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SportFrance make light work of South Korea in World Cup opener

14:35  08 june  2019
14:35  08 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Group A - France v Korea Republic - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - June 7, 2019 France 's Griedge Mbock From the very first minutes South Korea struggled to get out of their own half and Le Sommer set the tone after nine minutes when she slammed a shot

It felt somewhat fitting that it was two of Lyon’s six-time Champions League winners stamping their mark on the Women’s World Cup opener . With Eugenie Le Sommer’s side-footed opener - her 11th goal in 11 internationals - followed by a Wendie Renard double header giving France a 3-0 first half lead

France make light work of South Korea in World Cup opener© Lucy Nicholson Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Group A - France v Korea Republic - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - June 7, 2019 France's Wendie Renard celebrates scoring their third goal with Amel Majri and team mates REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) - A rampant France smashed South Korea out of sight on Friday to open their women’s soccer World Cup campaign in irrepressible style with a 4-0 victory that sent a warning to all other teams with a design on the trophy.

It was one-way traffic all night in a packed 45,000-seater Parc des Princes as the French launched wave after wave of attack at the hapless Koreans, running out easy winners to stamp their authority on Group A of the FIFA extravaganza.

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Fans gather in Noisy-le-Grand, in the eastern suburbs of Paris, on Friday, June 7, to watch the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup between France and South Korea . The Women’s World Cup has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament took place in China .

Hosts France face South Korea in the opening game of the Fifa Women's World Cup - watch BBC One, listen to 5 Live & follow live text. Le Sommer scores opener before Mbock Bathy volley is ruled out by VAR. Renard heads in two goals from corners before Henry hits hosts' fourth.

“We started well, it was the way to go we made it easy for ourselves. It was important to score a second goal before the break, we did even better,” France coach Corinne Diacre told a news conference.

BOX SCORE: FRANCE 4, KOREA 0

“We knew there would a be a lot of emotions tonight, we dealt with it perfectly. You can only transcend yourself when you hear 45,000 people sing La Marseillaise,” woman of the match Wendie Renard told reporters.

France skipper Amandine Henry controlled the midfield with a firm grip and deft touch, while strikers Eugenie Le Sommer and Delphine Cascarino were constant threats.

From the very first minutes South Korea struggled to get out of their own half and Le Sommer set the tone after nine minutes when she slammed a shot past Korean keeper Kim Min-jung into the roof of the net to send the stadium into raptures.

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France had all the play, and thought they had doubled their lead after 27 minutes when Griedge Mbock Bathy slammed a volley home, only for the video assistant referee to rule it out for offside two minutes later.

Renard made amends after 35 minutes, the powerful central defender thumping a header home for her 21st international goal. She added another headed goal to make it 3-0 on the stroke of halftime of what was rapidly becoming a non-contest.

The Koreans were being outclassed in every department, and trudged off at the break having barely ventured out of their own half.

Korea desperately scrambled to keep the French at bay - just - and with the result in no doubt French coach Diacre looked to preserve some of her star names for later action, taking Cascarino off in the 70th minute, replacing her with Valerie Gauvin; and replacing Amel Majri with fellow defender Eve Perisset four minutes later.

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FRANCE kick off the Women's World Cup with a clash against South Korea in Paris. What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it for FREE? This Women's World Cup clash is being Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. For further details of our complaints

As Women’s World Cup opens, talent is blooming and frustration is bubbling. Parc des Princes stadium in Paris will host Friday's opening match of the Women's World Cup , between France and South Korea . Local organizers say they have been selling 15,000 per day. Friday’s opener at 48

Just as the Koreans thought they had somehow kept the French at bay for the second period, Henry added to the tally, slamming a right-foot shot curling into the Korean net from the edge of the area for 4-0 and a fitting finale.

Norway take on Nigeria in the other Group A game in Reims on Saturday.

Editing by Toby Davis

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