(CNN)It’s been quite the week for Megan Rapinoe.

Having been caught up in a war of words with none other than US President Donald Trump, the USWNT forward scored two goals to lead her side to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.Rapinoe’s double saw off host France in what was the most anticipated match of this year’s tournament and US head coach Jill Ellis used her post-match press conference to heap praise on her co-captain.”It’s almost as if it feeds her, she’s a big personality both on and off the pitch and I think she honestly thrives in these moments,” Ellis told reporters.”There’s a never-say-die attitude, she loves and lives for those moments. She’s a big-time player and the bigger the stage the more she’s going to respond and I think she was fantastic tonight.”Read MoreVisit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videosMegan Rapinoe celebrates scoring her team's first goal against France.Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring her team's first goal against France.Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring her team’s first goal against France.Stylish RapinoeThe US made a blistering start on a warm evening in the French capital with Rapinoe taking less than five minutes to score her first goal.A constant thorn in the side of France, the 33-year-old continued to look threatening and was well worth her brace. The passionate celebration which followed her second goal was perhaps a release from a turbulent couple of days. “That was everything you want,” smiled the Player of the Match.”That was such a big performance by our group. The focus defensively, the willingness and the discipline was tremendous. We were ruthless in our chances. It was a game we’ll never forget here in Paris.”READ: The real reason Trump sets Rapinoe offREAD: Rapinoe, the US Soccer star who irked TrumpRapinoe celebrated her second goal in an emotional manner. Rapinoe celebrated her second goal in an emotional manner. Rapinoe celebrated her second goal in an emotional manner. ‘We have won over hearts and minds’However, the defending champion was made to work hard for its win. Cheered on by a raucous home crowd, France overcame a shaky start to make a real game of it and might have felt unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty in the closing stages. Despite the disappointment, head coach Corinne Diacre believes her side has captured the imagination of the French public. Over 45,000 people packed into the Parc des Princes to watch the heavyweight clash and the atmosphere throughout was a testimony to the growth of women’s football. “Yes, it is a failure on a footballing level,” she told reporters after the game, insisting she wanted to stay on in her current role.”We’re a long way off our target but I hope we have retained something elsewhere.”I hope we have won over the hearts and minds of the public and helped the women’s game go further and move into that next level.” US manager Ellis said after the match that dealing with the bumper home support was half of the battle. “That was the most intense match I’ve ever been part of,” she added.”France is an incredible team. The surge from the fans was intense, like a tsunami. To have the flexibility and to know what card we needed to play at each particular moment, I credit the players.”France coach Corinne Diacre consoled her side after the defeat. France coach Corinne Diacre consoled her side after the defeat. France coach Corinne Diacre consoled her side after the defeat. England awaitsAll eyes now turn to Tuesday’s last four fixture against England. The Lionesses strolled past Norway in the quarterfinals and have had an extra day to prepare for the game. “We’re on a mission. You’ve got to let the players enjoy the win because that was a gritty win for us. We’ll let them sleep, get back tomorrow (Saturday) and have a reset,” said Ellis.”Again, we’re going to have less recovery than our opponents but that’s been the rhythm of this tournament, so be it.”Phil Neville’s side has looked impressive so far in France and Rapinoe says the Lionesses are certainly capable of lifting the trophy. “If you’re at this stage of the tournament and you’re not trying to win the World Cup then I’m not sure what you’re doing here,” Rapinoe said.”They [England] are in great form right now, they had a totally dominating performance so they should feel confident.”

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