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Women's World Cup: Henry gets winner as France beat Brazil

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Highlights: France 2-1 Brazil (AET)

Hosts France beat Brazil 2-1 to reach the Women's World Cup quarter-finals in another game dominated by video assistant referee decisions.

Valerie Gauvin, who had earlier had a goal ruled out by VAR, put France ahead after a fine run by Kadidiatou Diani.

Brazil forced extra-time when Thaisa's drive, originally ruled out for offside, was given after another VAR check in Le Havre.

Amandine Henry got on the end of Amel Majri's long free-kick for the winner.

A tightly contested tie was minutes away from a penalty shootout when France captain Henry scored from close range to send Les Bleues into the last eight and a tie with either the United States - the 2015 winners - or Spain in Paris on Friday (20:00 BST).

It was heartbreak for Brazil, who had come back strongly after falling behind to force one of the tournament's favourites to extra-time.

"I'm proud of our performance, the grit that we showed until the end," said Marta, Brazil's six-time world player of the year and scorer of a record 17 goals at World Cup finals.

"That's the feeling that I will keep with me. Those are the kind of matches that will help women's football to continue to grow."

Having finished behind Italy and Australia in Group C, the South Americans advanced to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams.

Despite giving France a major scare, this was the end of the road for the 2007 runners-up even though the hosts again struggled to hit top form at Stade Oceane.

They did not register a shot on target in their previous match against Nigeria until the 65th minute.

Against Brazil, they failed to manage a shot on target in the first half after Gauvin's 23rd-minute header was ruled out after a lengthy VAR review.

France score against Brazil at the Women's World Cup
France have scored five goals from set-piece situations at the 2019 Women's World Cup

Gauvin collided with keeper Barbara while challenging for Diani's cross, the ball ending up in the net.

Cheers turned to boos but home fans, who adopted Iceland's famous 'Thunderclap' in Le Havre, were celebrating when Diani set up Gauvin to slide France into the lead early in the second half.

Brazil's response was swift. Cristiane had a header tipped on to the bar before Thaisa equalised but only after another lengthy VAR check.

Eugenie Le Sommer wasted a fine chance to win it in normal time for France while Brazil lost Cristiane to injury early in extra-time.

In a thrilling conclusion, Griedge Mbock Bathy cleared Debinha's effort off the line before Henry pounced to ensure Les Bleues' World Cup journey rolls on to the Parc des Princes.

"We did what we needed to do tonight but it wasn't easy," said France coach Corinne Diacre. "Brazil were very tough and gave us a real run for our money, even in extra-time. Fortunately we were able to pull it out of the bag.

"We weren't at our best - I felt I didn't recognise my team out there. I told the players to start having fun out there, enjoy the game, and to be a bit more patient when they were on the ball. And that's what we saw in the second half.

"We're going to be watching the Spain-USA game very closely now and looking forward to the quarter-finals."

Brazil boss Vadao said: "The entire match was incredible. I think we've played four very good matches at this tournament and losing is just part of football.

"But we made it difficult for France. We equalised and had a chance to go ahead, but we were never going to boss the game for the entire match because these teams are the best in the world.

"Players like Marta and Cristiane should be playing for a few more years yet."

Another quarter-final for Les Bleues - the stats

  • France have reached the quarter-final stages of the Women's World Cup in each of their past three appearances at the competition (2011, 2015 and 2019).
  • Brazil have been eliminated at the last-16 stage in back-to-back Women's World Cups, and are winless in their past four knockout stage matches in the competition.
  • Valerie Gauvin has scored seven goals in her past nine appearances across all competitions for France.
  • Thaisa scored her first goal at the Women's World Cup, aged 30 years and 187 days - the only player to score her debut goal for Brazil in the competition at an older age was Sissi, who scored a hat-trick against Mexico in 1999, aged 32 years 17 days.
  • Since making her debut in the Women's World Cup at the start of the 2015 tournament, no player has made more assists in the competition than France's Amel Majri.



  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 4TorrentSubstituted forPérissetat 109'minutes
  • 19Mbock Bathy
  • 3RenardBooked at 36mins
  • 10MajriSubstituted forKarchaouiat 118'minutes
  • 18AsseyiSubstituted forThineyat 81'minutes
  • 6Henry
  • 15Bussaglia
  • 9Le Sommer
  • 11Diani
  • 13GauvinSubstituted forCascarinoat 90+3'minutes


  • 1Durand
  • 2Périsset
  • 5Tounkara
  • 7Karchaoui
  • 8Geyoro
  • 12Laurent
  • 14Bilbault
  • 17Thiney
  • 20Cascarino
  • 21Peyraud-Magnin
  • 22Debever
  • 23Clemaron


  • 1do Monte Barbosa
  • 13Santos de OliveiraSubstituted forBarbosa Medeirosat 89'minutes
  • 14Sousa FeitozaBooked at 101mins
  • 21Hickmann Alves
  • 6Dias GomesBooked at 45mins
  • 19da SilvaSubstituted forZaneratto Joãoat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 8Maciel MotaBooked at 70minsSubstituted forCavalari Machryat 75'minutes
  • 5de Moraes Rosa Moreno
  • 9de Oliveira
  • 10Vieira da Silva
  • 11Rozeira de Souza SilvaSubstituted forda Silva Ferreiraat 96'minutes


  • 2Barbosa Medeiros
  • 3Santos Silva
  • 4Pereira dos Santos
  • 7Alves da Silva
  • 12Villares Reis
  • 15Martins Pereira
  • 16Zaneratto João
  • 17Cavalari Machry
  • 18Bertolucci Paixão
  • 20Fernandes dos Santos
  • 22Izidoro Lima da Silva
  • 23da Silva Ferreira
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Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamBrazil
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Match ends, France 2, Brazil 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, France 2, Brazil 1.

Eugénie Le Sommer (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Geyse (Brazil).

Griedge Mbock Bathy (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bia Zaneratto (Brazil).

Corner, France. Conceded by Poliana.


Substitution, France. Sakina Karchaoui replaces Amel Majri.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Amel Majri (France).

Attempt missed. Gaëtane Thiney (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eugénie Le Sommer.

Foul by Marta (Brazil).

Gaëtane Thiney (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kadidiatou Diani (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Delphine Cascarino following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Amandine Henry (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Amel Majri with a cross following a set piece situation.


Substitution, France. Ève Périsset replaces Marion Torrent.

Amel Majri (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andressinha (Brazil).

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

Marta (Brazil).


Goal! France 2, Brazil 1. Amandine Henry (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Amel Majri with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kadidiatou Diani (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andressinha (Brazil).

Second Half Extra Time begins France 1, Brazil 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, France 1, Brazil 1.

Offside, Brazil. Bia Zaneratto tries a through ball, but Debinha is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Debinha (Brazil) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Geyse.

Attempt saved. Kadidiatou Diani (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Amel Majri with a cross.

Corner, France. Conceded by Mônica.

Attempt blocked. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amandine Henry with a headed pass.

Bia Zaneratto (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Griedge Mbock Bathy (France).

Foul by Geyse (Brazil).

Amel Majri (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Kathellen (Brazil) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kathellen (Brazil).

Kadidiatou Diani (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Amandine Henry (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaëtane Thiney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, France. Conceded by Tamires.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.


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