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France v Norway Live Commentary, 12/06/2019

2 - 1
V. Gauvin (46)
E. Le Sommer (72 pen)
W. Renard (54 og)
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France top Group A with six points, but Norway remain second, ahead of Nigeria on goal difference. However victory against South Korea in their final match would be enough to send them through to the knockout stages.
France make it two wins from two games with a 2-1 victory over Norway. They didn't have it all their own way though, with Norway frustrating the hosts for large periods of the game. It was goalless at the break, but it took less than a minute for France to break the deadlock in the second half, with Gauvin firing them ahead from close range. Renard then scored an own goal in bizarre circumstances to level the scoreline, the centre-back passed the ball into the back of her own net from just a couple of yards out, under no pressure. However, Le Sommer spared her teammates blushes, converting from the penalty spot after France were awarded a penalty after a tackle by Engen on Torrent, which the referee gave after a VAR review.
90' + 2' France win a corner, which they take their time over but they still send Renard up from the back. However, the ball into the box is poor and Norway clear the danger.
F. Maanum
V. Bøe Risa
90' + 1' Final Norway change now, with Risa replaced by Maanum.
90' There will be a minimum of FOUR minutes of added time played.
88' Can Norway score a late equaliser? They still haven't tested Hjelmseth and look short of ideas in attack.
S. Hansen
I. Wold
86' Norway now with their second change, with Moe Wold replaced by Hansen.
D. Cascarino
V. Gauvin
85' Another France substitution, with Gauvin who scored the opening goal coming off the pitch and she has been replaced by Cascarino.
84' France are slowing the pace of the game down now, taking their time with set pieces and using up their substitutes late in the match.
C. Bilbault
G. Thiney
82' France now with their first change of the game, with Thiney replaced by Bilbault.
80' Despite scoring, Norway are yet to have a shot at goal in this second half. They haven't shown as much quality in the final third during the second period and it's been quite comfortable for France at the back.
78' France have started to sit back since taking the lead and Norway are keeping the ball much better, but they just can't seem to create anything as the French defence are playing well and look strong.
L. Karlseng Utland
K. Sævik
76' Norway make their first substitution of the game with Saevik heading off the pitch and she has been replaced by Utland.
74' Renard is probably the most relieved person inside the stadium right now.
E. Le Sommer
Penalty Goal
72' GOOOAAALLL! Le Sommer keeps her cool and converts from the penalty spot, slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net, just out of the reach of Hjelmseth. France lead 2-1!
I. Engen
Yellow Card
71' The Norway players are still protesting the award of the penalty and Engen is also booked for the tackle.
70' FRANCE PENALTY! Long delay as the officials take a look at the challenge, the referee views the footage on the screen and eventually points to the penalty spot. Engen catches Torrent high with her studs showing.
68' Good move by France, a quick counter leads to a penalty shout and a strike at goal from the edge of the box. Torrent goes down after a tackle by Engen, with the Norway player striking the knee of the France defender, it was a high foot. Bussaglia then fires the ball towards goal, but it flies high over the crossbar.
66' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last couple of minutes, this might be an ideal time to make some changes and get some fresh legs on the pitch to try and make the difference.
64' Renard is the first player to score an own-goal for France in a World Cup. An unwanted record for the centre-back.
62' France are pushing forward in search of a second goal and they certainly look like the stronger of the two teams at the moment. Henry is starting to dictate play in midfield.
60' Decent effort! Gauvin with a good strike from a tight angle which Hjelmseth has to push around the post. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
58' Stoppage in play here as Saevik is down on the pitch with an injury, the medical staff are on the pitch but it looks like she will be fine to continue.
E. Le Sommer
Yellow Card
56' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Le Sommer after fouling Saevik.
W. Renard
Own Goal
54' GOOOAAALLL! Norway are level, it's 1-1! Renard with an own goal to level the scoreline. It's a bizarre own goal by the centre-back. A low ball is drilled across the box from the left and Renard tried to pass the ball out of play for a corner, but instead she turns the ball into the back of her own net. There was no pressure on her there, she can't believe what she's just done!
52' It's all France at the moment, they are forcing Norway to get everyone back behind the ball, trying to soak up the pressure.
50' France have won 14 of their last 15 internationals, losing only to Germany (0-1 in February 2019) during this run. In these 15 games, they have outscored their opponents 52-5 and have attempted over five times the number of shots on target (118 v 23).
48' Norway just haven't got into the game yet in this second half, they are second best in every department and France look confident and eager to double their lead as quickly as possible.
A. Majri
46' Henry played the ball out to Majri down the left wing, who had plenty of time to pick out Gauvin in the penalty area.
V. Gauvin
46' GOOOAAALLL! France lead 1-0! The perfect way to start the second half! Gauvin fires the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six yard box, after Majri gets forward down the left wing and whips a cross into the box. Gauvin gets to the ball ahead of her marker and powers it underneath the Norway keeper.
46' The second half is underway!
The game is very open, with both teams using their pace in attack to stretch their opponents. France ended the half on top, with Norway starting to look shaky at the back as the hosts began to pile on the pressure. However, this game could go either way in the second half.
No goals between France and Norway in the first half, but there have been plenty of chances for both teams. Diani has been electric for France, constantly creating opportunities down the right wing, with Guavin getting into some excellent positions in the box, just unable to convert from close range. Engen had Norway's best opportunity of the game early in the half, going close with a header at the near post which had to be headed over the crossbar.
45' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played.
43' Just a few minutes left on the clock now before the break, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
41' SAVE! Moe Wold gets forward from the right-back position, overlapping Hansen and getting into the penalty area, she receives the ball off her teammate and drills a low shot towards the near post, but Bouhaddi gets down well and makes a good stop.
40' Minde is really struggling at left-back for Norway, she is being beaten by Diani nearly every time and France are enjoying a lot of success down her flank. She needs some help from her teammates.
38' Norway have managed to quieten down the home support who want to see a few goals, like they did in the opening group game.
36' Mix up at the back for Norway! A deep cross comes into the box and Hjelmseth comes off her line to try and gather it, but she gets it all wrong and misses the ball completely. Luckily France are unable to capitalise on the error.
35' Both teams are giving the ball away far too easily when they get into good positions, handing the ball back to their opponents.
33' Good chance! Reiten finds space down the left wing and she gets to the byline, before dragging the ball back to Saevik on the edge of the box. However, she skies her shot high over the crossbar.
31' CLOSE! Gauvin again with the chance! Diani has been one of the biggest threats for France so far. Once again she gets free down the right wing, as her marker misjudges the flight of a long ball over the top. Guavin makes a run towards the near post and as Diani drills the ball across goal, but the striker just can't reach it. Inches away.
30' It's still goalless as we reach the half an hour mark in Nice, with both teams looking strong in attack and have had chances to score. Good pace to the game.
28' Le Sommer has scored 11 goals in her last 11 international appearances for France, including one goal in France’s 4-0 opening game victory over Korea Republic.
26' Norway look dangerous down the left wing, that is where they are getting most of their joy, with Reiten constantly getting forward and whipping balls into the box.
24' CHANCE! Gauvin with a good opportunity to put France ahead after Diani once again gets forward down the right, she squares the ball across goal to Gauvin, who has a tap in from close range, but she doesn't get enough power on it to beat Hjelmseth in the Norway goal.
22' Good move! Diani this time with a low cross into the box from the right after Norway give the ball away cheaply. Le Sommer almost gets on the end of the cross, but Norway manage to clear the ball just in time.
20' Good effort! Diani with a decent strike from the edge of the penalty area, after she is allowed time and space to fire a shot towards goal. However, it flies just wide of the Norway goal.
18' Another set piece opportunity for France, as Majri is fouled by Saevik deep down the left wing. So far they have failed to test the Norway defence from these positions.
16' It's a very open game at the moment, with both teams trying to play their game at a good pace and stretch their opponents on the counter.
14' CLOSE! Best chance of the game so far, with Engen getting on the end of a corner that was whipped towards the near post, she flicks it on and it has to be headed over the crossbar by Majri on the line. That was heading on target.
13' France look vulnerable at the back, with Norway chasing every ball down and forcing the mistakes in good areas of the pitch.
11' France won their second group stage game in both the 2003 and 2011 editions of the Women’s World Cup, although they lost their last such game in 2015, falling to a 2-0 defeat against Colombia.
9' CHANCE! Mix up at the back for France, as Renard and Mbock Bathy fail to deal with a high bouncing ball. Herlovsen keeps the pressure up and forces the mistakes, with Bouhaddi coming off her line to try and gather it, but Herlovsen gets there first and could've gone down in the box as the France keeper appears to clip her legs. However, she stays on her feet and goes for goal from a tight angle, but her shot goes well wide of the post.
8' This is better from Norway, they've managed to withstand the early French pressure and are now enjoying some poessession of their own in their opponents half.
6' Another couple of set pieces for France, but Norway defend them well and manage to clear the danger, dealing with the threat of Renard.
4' Good pressure early on by France, they are keeping the ball well and are pushing forward in search of an early goal. Norway are having to soak up the pressure at the moment.
2' France win a free-kick within the first minute of the game after Le Sommer is fouled around 25 yards out and it's a good opportunity to have an early chance at goal. The free-kick is whipped into the box and Henry tries to meet it at the far post, but she just can't quite get there in time and it goes out of play for a goal-kick.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
Both teams have made just one change to their starting XI, for France Gauvin replaces Cascarino in attack. Norway also make an attacking change, with Utland dropping out of the side and she has been replaced by Saevik.
NORWAY SUBS: Cecilie Redisch Kvamme, Emilie Haavi, Emilie Nautnes, Oda Marie Hove Bogstad, Amalie Eikeland, Stine Hovland, Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Lisa-Marie Utland, Frida Maanum, Therese Asland, Elise Thorsnes, Skinnes Hansen.
NORWAY (4-4-2): Ingrid Hjelmseth; Ingrid Moe Wold, Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir, Kristine Minde; Karina Saevik, Ingrid Engen, Vilde Risa, Guro Reiten; Isabell Herlovsen, Graham Hansen.
FRANCE SUBS: Viviane Asseyi, Charlotte Bilbault, Emelyne Laurent, Julie Debever, Eve Perisset, Solene Durand, Delphine Cascarino, Maeva Clemaron, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Aissatou Tounkara, Onema Grace Geyoro, Sakina Karchaoui.
FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Sarah Bouhaddi; Marion Torrent, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Amel Majri; Elise Bussaglia, Amandine Henry; Kadidiatou Diani, Gaetane Thiney, Eugenie Le Sommer; Valerie Gauvin
France will be backed by huge support in Nice tonight. Norway have not won their opening two group stage games at a World Cup in 20 years, since beating Russia and Canada in 1999 and going onto finish fourth.
Both teams got off to the perfect start in their opening games, with France beating South Korea 4-0 and Norway overcoming Nigeria 3-0, so the hosts just top the group on goal difference. This game seems set to be a much tighter affair.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group A Women's World Cup clash between France and Norway.