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The United States booked themselves a semi final tie with England as they defeated hosts France 2-1 in an enthralling quarter final.
Experience told during the opening stages as the USA got off to the perfect start as Megan Rapinoe curled in a low free kick which went through the legs of Amandine Henry and past an unsighted Sarah Bouhaddi on its way into the net.
The USA controlled the remainder of the first half with France not being able to muster a shot on target to lift the crowd of 45,595 at the Parc des Princes.
Midway through the second half, a superb move saw Alex Morgan release Tobin Heath with an inch perfect pass and her low cross was tucked home by the in-form Rapinoe for her second.
Heath fired in a third which was ruled out by a hairline offside decision and France finally found their way back into the match with nine minutes remaining. Shortly after Eugenie Le Sommer had missed a golden chance from close range, Amel Majri's free kick picked out Wendie Renard who planted a header past Alyssa Naeher to reduce the arrears.
French appeals for a penalty when a cross by Majri struck the arm of Kelley O'Hara were turned down and the USA closed the game out to keep up their record of never having failed to at least reach the last four of a World Cup.
In contrast, the Netherlands are in the last four for the first time after overcoming Italy 2-0 in searing heat in Valenciennes.
Italy had made an impressive run to the quarter finals but were never able to fully get going as the Dutch side took over the game after the break. The first half was even as both teams strove to adjust to the conditions but the Netherlands got on top and almost took the lead when a clever chip by Danielle van de Donk came back off the bar.
However five minutes later, the Dutch were in front as Sherida Spitse's free kick was guided in by the head of Vivianne Miedema.
Any hopes of an Italian fightback were ended with ten minutes remaining and from another Spitse free kick, this time picking out Stefanie van der Gragt at the far post where she powered a header past Laura Giuliani.
The Netherlands will be up against Sweden, who came from behind to win 2-1 against Germany in Rennes.
The Germans started the game strongly and were rewarded when Sara Dabritz picked out Lina Magull, who gave Hedvig Lindahl no chance with an acrobatic finish. Sweden reacted well to going behind though and got back on level terms when a ball over the top of the German defence was latched onto by Sofia Jakobsson who calmly finished past Almuth Schult.
After the break, Stine Blackstenius put the Swedes in front for the first time, following up to score after Schult had parried Fridolina Rolfo's header, although the German team argued that there had been a foul in the build up. Their mood was not brightened when a free kick into the area ended with Alexandra Popp being fouled by Lindahl as she tried to punch clear but an offside decision ended any hopes of a penalty, although replays suggested that Popp had been in an onside position.
Germany pressed late on and missed a glorious chance to equalise when Lena Oberdorf headed wide from point blank range, with Swedish celebrations starting moments later.
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