Women's World Cup - Group A
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Women's World Cup: Hosts France edge past Norway in Nice

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Highlights: France 2-1 Norway

France are "outsiders" for the Women's World Cup, according to boss Corinne Diacre, despite the hosts all but securing a place in the knockout stage with victory over Norway.

A penalty by Eugenie le Sommer, after Marion Torrent was fouled by Ingrid Syrstad Engen, earned France a second successive Group A win after Norway had looked like securing a point.

However, Diacre said her side's display in Nice showed that France still have plenty of work ahead of them.

"We did what we had to do. We're still outsiders for the tournament," she said.

"We found some difficulties here and this match shows it. The World Cup is very complex.

"Little by little, along the way - that's when you become the favourite."

France top Group A with six points from two games - three ahead of second-placed Norway and third-placed Nigeria - with one group game left against Nigeria on Monday (20:00 BST).

Cheered on by a crowd of 34,872 in Nice, hosts France had to dig deep to seal victory against a determined Norway side.

In a high quality game, France were on course to drop points for the first time in the tournament after a calamitous own goal by Wendie Renard, who scored two against South Korea.

Attempting to put Isabell Herlovsen's cross out for a corner, Renard instead found her own net eight minutes after France took the lead through Valerie Gauvin.

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Amel Majri's cross found Gauvin, who got in front of Chelsea's Maria Thorisdottir to send the partisan crowd into raptures.

Gauvin did not start the win over South Korea after showing up late for training.

Slick and inventive, Norway were certainly not fazed by the occasion.

Yet the 1995 World Cup winners finished with nothing to show for their efforts when, with the score 1-1, a penalty was awarded following a video assistant referee (VAR) review after Torrent was kicked by Engen.

Le Sommer scored from the spot to join Marie-Laure Delie as France's all-time highest Women's World Cup scorer, with five.

"We knew we weren't going to be winning 4-0 and wanted to show a lot of respect," added Diacre.

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Norway boss Martin Sjogren said his side deserved a point.

"We lost the match but I thought we were equal with the French," added Sjogren.

"I wasn't surprised by the French team - we knew they were going to be athletic with fast players and speed.

"But we played well and I'm very proud of how my players performed out there. In my book, I think we deserved a 1-1."

Ageing France show their experience - the stats

  • With an average age of 28 years and 189 days, France fielded their oldest-ever starting 11 at a Women's World Cup tournament.
  • Norway are only the second team in Women's World Cup history to benefit from an own-goal in consecutive games in the competition, after Japan in 2015.
  • Wendie Renard is the first player to score an own-goal for France at a Women's World Cup tournament.
  • Eugenie Le Sommer has scored 12 goals in her last 12 international appearances for France, including a goal in both of France's games at the 2019 Women's World Cup.
The top two teams in each of the six groups advance to the knockout stage - along with four best third-placed teams
The top two teams in each of the six groups advance to the knockout stage - along with four best third-placed teams

Line-ups

France

  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 4Torrent
  • 19Mbock Bathy
  • 3Renard
  • 10Majri
  • 11Diani
  • 15Bussaglia
  • 6Henry
  • 9Le SommerBooked at 56mins
  • 13GauvinSubstituted forCascarinoat 85'minutes
  • 17ThineySubstituted forBilbaultat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Durand
  • 2Périsset
  • 5Tounkara
  • 7Karchaoui
  • 8Geyoro
  • 12Laurent
  • 14Bilbault
  • 18Asseyi
  • 20Cascarino
  • 21Peyraud-Magnin
  • 22Debever
  • 23Clemaron

Norway

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2WoldSubstituted forHansenat 86'minutes
  • 6Mjelde
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Minde
  • 21SaevikSubstituted forUtlandat 76'minutes
  • 8RisaSubstituted forMaanumat 90+1'minutes
  • 14EngenBooked at 71mins
  • 16Reiten
  • 10Hansen
  • 9Herlovsen

Substitutes

  • 4Hovland
  • 5Hansen
  • 7Thorsnes
  • 11Utland
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 13Asland
  • 15Eikeland
  • 18Maanum
  • 19Redisch Kvamme
  • 20Haavi
  • 22Nautnes
  • 23Bogstad
Referee:
Bibiana Steinhaus
Attendance:
34,872

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamNorway
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, France 2, Norway 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 2, Norway 1.

Corner, France. Conceded by Frida Maanum.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Frida Maanum replaces Vilde Risa.

Foul by Isabell Herlovsen (Norway).

Amandine Henry (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Skinnes Hansen replaces Ingrid Moe Wold.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Delphine Cascarino replaces Valérie Gauvin.

Isabell Herlovsen (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wendie Renard (France).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Charlotte Bilbault replaces Gaëtane Thiney.

Offside, Norway. Guro Reiten tries a through ball, but Isabell Herlovsen is caught offside.

Foul by Lisa-Marie Utland (Norway).

Amandine Henry (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ingrid Engen (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gaëtane Thiney (France).

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Lisa-Marie Utland replaces Karina Saevik.

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Amandine Henry.

Goal!

Goal! France 2, Norway 1. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ingrid Engen (Norway) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Norway). VAR checking.

VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Marion Torrent (France).

Penalty conceded by Ingrid Engen (Norway) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty France. Marion Torrent draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Marion Torrent (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Vilde Risa (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gaëtane Thiney (France).

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Wendie Renard.

Attempt blocked. Amel Majri (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, France. Conceded by Vilde Risa.

Corner, France. Conceded by Ingrid Hjelmseth.

Attempt saved. Valérie Gauvin (France) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Amandine Henry.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Maria Thorisdottir (Norway).

Attempt saved. Valérie Gauvin (France) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Eugénie Le Sommer (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Karina Saevik (Norway) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22006156
2Norway21014223
3Nigeria210123-13
4South Korea200206-60

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22002026
2Spain21013213
3China100101-10
4South Africa100113-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil11003033
2Italy11002113
3Australia100112-10
4Jamaica100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England11002113
2Argentina10100001
3Japan10100001
4Scotland100112-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada11001013
2Netherlands11001013
3Cameroon100101-10
4New Zealand100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA1100130133
2Sweden11002023
3Chile100102-20
4Thailand1001013-130
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