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France (W) - Korea Republic (W)
Women's World Cup - 7 June 2019
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What a start for France. They were fantastic. They turned in a performance befitting of their status as one of the favourites for this Women's World Cup. In truth, they were do dominant that the scoreline doesn't quite reflect what we watched over the whole 90 minutes. So very impressive.
- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: France 4-0 South Korea
This is now the biggest opening game win for a host nation at the Women's World Cup since 1991 (China). France have one minute left to claim that record for themselves and themselves only.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Henry has embodied the standard of this performance from France. They have dominated things from start to finish and she has been the one controlling the match in the centre of the pitch.
- OffSeol-Bin JungKorea Republic (W)
- OnMin-Ji YeoKorea Republic (W)
South Korea also make a change in light of the fourth goal, although it will be in vain at this stage.
- OffGaëtane ThineyFrance (W)
- OnGrace GeyoroFrance (W)
France make their third and final change after the fourth goal and on comes Geyoro.
- GoalAmandine HenryFrance (W)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! France 4 (85 mins - Amandine Henry) South Korea 0. Another wonderful goal from France who have kicked off their Women's World Cup campaign in style! Henry lined up the strike from 20 yards out and fired home a strike into the top corner of the South Korean net. What a goal!
Bouhaddi makes a save! That's the first time that the French goalkeeper has had to make a stop from a South Korean shot. However, Lee's effort was never really going to cause much trouble.
Le Sommer is holding her ankle after a late tackle from one of the South Korean players. That will be a slight worry as the French attacker has struggled with injury of late. Hopefully not serious.
This could have been a humiliating scoreline for South Korea. It looked likely at half time with France three goals to the good. But the second half has been something of a procession.
What an atmosphere at the Parc des Princes!
There has been more fight about South Korea in the last five minutes or so. They are pressing higher on France and forcing them to play their passes just that little bit quicker.
Bussaglia shoots wide! That would have been a lovely fourth goal for the host nation. The passing play around the edge of the box was neat, but Bussaglia sends her effort wide.
Big chance for South Korea! That would have given them a late lifeline. A mistake from Renard allowed Lee through on goal, but from a one-on-one position she sends her shot wide of the far post.
Next up for France after this will be a match against Norway on Wednesday night. They, as one of the tournament favourites, will be expected to win that one as they were this evening.
Majri was an injury doubt for France heading into this opening group fixture so it's certainly a positive that she not only lasted 70 minutes, but was such an influential figure.
- OffAmel MajriFrance (W)
- OnÈve PérissetFrance (W)
Another French change. Majri comes off. She had a very good first half.
Gauvin might have started this game for France had she not turned up late for training during the week. She now has an opportunity to prove why she deserves to start the next match.
- OffDelphine CascarinoFrance (W)
- OnValérie GauvinFrance (W)
Cascarino comes off for France and on comes Gauvin for the last 20 minutes.
First shot! South Korea get an effort away on goal for the first time this evening. Kang had time and space 20 yards out, but she sends her powerful strike over the crossbar! That was a half chance.
- OffYoung-Ju LeeKorea Republic (W)
- OnMin-A LeeKorea Republic (W)
Another change for South Korea and Lee comes off for the team that finds themselves 3-0 down.
On this basis, France will be a difficult team to topple at this Women's World Cup. They have so much control. South Korea have barely had a touch of the ball over these 66 minutes.
The second half hasn't quite lived up to the first. France came flying out of the blocks in the opening 45 minutes, but they have been able to slow their sprint to a canter since the restart.
PICTURE: Renard has two goals in this opening match.
Over an hour into the match and South Korea are yet to muster a single shot on goal. They might claim that last effort was a cross, but if we are being truthful it was a cross. No doubt.
Decent cross! That's the first thing Bouhaddi has had to do all evening! Kang got forward and crossed into the penalty box, but the French goalkeeper catches and gathers the bal comfortably.
France have taken their foot off the pedal in this second half. You get the feeling that they could have scored a couple more had they keep going at the pace of the opening 45 minutes.
France have played over 400 passes in this match with a pass completion rate of 86%. They have controlled this match from the very first whistle and they will likely do it to the last whistle.
It's all France in this second half. It's never really been in doubt that France would lose or even draw this match. South Korea can only hope that the scoreline stays respectable.
Strike from Henry! The ball fell to the French number six 20 yards out, she struck it well, but it was straight at Kim in the South Korean goal. That was a decent effort from Henry. Not bad.
It must be said that South Korea are doing a better job of plugging the gaps at the back. They are working hard, it's just that all their hard work is going in on the defensive side of the ball.
France are quite happy at the moment just to knock the ball around with ease. They aren't testing South Korea, not in the final third anyway, but the hosts look comfortable with this.
- OffYu-Mi KangKorea Republic (W)
- OnChae-Rim KangKorea Republic (W)
Indeed, here's the switch and Kang comes off to be replaced. Kang (of the Chae-Rim variety) will get close to 40 minutes here.
It looks like South Korea might be about to make a change here. They stuck with things for the start of the second half, but things still aren't working. Probably the correct decision.
PICTURE: Mbock Bathy thought she had scored a stunner.
What is so impressive about France is that while they have so much talent, it's their work rate that makes them so difficult to play against. South Korea haven't been able to lay a glove on them.
There have been a number of standout performers for France so far. Renard, of course, has two goals, but Majri has also impressed, with Henry and Le Sommer catching the eye as well.
No changes made by either side at the break. South Korea must up their levels in this second half, though. They have to do a better job of keeping the ball and marking from set pieces.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at the Parc des Princes! France have a 3-0 lead over South Korea in this Women's World Cup opener.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: France 3-0 South Korea. That was the best possible start for France. They are living up to the billing as one of the tournament frontrunners. South Korea haven't been able to cope with them.
- GoalWendie RenardFrance (W)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! France 3 (47 mins - Wendie Renard) South Korea 0. It's three! And it's a second for Renard! The defending from South Korea was poor once again, but Renard still had a lot to do to guide her header from a corner kick into the back of the net from about eight to 10 yards out. France are in total control!
Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
This isn't an exaggeration - I reckon South Korea have kept the ball in the opposition half (meaning more than two passes) just twice in this first half. They have been distinctly second best.
Le Sommer's movement is fascinating to watch. She is constantly on the move - dropping deep, making the run in behind, asking for the ball to feet, drifting out to the wide areas.
France are so effective at switching the ball from one wing to the other. They are finding pockets of space in the final third. South Korea are struggling to track the runs of their forwards.
Henry is the one controlling things in the centre of the pitch. If France are to stand a chance of winning this Women's World Cup then she will be crucial to their hopes. Integral.
Majri is having a great game so far. The France left back is being afforded so much freedom to stride forward and that is creating space for others in the final third of the pitch.
South Korea need a rethink at the half time interval. This was always going to be tough for them against one of the tournament favourites, but their game plan just isn't working so far.
Of course, there's only so much you can do to stop Renard in the box when the delivery is right, but nonetheless, the defending from South Korea was really poor for that second goal.
- GoalWendie RenardFrance (W)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! France 2 (35 mins - Wendie Renard) South Korea 0. France have a second goal and this one won't go to VAR! Renard gets in between two South Korean markers and powers a header into the back of the net! The giant French central defender didn't even need to jump! She just strolled in there!
Fingertip save! That was close to being a second goal for France! Majri played the pass in behind for Le Sommer, whose touch set her up nicely. Kim makes the save to deny her a second, though!
This is how close it was!
Mbock Bathy is surely gutted that her goal was ruled out! What a way that would have been to mark the opening game of the tournament. It would have been one of the goals of the WWC!
So France are still well on top, but they don't have the two-goal lead that they thought they had. South Korea got away with one there. Make no mistake, though, more goals are coming.
GOAL RULED OUT! Well, after a very lengthy delay the officials have decided to rule out Mbock Bathy's stunning volley! One camera angle showed that her foot was JUST offside. That's harsh.
First VAR check! The referee is holding up the restart of the match as the officials check the VAR footage of this goal. There's no offside here, is there? We are still waiting. Strange.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! France 2 (27 mins - Griedge Mbock Bathy) South Korea 0. What a stunning goal! France have a two-goal lead! France played a short corner, with the cross clipped to the back post. Renard then headed the ball across the six yard box and Mbock Bathy finished it with an astonishing volley!
South Korea just can't make the ball stick in the attacking third of the pitch. France are doing a very good job of suffocating them whenever they cross the halfway line. Well on top.
That's twice in the past five minutes that South Korean have given up possession far too cheaply inside their own half. That is just inviting unnecessary pressure on top of themselves.
PICTURE: France celebrate Le Sommer's opener.
Worth a try! That was audacious from Mbock Barthy. The ball spun up into the Parisian air, but the French number 19's spectacular overhead kick flies over the crossbar. Decent effort.
That's where Renard poses a threat. France win a corner kick and get the tall centre back up from the back. Majri's delivery into the penalty box is cleared from danger, though.
Henry is the one who is picking up the ball off the toes of the central defenders and driving it forward. Of course, it was her pass that set up the opener for Le Sommer. Great player.
That was a waste. South Korea won a corner kick, their first of the match, but Jung puts her tame delivery into the side netting. They need to make more of those set piece opportunities.
France have so much threat in the wide areas. They are dominating so much of the ball that Torrent and Majri are being allowed to surge high up the pitch in their roles as full backs.
South Korea just don't have an out ball at the moment. They are looking to play the ball into Jung as the lone forward, but France, particularly Renard, are just crowding her out.
There is quality all the way through this French team. From back to front, they have the look of tournament frontrunners. South Korea will have a tough job breaking down their defence.
South Korea look very nervous at the back. They are now taking the opportunity to knock the ball around the defence, but France are forcing them into mistakes with the high press.
This has been a hugely impressive start from France. They are certainly living up to their tag as joint favourites for this tournament. This could be a long evening for the South Koreans.
- GoalEugénie Le SommerFrance (W)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! France 1 (9 mins - Eugenie Le Sommer) South Korea 0. It's an opening goal for the host nation and it's a beauty! The pass from wide down the right by Henry was perfect and Le Sommer smashes a finish into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar! France are up and running.
Strong start from the hosts - they've already had a couple of shots and they are dominating possession.
- 1st Half
The Women's World Cup is OFFICIALLY under way. Let's see whether hosts France can see off the challenge of South Korea in Group A!