Error message

  • Notice: Undefined index: nid in views_handler_field_term_node_tid->pre_render() (line 98 of /var/www/html/docroot/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/
  • Notice: Undefined index: nid in views_handler_field_term_node_tid->pre_render() (line 98 of /var/www/html/docroot/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/


France captain Wendie Renard scores dramatic late game-winner to take down Brazil

BRISBANE — Captain Wendie Renard's header seven minutes from time earned France a dramatic 2-1 win over Brazil at Brisbane's Lang Park on Saturday as Herve Renard's side picked up their first win in Group F of the Women's World Cup.

The defender met Selma Bacha's corner with a firm downward header that bounced back up off the turf and beyond goalkeeper Leticia to give the French all three points after opening their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Jamaica last Sunday.

"We're delighted with the win today," said Eugenie Le Sommer, who scored France's opener in the first half. "We were up against a brick wall after the draw against Jamaica.

"What for us is the most important was to take the three points today.

"Nothing was perfect, however I think that the game plan was stuck to and the most important thing for us was to come away with the win."

France move onto four points from their first two games, one point ahead of a Brazilian side who had kicked off the tournament with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Panama.

Le Sommer, France's all-time leading scorer, gave her side the perfect start in the 17th minute, moments after seeing Leticia keep out her first effort at full stretch.

But there was little the Brazilian goalkeeper could do about Le Sommer's opener as she steered her header in after Sakina Karchaoui's arcing ball from deep on the left was headed back across goal by Kadidiatou Diani.

The Brazilians squandered the opportunity to level midway through the first half when Adriana shot wildly off target having set her sights on the top corner following Debinha's layoff.

It took until the 58th minute for Pia Sundhage's side to equalize, with Debinha pouncing to calmly slot beyond Pauline Peyraud-Magnin after Kerolin's initial attempt was deflected into the striker's path by Le Sommer.

But with seven minutes remaining France's increased pressure paid off when Renard thumped her header into the Lang Park turf and the ball bounced beyond Leticia to earn her team a much-needed victory.

"I'm disappointed in our first half," said Sundhage. "I think we were well prepared, everything up to then had been good but I could not make them play the way they played in the practice before or get connected.

"One of our strengths is to get connected and we could not. Second balls, loose balls the France players they were so much faster and quicker to get there."

(Reporting by Michael Church, editing by Christian Radnedge)

Videos you might like