W/Cup: France Beat Norway To Stay Top Of Group A

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Eugenie Le Sommer scored a penalty awarded after a VAR review to give Women’s World Cup hosts, France, a narrow 2-1 win over Norway.

The win on Wednesday keeps the French team on top of Group A.

 Valerie Gauvin, who was dropped for France’s opening game after arriving late to training, was recalled and broke the deadlock, less than a minute into the second half in Nice.

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However, centre-back ,Wendie Renard, who scored twice against South Korea in their opening match 4-0 win, gifted the Norwegians an equaliser on 54 minutes with a bizarre own goal.

France were then awarded a penalty on 72 minutes, when Ingrid Syrstad Engen made a mess of an attempted clearance, raising her studs high on thigh of Marion Torrent, after minimal contact with the ball.

Le Sommer converted for her second goal of the tournament, to earn her team six points from two matches; three ahead of Norway and Nigeria, going into the final round of matches.

 

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