LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) – France beat England 4-3 on penalties in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals when England captain Faye White missed the decisive kick on Saturday.
White's effort - after Eugenie Le Sommer tied the scores for France - hit the crossbar to send France through to its first-ever semifinal against Brazil or the United States next Wednesday.
The game ended 1-1 after normal time and extra time.
Elise Bussaglia equalized in the 88th minute following Jill Scott's 59th-minute goal for England before 26,395 fans at Bay Arena.
Camille Abily, who took the first spot kick for France, saw her effort saved by Karen Bardsley, but Bussaglia, Gaetane Thiney and Sonia Bompastor all scored. Le Sommer put all the pressure on White after England's Claire Rafferty drew her shot wide to the right.
Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Casey Stoney converted England's penalties.
In a game thoroughly dominated by France, Scott fired England into the lead against the run of play after Smith and Rachel Yankey combined to set her free.
Scott cut inside to beat two defenders, looked up to see Celine Deville off her line and unleashed a dipping shot that gave the goalkeeper - playing in place of the suspended Berangere Sapowicz - no chance.
Bussaglia equalized and broke English hearts a first time when she curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area in off the left post.
England shouldn't have been surprised. Their three most recent matches with France since 2006 have all been draws.
After 30 more minutes of extra time and a fateful penalty shootout, England's own bid for history was gone. England was trying to make its first semifinals, while attempting to overcome a poor record against France, which it hasn't beaten in almost 37 years.
England attacked right from the kickoff when Smith rounded Deville only for her goalward shot to be cut out by Laura Georges.
France recovered from its shaky start with Louisa Necib displaying wonderful control in the middle of the pitch, before Abily's effort landed on the roof of the net.
With fans sending Mexican waves around the stands, Smith earned a corner that caused more panic in the French defense.
It was but a rare push forward for England, however.
Thiney's fancy footwork left two defenders standing, before Marie-Laure Delie had a shot blocked on the edge of the penalty area. Thiney's effort was then blocked from a similar position.
England was rushed into conceding possession with France applying pressure in all areas, and resorted to sending long balls forward for Ellen White to chase.
Thiney's thunderous volley brought the best from England 'keeper Karen Bardsley in the 25th.
Necib rifled the side-netting shortly afterward, after creating space for the shot.
Bardsley was relieved to see her attempted clearance whizz over after it rebounded off Delie's face in the 36th, before she deflected Necib's swinging free kick out for a corner.
A level of frustration began to take hold for France, with captain Sandrine Soubeyrand, Abily and Thiney all wasting good opportunities.
With England coach Hope Powell looking increasingly worried in the dugout, her side suddenly put together a few passes before the interval, when Williams' close-range shot was blocked out for a corner.
Rachel Yankey shot straight at Deville as England again made the better start after the break, before Delie's shot flashed by the post at the other end.
Scott headed wide from a good position in the 54th, but made no mistake when she scored four minutes later.
It was desperate defending thereafter from England - Smith made a goal-saving clearance shortly afterward - as France pushed forward for the equalizer.
Bardsley's great one-handed save denied substitute Elodie Thomis, before Ellen White made a headed goalline clearance.
When the goal came, with two minutes remaining, it was thoroughly deserved.
England: Karen Bardsley, Rachel Unitt (Claire Rafferty, 81), Casey Stoney, Faye White, Alex Scott (Stephanie Houghton, 81), Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey (Anita Asante, 84), Kelly Smith, Karen Carney, Ellen White.
France: Celine Deville, Sonia Bompastor, Sabrina Viguier, Laura Georges, Laure Lepailleur, Elise Bussaglia, Sandrine Soubeyrand (Elodie Thomis, 67), Gaetane Thiney, Louisa Necib (Sandrine Bretigny, 79 (Eugenie Le Sommer, 106), Camille Abily, Marie-Laure Delie.
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist, Sweden.