PARIS — There was never a question, going into this World Cup, that France is a good team.
Instead, the question that loomed over Les Bleues was whether a team that has often cracked under pressure could live up to the sky-high expectations surrounding a home tournament — and the answer, at least for the time being, seems to be a resounding yes. Far from sweating under the spotlight of the biggest stage they’ve ever played on, France seized the moment on Friday and thrived on the energy of the sold-out Parc des Princes.
“When we heard the stadium singing, that fired us up,” midfielder Elise Bussaglia said. “Then, we just played our game the way we had planned… We took advantage of the occasion, and it was a really good night for us.”
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