It was billed as ‘Le Grand Match’ and, in all respects, France vs USA justified the pre-match hype.
From the ferocious pace of the game through the awesome atmosphere to the dazzling quality produced by both sides, everything about it was big. It was fitting, therefore, that Megan Rapinoe – a big-game player if ever there was one – should be the USA star to grab the headlines.
France contributed hugely to making this match the spectacle it was, and Wendie Renard’s late header brought an almighty roar – and prompted a thrilling finish. But it will be Rapinoe’s face splashed across the front and back pages tomorrow, with her match-winning double having set up another potential thriller against England on Tuesday.