Women's Euro 2013: England eliminated after France loss
England finished bottom of Group C and were knocked out of Euro 2013 after being outclassed by France in Sweden.
France looked imposing from the start and Eugenie Le Sommer opened the scoring early on with a crisp strike.
Karen Bardsley saved efforts from Elodie Thomis and Louisa Necib, while England did not have a chance on goal until Toni Duggan's shot after an hour.
But two goals in three minutes ended the contest thanks to Necib's clever finish before Wendie Renard headed in.
They came as England enjoyed their best spell of the game and extinguished any prospect of Hope Powell's team reaching the last eight.
England had gone into the game knowing that victory would have taken them through to the quarter-finals and that a draw might have been enough to go to a drawing of lots with Group A side Denmark for a place in the last eight.
But Powell's team could not cope with Lyon's attacking trio of Le Sommer, Thomis and Necib, who put England under constant pressure.
England finished bottom of the table with just a point after Russia and Spain drew 1-1 in the night's other match.
That result saw Russia go to a drawing of lots but they lost out against Denmark, who join Iceland as one of the two best third-placed finishers from the two groups.
England had arrived in Sweden following an 11-game unbeaten run, but lost a pre-tournament friendly against the hosts, and there has been a distinct lack of creativity and energy from the side.
They lost 3-2 to Spain and drew 1-1 with Russia in their two previous group games. Allied with the poor showing of the England men's Under-21s at the European Championship and the men's Under-20s at the World Cup, it means the Football Association has not seen any of its sides win a tournament game during a miserable summer.
France's fluency and pace cut through the England defence early on with Le Sommer firing a shot against the post after eight minutes, before collecting the ball after one of many Thomis bursts soon after and finding the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
France could have doubled the lead through captain Sandrine Subeyrand, who fired over, while England goalkeeper Bardsley was in fine form to deny Thomis and Necib.
England had made three changes to the side that drew with Russia, but struggled to bypass the French midfield. Powell's team lined up in a more attacking 4-4-2 formation, but they were pressed quickly and had little time to settle.
Sophie Bradley added an assurance to the England defence as she replaced Laura Bassett but England were fortunate that, after the half-hour mark, France seemed content to sit on their one-goal lead.
Having been dropped, Jill Scott came on at half-time in place of Anita Asante and added some much-needed energy with White having a shot blocked by the imposing Renard.
But as England improved, Thomis reminded England of her pace when she shot over the bar after a quick counter-attack.
Kelly Smith, who boosted England in an 11-minute cameo against Russia, came on after an hour.
She had barely arrived on the pitch, however, when Necib hit a sweetly-struck shot into the top corner, and then Renard headed in Necib's cross following a corner.
England pressed for a consolation, with White having a shot saved, but France were in a different class and claimed a deserved victory.
- 01 Deville
- 02 Renard
- 07 Franco
- 15 Houara
- 22 Delannoy
- 06 Soubeyrand (Bussaglia - 46' )
- 10 Henry (Catala - 61' )
- 14 Necib
- 09 Le Sommer
- 12 Thomis
- 17 Thiney (Abily - 46' )
- 16 Bouhaddi
- 21 Benameur
- 04 Georges
- 05 Meilleroux
- 11 Soyer
- 03 Boulleau
- 08 Bussaglia
- 13 Catala
- 23 Abily
- 18 Delie
- 19 Bretigny
- 20 Asseyi
- 01 Bardsley
- 02 Scott
- 03 Houghton
- 05 Bradley
- 06 Stoney
- 08 Asante (Scott - 46' )
- 10 Williams Booked
- 07 Aluko (Smith - 60' )
- 09 White
- 14 Carney (Clarke - 73' )
- 17 Duggan
- 13 Brown
- 23 Chamberlain
- 15 Bassett
- 18 Susi
- 19 Bonner
- 21 Bronze
- 04 Scott
- 11 Yankey
- 12 Clarke
- 16 Nobbs
- 20 Moore
- 22 Smith
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +2:33
Jill Scott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Celine Deville takes the free kick.89:50
Elodie Thomis takes a shot. Blocked by Casey Stoney.89:15
Ellen White takes a shot. Save by Celine Deville.87:35
Ellen White takes a shot. Celine Deville makes a save.81:36
Effort on goal by Alex Scott from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.80:43
Effort on goal by Eugenie Le Sommer from 12 yards. Casey Stoney gets a block in.79:16
Elodie Thomis produces a cross.78:34
Eugenie Le Sommer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.75:37
Louisa Necib crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, fantastic save by Karen Bardsley. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Louisa Necib, save by Karen Bardsley. Wendie Renard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karen Bardsley. Karen Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.75:37 Booking
Booking Booking for Fara Williams for unsporting behaviour.75:33
Fara Williams challenges Elodie Thomis unfairly and gives away a free kick.74:59
Jess Clarke delivers the ball, save by Celine Deville.73:41
Centre by Ellen White, save by Celine Deville.72:30 Substitution
Substitution Jess Clarke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karen Carney.72:30
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Toni Duggan misses to the left of the target.69:57
The referee blows for offside against Jill Scott. Free kick taken by Celine Deville.69:34
Louisa Necib produces a cross, Sophie Bradley manages to make a clearance.68:46
Effort from inside the area by Elodie Thomis misses to the left of the goal.67:24
Corner taken by Louisa Necib from the left by-line, Karen Bardsley makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Eugenie Le Sommer, clearance made by Casey Stoney. Corner taken by Louisa Necib from the left by-line, save by Karen Bardsley. Close range header by Camille Abily misses to the right of the goal.63:41
Louisa Necib provided the assist for the goal.63:41 Goal scored
Goal! - Wendie Renard - France 3 - 0 England Wendie Renard scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. France Ladies 3-0 England Ladies.63:33
Louisa Necib sends in a cross,63:10
Short corner worked by Louisa Necib.61:28
Assist on the goal came from Eugenie Le Sommer.61:28 Goal scored
Goal! - Louisa Necib - France 2 - 0 England A goal is scored by Louisa Necib from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. France Ladies 2-0 England Ladies.60:39
Jill Scott takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.59:25 Substitution
Substitution Amandine Henry leaves the field to be replaced by Camille Catala.59:25 Substitution
Substitution (England Ladies) makes a substitution, with Kelly Smith coming on for Eniola Aluko.59:25
Shot by Toni Duggan from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.59:04
The ball is swung over by Alex Scott, save made by Celine Deville.56:06
Effort on goal by Elodie Thomis from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.55:14
Ellen White takes a shot. Wendie Renard gets a block in. Eniola Aluko takes the outswinging corner, Amandine Henry makes a clearance.53:32
Effort from the edge of the area by Elodie Thomis goes wide of the left-hand post.52:03
Elodie Thomis produces a cross, comfortable save by Karen Bardsley.50:44
The ball is swung over by Louisa Necib.49:39
A cross is delivered by Steph Houghton, save by Celine Deville.48:34
Steph Houghton fouled by Amandine Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Steph Houghton takes the direct free kick.47:35
Eugenie Le Sommer produces a cross, comfortable save by Karen Bardsley.45:31
Eugenie Le Sommer takes a shot. Casey Stoney gets a block in. Louisa Necib takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Steph Houghton.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Jill Scott replaces Anita Asante.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Sandrine Soubeyrand goes off and Elise Bussaglia comes on.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Goetane Thiney goes off and Camille Abily comes on.45:00 +0:08 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.44:28
Shot by Goetane Thiney from outside the box goes over the net.41:45
The offside flag is raised against Eugenie Le Sommer. Indirect free kick taken by Karen Bardsley.39:17
Corner taken right-footed by Louisa Necib, Karen Bardsley makes a save.34:36
Eugenie Le Sommer takes a shot. Save made by Karen Bardsley.30:37
Foul by Casey Stoney on Elodie Thomis, free kick awarded. Corine Franco takes the direct free kick.30:11
Inswinging corner taken by Karen Carney, clearance made by Amandine Henry.29:24
Elodie Thomis has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.29:01
The assistant referee signals for offside against Eugenie Le Sommer. Casey Stoney restarts play with the free kick.27:17
Louisa Necib decides to take a short corner.25:11
The official flags Eugenie Le Sommer offside. Sophie Bradley restarts play with the free kick.23:20
The ball is crossed by Eugenie Le Sommer, Steph Houghton gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Louisa Necib from the right by-line.21:22
Louisa Necib takes a shot. Save by Karen Bardsley. Outswinging corner taken by Sandrine Soubeyrand from the left by-line, save made by Karen Bardsley.21:02
Outswinging corner taken by Sandrine Soubeyrand.19:08
Elodie Thomis takes a shot. Karen Bardsley makes a brilliant save.18:21
Sandrine Soubeyrand produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.13:57
Amandine Henry challenges Eniola Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Casey Stoney restarts play with the free kick.8:57 Goal scored
Goal! - Eugenie Le Sommer - France 1 - 0 England A goal is scored by Eugenie Le Sommer from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. France Ladies 1-0 England Ladies.8:15
The assistant referee signals for offside against Eugenie Le Sommer. Casey Stoney takes the direct free kick.7:22
Eugenie Le Sommer has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.5:55
Corine Franco sends in a cross, clearance by Casey Stoney.5:13
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sandrine Soubeyrand, Wendie Renard takes a shot.3:57
Elodie Thomis challenges Steph Houghton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steph Houghton restarts play with the free kick.2:40
Corner taken right-footed by Karen Carney.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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