Live updates: USWNT vs. France in Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

The USWNT marches on at the Women's World Cup and is ready for Friday's quarterfinal matchup against France, the event's host. It's an epic soccer clash to highlight an epic World Cup.

After Megan Rapinoe tallied two penalty kicks in a slim 2-1 win over Spain in the Round of 16, Team USA will need its best effort against what could be its stiffest competition at the World Cup thus far in France. 

France beat the USWNT 3-1 in a friendly match earlier this year. But Team USA wasn't necessarily at full strength — or speed — for that matchup. 

USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour is on the scene and will provide updates and analysis. 

United States forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty kick goal against Spain during their Round of 16 match at the Women's World Cup. (Photo: Michael Chow, USA TODAY Sports)

The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET. 

5th MINUTE: Goal by, who else, Megan Rapinoe. What, you thought the brouhaha the last two days was going to rattle her? 

US got free kick after Griedge Mbock Bathy was given a yellow for yanking on Alex Morgan. Pinoe basically skipped it into the net, the ball going through Amandine Henry's legs and there were too many bodies in front of Sarah Bouhaddi for her to even have a chance. 

TWO MINUTES TO KICKOFF: Don't ask me who wins this, I honestly don't know. I can make arguments for both teams. All I know is that seeing this — sold-out stadium, fans just out of their minds — for a women's soccer game is amazing. And it's not even the final. 

30 MINUTES TO KICKOFF: It is already LOUD here at Parc des Princes. Chants of "Allez Les Bleues!" echoing throughout the stadium, but U.S. fans making themselves heard. Split was supposed to be about 30,000 French fans to 10,000 US fans. But not sure. Look to be more Americans than that and the American Outlaws, the main U.S. supporter group, filled the streets around the stadium. 

Couple of things to watch: 

Lindsey Horan is NOT starting, which is … interesting. Horan played in France for a little over three years, right here in Paris, in fact, and no one knows the French team better. 

It was hot here today — temperatures in the 90s — but there's a breeze and no humidity. Temperatures have been dropping around 8 or 9 p.m. the last few days and, when they do, it's actually quite pleasant. 

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