The talk of France ...

France's 2-1 overtime win over Brazil Sunday in the Women's World Cup's round of 16 didn't lack for drama: more VAR controversy (a seemingly valid French goal called off), a game-saving defensive play by Griedge Mbock and spectacular winning goal by captain Amandine Henry. What the game in Le Havre lacked, though, was good soccer from Les Bleues, raising doubts about their chances for the rest of the tournament. The match drew almost 11 million viewers on TF1 -- its largest audience for any programming in 2019 -- and set up the possibility of a France-USA showdown on Friday. But the hosts were so poor, especially over the first 80 minutes, that L'Equipe, the influential sports daily, said they will have just about no chance if they face the USA and haven't improved a centimeter since the start of the tournament.
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