France started the Girls’s World Cup the way in which it ended final 12 months’s males’s event: with an emphatic victory.
Wendie Renard, at 6-foot-2 the tallest participant within the event, scored a pair of headers off nook kicks, and Les Bleues overwhelmed South Korea Four-Zero Friday night time in a gala World Cup opener.
Eugenie Le Sommer and Amandine Henry additionally scored on a cool, windy night time at Parc des Princes, the house of Paris Saint-Germain. French pop star Jain supplied the pre-game leisure for the sellout crowd of 45,261 followers.
France is vying to turn out to be the primary nation to carry each the lads’s and girls’s World Cup titles on the identical time. France’s margin of victory was the most important in a Girls’s World Cup opener since China beat Norway by the identical rating on the first event in 1991.
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“We began effectively, it was the way in which to go we made it simple for ourselves. It was vital to attain a second purpose earlier than the break, we did even higher,” France coach Corinne Diacre advised a information convention.
“We knew there would a be quite a lot of feelings tonight, we handled it completely. You’ll be able to solely transcend your self whenever you hear 45,000 folks sing La Marseillaise,” girl of the match Renard advised reporters.
Norway and Nigeria meet within the different Group A opener on Saturday. France faces Norway on Wednesday and Nigeria on June 17.
4 years in the past, all 9 groups that gained their opener superior from the 24-nation group stage to the spherical of 16.
France opened up their Girls’s World Cup marketing campaign with a simple win over South Korea. Robert Cianflone/Getty Photographs
France is internet hosting the event in a time when girls’ groups are more and more their push for equal therapy from FIFA and different soccer governing our bodies.
The world’s fourth-ranked workforce wasn’t examined by No. 14 South Korea. France had a 17-Zero benefit in pictures throughout the first half and 21-Four general.
Les Bleues, eradicated by Germany on penalty kicks within the quarterfinals 4 years in the past in Canada, utilized strain from the beginning on goalkeeper Kim Minjung.
Le Sommer scored within the ninth minute off a cross from Henry and held up her arms within the form of a coronary heart in celebration after the earliest purpose in a Girls’s World Cup opener. South Korea has conceded the primary purpose in all eight World Cup it has performed.
Griedge Mbock Bathy appeared to attain within the 30th minute however the purpose was disallowed in a video evaluation, know-how additionally utilized by FIFA ultimately 12 months’s males’s event in Russia.
Renard doubled the lead within the 35th from Gaetane Thiney’s nook kick as the gang chanted “Wendie! Wendie!”
She made it Three-Zero from Amel Majri’s nook kick in stoppage time together with her 22nd worldwide purpose. Ten of her final 11 objectives have come on headers.
Henry added a purpose off a go from Le Sommer within the 85th.
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South Korea substitute Lee Mina had one of the best probability for her workforce on a breakaway within the 76th minute, however the shot went simply large.
Renard, chosen participant of the match, is amongst seven gamers on France’s roster that play professionally for Lyon, which just lately crushed Barcelona Four-1 to win the ladies’s Champions League for the fourth straight 12 months and sixth time general.
Coach Corinne Diacre had stunned many when she left French league main scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto off her roster. The 20-year-old performs for PSG.