France v Korea | Group Stage 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup | Parc des Princes

France obviously dominated the first half and, thanks to their velocity, has not given South Korea a opportunity, particularly on the right hand of Torrent and Cascarino. Bicycle kick, distance shots, corner headers… Nearly all of Les Bleues implemented their guns. They deserve their 3-0 lead at half-time.

Throughout the opening half, Korea Republic was on the back foot and unable to generate any significant opportunities on the counter. Despite trailing by three objectives, with a few modifications anticipated at the break, they will attempt to discover a way back into this game.

Starting the tournament for France is a comfortable victory – 4-0 is the joint-best opening outcome for a host country in the history of the Women’s World Cup.

Eugenie Le Sommer placed Les Bleues in command early on, before Wendie Renard’s two headed goals finished the game as a competition before half-time. The early curler of Amandine Henry added gloss to the scoreline.

Les Bleues were the masterclass tonight, giving the 45000+ fans a dreamer performance.

“We knew that it was going to be a very emotional evening, but I think we handled it well. When you have more than 45,000 people singing the French national anthem obviously it does drive you forward. I think we started the game very well and we really made the most of the crowd’s support.”
– Wendie Renard, Visa Player of the Match

This show brings them in an excellent situation throughout the remainder of the tournament. The Republic of Korea has attempted to match the hosts and play against them, but it did not work as well as they had hoped. In the first half they paid the cost for their defensive fragility.

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