The U.S. women’s national soccer team defeated France 2-1 in the World Cup quarterfinals in Paris on Friday, eliminating the host nation and the team seen as the Americans’ most challenging opponent.
Friday’s matchup between the U.S. and France was among the most anticipated of the season, as both teams had good odds of winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year.
France quickly rose in the ranks this year and had not previously lost an international match since February, according to The Washington Post. The team was ranked fourth in the world.
The U.S. women’s national team ranks No. 1 internationally and is now headed to the semifinals, bringing the team one round closer to its fourth World Cup title.
National team co-captain Megan Rapinoe made waves this week after she responded colorfully when asked if she would go to the White House if the U.S. women won the World Cup.
The U.S. women’s team won its last FIFA World Cup title in 2015, beating Japan 5-2. That same game also made history as one of the most-watched soccer matches in U.S. history at the time, for both women and men.