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France v Korea Republic Live Commentary, 07/06/2019

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4 - 0
FRA
KOR
E. Le Sommer (9)
W. Renard (35)
W. Renard (45+2)
A. Henry (85)
Parc des Princes

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between France and South Korea! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
Next, France will try to carry their momentum from this win, and their fans, into their match against Norway on Wednesday. As for South Korea, they will face Nigeria next, likely needing to pick up at least a point if their hopes of advancing are to survive.
What a performance from France on home soil! They took care of most of their work in the first half with goals from Le Sommer (9') and Renard (35', 47'), but that didn't stop Henry from ensuring the win for the hosts with a fantastic curling effort in the 85th minute. Sacre's side did let their foot off the gas a bit in the final 10 minutes though and, while they managed to get away with it, they will have to be wary of that against tougher opposition. As for Korea, they played better in the second-half and finally managed to shut down the left side of their defence after it was exploited heavily in the opening 45 minutes. The attack looked better after the break as well, especially with the introduction of Lee Mina, but they just left things far, far too late. 
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: France 4-0 South Korea
90' + 2' Lee GeumMin goes on a slaloming run down the left before being hacked down by Torrent. Free-kick to the visitors.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
88' France win a foul deep in the final third which will lead to a free-kick from a dangerous area.
Yeo Min-Ji
Jung Seol-Bin
Korea Republic
86' Final change from Korea as Yeo MinJi  replaces  Jung SeolBin.
G. Geyoro
G. Thiney
France
86' Thiney is taken off for the final minutes with Grace Geyoro entering the fray.
E. Le Sommer
Assist
France
85' Le Sommer is awarded the assist for playing a simple pass to Henry... and then watching the latter dribble infield and unleash a wonder-strike into the back of the net!
A. Henry
Goal
France
85' GOOALLLLL!!!! HENRY WITH A FANTASTIC GOAL! She cut in from the left and unleashed a right-footed shot with equal parts power and curve which left Kim Minjung grasping at nothing but air! If the result was even a little in doubt, it sure isn't now. France 4-0 South Korea
83' Le Sommer limping a little bit after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge.
82' A physical battle between Cho and Mbock Bathy in the France half, and it's the former that wins but is then called for a foul.
80' Gauvin, who had drifted to the right, shows off her strength holding off, and then escaping from, three Korean defenders before passing it back to the midfield. 
78' Bussaglia runs onto the ball just outside the box, tries another shot from range, and hits it wide again.
77' CHANCE! Li Mina beats the French backline, has a one-on-one with Bouhaddi, takes her shot early.... and drags it wide left. Disappointing finish, but by far the most dangerous attack from Korea today.
76' France slowing the tempo down as their defenders pass the ball amongst themselves.
È. Périsset
A. Majri
France
74' Like-for-like swap as Perisset will come in at left back with Majri departing.
72' After a brief look from the trainers, it looks like Kim Minjung will be able to continue.
71' Kim Minjung is down on the floor having come for the ball and being in the thick of the battle between Gauvin and Hwang.
71' A ball is crossed in the direction of Gauvin who was backing into Hwang, and a foul is called on the recent French entrant.
V. Gauvin
D. Cascarino
France
70' France make a change of their own taking off Cascarino in favour of Valerie Gauvin. The latter will likely take her place at the tip of the attack with Diani shifting to the right.
Lee Mi-Na
Lee Young-Ju
Korea Republic
69' Lee Mina comes on, replacing Lee Youngju for Korea.
67' Korea just can't build anything through the middle as multiple sloppy passes have been collected by France in recent minutes. The Taegeuk Ladies only avenue forward seems to be on the counter-attack.
65' Lovely backheel pass from Le Sommer to Najri on the left before the second runs into two Korean defenders who dispossess her. To the visitors' credit, they have mostly shut down things on the opposite wing now.
63' If Korea fail to pull off a miraculous comeback, this will be their sixth loss in eight Women's World Cup matches.
61' Torrent whips a cross to Le Sommer at the back-post, but the former is deemed to have been offside before doing so.
59' Le Sommer plays a ball that's just a little too heavy for Najri down the left, and the defender runs into the advertising boards. She stretches her leg a bit and seems fine to continue.
57' Diani dribbles into the box and attempts a pass to Le Sommer on the underlap but it's cut out and cleared for a throw-in.
54' Three French players are starting to warm up now. Is Dacre going to make a change soon?
Kang Chae-Rim
Kang Yu-Mi
Korea Republic
52' An early change here for Korea as Kang ChaeRim replaces Kang YuMi in midfield.
51' Lee GeumMin ran beyond the French defence and a ball was played long to her, but it's overhit and rolls to Bouhaddi. A little more promising from Korea though.
50' Korea move forward and a ball is played up to Jung who leaves it... and no one was on the other end of it. Unfortunate miscommunication from the visitors there.
48' Korea certainly seem to have addressed the left flank issue, with four players collapsing on Cascarino as she tries to play down the wing.
46' The referee's whistle blows once more, and we're back underway!
It will be interesting to see when, and how, these sides change things in the second half. For France, it's hard to imagine changing anything right now, but a goal would allow Dacre to rest some key players and bring on some bench players into this tremendous World Cup atmosphere. As for Korea, they are in the unenviable position where any strengthening of the attack would expose them even more at the back, and throwing on a much-needed extra defender would likely mean they leave this match without scoring a goal.
France go into the break leading 3-0 and it really could have been more. They dominated from the opening whistle, registered their first shot in the third minute, and never looked back. The goals came from Le Sommer (9) and Renard (35', 47') and Mbock Bathy had the ball in the back of the net as well, but it was disallowed due to a controversial offside call from VAR. The latter will likely end up a historical footnote though, as France have made sure that the result would not be impacted by the call. As for Korea, they've proven to be quite weak down the left in defence and, while they have had a couple of counter-attacks, failed to record a single shot in the first-half. If the vistors can get Ji more involved, they may be able to at least get on the scoreboard but, as things stand, that doesn't look particularly likely.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: France 3-0 South Korea
A. Majri
Assist
France
45' + 2' Majri sent in a lofted cross that only Renard, the tallest player at this tournament, could reach... and reach it she did, finishing the chance.
W. Renard
Goal
France
45' + 2' GOOALLLL! France score off another corner kick! Renard leapt above everyone once more and, this time, lofted her header to the top-left corner with the Korean 'keeper stranded! Majri whipped in what was the hosts' 10th corner of the match and Renard scored her second, and her country's third! France 3-0 South Korea.
45' + 2' France will have another corner with what will likely be the last kick of the half. Can they take advantage?
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
43' Bussaglia is unmarked outside the box tries her luck from distance but skews the shot well wide of goal.
40' We've already mentioned it twice, but this right side of the Fench attack has been able, and continues to do whatever they want. Korea will surely need to make a change at the half if they are to get back into this match.
38' Thiney tries an attempt of her own now as she heads the ball from the centre of the box, but it drifts wide left.
G. Thiney
Assist
France
35' Thiney took France's seventh corner, found Renard in the air and the latter punished the ball past Kim Minjung and into the back of the net!
W. Renard
Goal
France
35' GOALLLL!!!! FRANCE DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Mbock Bathy’s goal was disallowed but this one certainly won’t be! From a corner, Renard powered her way through the Korean defense, rose above all challengers, and hit her header into the bottom-left corner of the goal. France 2-0 South Korea
34' Le Sommer is played through the left channel and tries to beat the Korean 'keeper at the near post, but it's blocked behind for yet another French corner.
31' Diani attempts a shot from outside the box that misses the top-right corner. Can she find the back of the goal today?
28' OH NO! Mbock Bathy finished an excellent volley into the back of the net… but it’s been called offside by VAR! It looked a good goal live, but it won’t count!
26' Thiney runs behind the defence and is found by Le Sommer. Korea recover well though and the ball is blocked behind for another corner.
25' Another corner for France, their fourth of the match already.
23' OH MY! Mbock Bathy was still up from the previous corner and, after a lofted ball in, attempted an overhead kick! It's nowhere near the target, but that would have been quite the goal had it come off.
22' Thiney and Cascarino continue to cause issues for the left side of the Korean defence. Don't be surprised if another goal is created from that area today.
20' Korea win their first corner of the match. Jung takes it, and hits the side-netting rather than any of her teammates.
17' Jung stretches her legs down the left channel and goes down under pressure from Renard. The referee does not view it as a foul, and play continues.
15' France have been dominant in the early stages, boasting 63.5 per cent of the ball and having already taken six shots thus far.
12' Diani tries a right-footed shot from outside the box... but it's blocked before it can trouble Kim Minjung in net.
A. Henry
Assist
France
9' Henry took advantage fo the left side of the Korean defence, which has already proven to be a weakness, and then cut the ball back to Le Sommer in space, and the latter finished the chance brilliantly!
E. Le Sommer
Goal
France
9' GOOALLLL!!!! LE SOMMER SCORES THE FIRST GOAL OF THE 2019 WORLD CUP! Henry paced down the right, and cut the ball infield to Le Sommer who hammered her shot above the Korean goalkeeper and into the back of the net! Excellent movement from Thiney as well as her run drew the attention of the defence, which left space for Le Sommer behind her. France 1-0 South Korea
9' Thiney takes a corner for France that fails to find Renard who seemed to be the target, and it's cleared by the defence.
7' Diani picks up a loose ball from outside the box, plays it forward to Le Sommer who tries her luck from distance... but the shot lacks power and is easily trapped by Kim Minjung.
5' Le Sommer tries a cross-field ball to Cascarino in the box that bounces around a bit before going behind off the chest of a French player. Goal-kick to Korea.
3' A loose ball is played in the box by Korea and Henry collected it before attempting a curling shot that drifted just wide of the top-right corner! An early warning shot there from the hosts!
2' For those interested, France are wearing blue kits and shorts with red socks, while Korea don all white.
1' Referee Claudia Umpierrez blows her whistle, and the 2019 Women's World Cup is underway!
The national anthems of France and South Korea ring around the Parc des Princes! Not long to go now!
While certainly not the favourites heading into this match, South Korea do have some difference makers in the squad. Their captain, Cho Sohyun, led them during qualifying with six goals and forward Ji SoYun has impressed for both club (lead the English WSL with 47 chances created from open play) and country (scored in four of Korea’s last five matches). If those two are at their best today, Korea at least stand a chance of pulling off an upset today.
South Korea substitutes: Kang ChaeRim, Lee Mina, Lee SoDam, Shin DamYeong, Kang GaAe, Jung Boram, Moon MiRa, Jeong YeonGa, Yeo MinJi, Lim SeonJoo, Son HwaYeon, Lee Eunmi.
South Korea (4-3-3): Kim Minjung; Hwang BoRam, Kim HyeRi, Kim DoYeon, Jang SelGi; Lee YoungJu, Kang Yumi, Cho SoHyun; Jung SeolBin, Lee GeumMin, Ji SoYun.
There are three changes for France from their 2-1 win against China a week ago. Majri, Henry, and Le Sommer all take their places in the starting XI with Perisset, Bilbault, and Gauvin all dropping to the bench. The latter comes as a bit of a surprise, considering she had scored in four of France’s last five matches. Of course, coach Corinne Dacre has not shied away from big decisions since taking charge, swapping the captaincy from Renard to Henry, and leaving Marie-Antoinette Katoto at home despite having led the Division 1 Femimine in goals (22). It’s unlikely that France will struggle to score at this tournament but, if they do, Dacre will certainly have questions to answer.
France substitutes: Viviane Asseyi, Emelyne Laurent, Valerie Gauvin, Julie Debever, Onema Grace Geyoro, Charlotte Bilbault, Maeva Clemaron, Eve Perisset, Solene Durand, Aissatou Tounkara, Sakina Karchaoui, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.
France (4-2-3-1): Sarah Bouhaddi; Marion Torrent, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Amel Majri; Amandine Henry, Elise Bussaglia; Delphine Cascarino, Gaetane Thiney, Eugenie Le Sommer; Kadidiatou Diani.
Now, let's take a look at the players who will be involved in this match.
As for South Korea, they have struggled for form of late, but will be hoping to re-capture the magic of their 5-0 win against the Philippines in the AFC Women's Asian Cup which earned the Taegeuk Ladies their place in this tournament.
France will certainly be feeling confident heading into this World Cup opener as six of the previous seven hosts have won the first match of the tournament!
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of the opening match of the 2019 Women's World Cup between France and South Korea!