France outdo Norway at the Allianz Riviera, Nice
Norway is former 2011 FIFA World Cup Champion, apart from winning the Titles at the European, and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. Coach Martin Sjögren adopts the 4-4-2 formation against the home team with right midfielder Karina Sævik instead of 26-year-old Lisa-Marie Utland.
Hosts France have never won the World Cup and playing at home are riding a wave of good wins giving the Les Blues a reason to celebrate are on a winning spree with an impressive run of 14 wins in their last 15 matches and scoring 52-5 against their opponents. France coach, Corinne Diacre favoured 4-3-3 formation with Valérie Gauvin making the starting XI replacing Cascarino in the attack for France.
This is the second time the two teams are facing each other in a World Cup fixture. In the last tied at World Cup 2003, Norway prevailed 2-0
First Half of France vs Norway:
Norway takes the early advantage in the game as the hosts take time to settle. As early as the 9th minute, Isabell Herlovsen keeps the French defense on the back foot. Griedge Mbock Bathy and Wendie Renard were unable to clear the ball. Olympique Lyon and France striker Sarah Bouhaddi rushed out to narrow the gap. Herlovsen can’t finish the ball and fires wide due to the narrow-angle.
Norway’s central midfield is driven by the duo of Ingrid Engen and Vilde Boe Risa. A 14th-minute corner and Norway have a second chance as Engen’s brilliant flick in headed out and cleared.
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A 24th Minute opportunity for the French striker Kadidiatou Diani who lights up the right flank. The PSG striker plays a parallel ball into the Norway goal area to find Gauvin for a tap in. But the Norwegian goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth is up to the challenge
Minutes later Guavin and Diani combine once again in front of the opposition goal but once again a tight miss and neither of the teams could manage to break the deadlock at half time.
Second Half of France vs Norway:
France start the second period of 45 minutes with a strong surge.
46 minute and the home team attack from the left with Amel Majri getting into the attack. Her cross finds its way to Valerie Gauvin, who gets in front of Maria Thorisdottir and converts with her left foot. France 1 – 0 Norway
Disaster struck the home team in the 72nd minute as the star of the first game double goal scorer of Wendie Renard puts the ball into her own goal. Self-goal and Norway keep the game alive and all to play for! Norway 1 – 1 France
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A 70th minute in the Second half and Marion Torrent was tackled in the penalty area by Norwegian defender Ingrid Syrstad Engen. After a VAR Review and Bibiana Steinhaus, the referee from Germany confirmed a penalty got the Home teams.
Eugénie Le Sommer steps for the penalty and scores to give the French team a reason to rejoice. France 2 -1 Norway
Player of the Match:
French midfielder Gaetane Thiney was adjudged player of the match. The 33-year-old Thiney is also a two-time winner of the Division 1 Féminine player of the year award