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Women's World Cup: Image of the day

MUCH NEEDED: Italy take on water in the cooling break taken in their match against the Netherlands.

MUCH NEEDED: Italy take on water in the cooling break taken in their match against the Netherlands.

Temperatures soared in France on Saturday afternoon as the Netherlands and Italy faced off in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup.

The mercury crept up to 34C in Valenciennes, where the Dutch prevailed 2-0 thanks to second-half headers from Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt, with both players getting on the end of Sherida Spitse free-kicks.

It was an energy-sapping heat, which certainly impacted the game.

Two cooling breaks were ordered by referee, Claudia Umpiérrez, with one taking place on the half hour mark and the second coming 15 minutes from time, to give players much needed additional opportunities to take on board water.

Italy’s Aurora Galli and Alia Guagni are doing just that in this picture from the first half, but the tournament’s surprise package tired in the second 45-minutes and heat no doubt played a part as the Netherlands edged their way into the last four.

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World Cup Daily: Stokes hails hard-working White

LIONESS: Demi Stokes in England training.

Ellen White’s work ethic makes her the perfect role model for any aspiring young footballer.

That’s the view of England team-mate, Demi Stokes, who says the new Manchester City signing’s five-goal haul at the Women’s World Cup is the product of her unwavering commitment to the game.

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Women's World Cup: Image of the day

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World Cup Daily: City duo react to last eight win

DELIGHT: Karen Bardsley and Steph Houghton celebrate in Le Havre.

There were jubilant celebrations in Le Havre on Thursday evening as England booked their place in the World Cup semi-final with a 3-0 victory over Norway.

All seven of Manchester City’s representatives featured in what was the Lionesses best performance of the tournament so far.