The quarterfinals have been set up for the Women’s World CupÂ which kicks off on Thursday, and Norway will face England, while Italy and Netherlands play against each other. The big one, of course, is France vs United States, with both teams equally capable of being tournament finalists, as in the case of Germany and Sweden.
With France and some parts of Europe experiencing a heatwave with temperatures going up to 36 degrees (in some parts), there were worries in the England camp that the Lionesses may not be able to adapt.
â€œI like it being hot and weâ€™ve planned for it,â€ said coach Phil Neville. â€œIf we keep passing it well, the ball wonâ€™t get tired. Itâ€™s our English mentality to worry about the weather. For two weeks at St Georgeâ€™s Park [Englandâ€™s national training session in Staffordshire] my players essentially lived in a sauna. We wore thermals. The players enjoy hot weather, we feel good in the heat.â€Â
FRANCE VS USA
Meanwhile, tickets to the USA-France quarterfinals on Friday have hit a record high. As of Tuesday morning, the cheapest ticket listed on StubHub was priced around $425 and the most expensive was listed for more than $11,000. Most of the tickets landed in the $1,000 to $3,400 range.
Check out the fan support for Les Bleus here, ahead of their quarter-final against the United States :