France v Norway | Group Stage 2019
Tonight Norway gave France great fear–in particular after Wendie Renard’s own objective–but thanks to Eugenie Le Sommer’s cool-catched penalty Les Bleues maintained a ideal beginning in their home tour. The Grasshopper will certainly not be deceived to claim a point, but they should have a victory over Korea in their final game.
This is the fourth time that a host country has won two Women’s World Cup matches, after 1999 and 2003 in the US and 2011 in Germany.
Norway came into the lion’s den tonight and gave France a serious fright, and the happiest coaches will be the ones that France might face in the rest of the tournament. Martin Sjogren and Norway gave them a template to shackle the host nation’s amazing attack authority, and they could have gone with one point another night. But everything isn’t lost and a victory against Korea should be enough to watch Norway through the knockout stage in their final team match on Monday.
Les Bleues responded very well to the very objective of destabilizing the entire squad and losing concentration. But they immediately returned to attack and Le Sommer released their punishment from the entire nation. In the second half, France showed its personality as a team, like in the first match, Gauvin.
This is a ideal six points for the hosts so far and the distinction today is the Le Sommer punishment. It was a fun game between two excellent parties who would go far in this tournament. The reminiscent Gauvin was amazing in her reminder and won the opening objective until the error of Wendie Renard matched the results. But Les Bleues finally won and are now faced with Nigeria in an attempt to win three out of three.