Host nation get off to emphatic start in Women’s World Cup

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France Women got their 2019 World Cup campaign off to a blistering start after thumping South Korea in front of a packed out Parc des Princes crowd in Paris.

Defender Wendie Renard scored twice, while goals from Eugenie Le Sommer and Amandine Henry completed the rout.

The host nation got off to the perfect start

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The host nation got off to the perfect start

Captain Amandine Henry added a superb strike with five minutes of normal time to go.

It was a dominant display from Corinne Diacre’s side against opponents who gave them very little to worry about.

With French President Emmanuel Macron among the crowd of 45,261 watching at the Parc des Princes, Les Bleues came close to taking the lead in the second minute when Henry curled an effort just wide, and Le Sommer then saw her low strike saved.

Two minutes later the pair combined to put France in front, Le Sommer meeting Henry’s cut-back with a shot that went in off the bar via the hand of goalkeeper Kim Minjung.

Le Sommer scored the opening goal of the tournament

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Le Sommer scored the opening goal of the tournament

France thought they had doubled the lead in the 27th minute when Griedge Mbock Bathy volleyed in, but the effort was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.

Le Sommer then had a strike tipped over by Kim, before the advantage was extended by Renard’s header from Gaetane Thiney’s corner.

Renard subsequently repeated the trick to make it 3-0 as she got her head to another corner just before the break.

Renard rose brilliantly to put the French 3-0 up

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Renard rose brilliantly to put the French 3-0 up

After Henry brought another save out of Kim in the 57th minute, South Korea registered an attempt on goal when Kang Chaerim fired off-target.

They were then presented with a good chance following a mistake by Renard, but Lee Mina dragged her shot wide.

Henry subsequently completed the rout as she beat Kim with a fine effort from just outside the box.


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Our coverage in France will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.

There will be further coverage of the tournament, including both semi-finals, and the final too.



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