A physical match in a tense atmosphere at the Al Bayt stadium in Qatar ended in a 2-1 victory for defending World Cup champions France. over rival England.
In a tournament featuring the global game of superstar Kylian Mbappé, it was Frenchmen Olivier Giroud and Aurélien Tchouaméni who found the back of the net for Les Bleus.
The English controlled the ball for most of the game and had plenty of chances: the Three Lions had 15 shots against the French eight and seven of the English attempts were on target.
England captain Harry Kane will regret a missed chance late in the second half, where he missed a penalty over the net with a chance of a draw. His previous successful penalty attempt was the only goal his team could score.
The England players took issue with various calls made by the referee during the game – and that narrative is likely to persist in the days following this crushing defeat for the Three Lions.
The French are heading to a semi-final against an underdog Moroccan team that defied odds and made history at every turn of the tournament.
France is the first defending champion to have passed the quarter-finals this century.