beat hosts France 2-1 in the women's World Cup quarter-finals at the Parc des Princes on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with England.

Rapinoe, who was involved in a spat with US President Donald Trump during the build-up to the game, opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a low-struck free-kick from the left that went in untouched through a crowd of players.

After the break, the US survived some intense French pressure but then the 33-year-old Rapinoe added their second goal in the 65th minute with a calm finish after a low cross from the right by Tobin Heath.

France got back in the game with a Wendie Renard header in the 81st and with a 45,00 crowd roaring the hosts forward they piled the pressure on, but the U.S held firm to maintain their record of never missing out on the semi-finals of a World Cup.

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