BFrance picked up their first three points at the on going FIFA Women’s World Cup following a 2-1 win over Brazil at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
For a team in need of points, it was no surprise that it was France who started the game on the front foot as the Brazilians struggled to keep pace with what the Europeans threw at them from the get go.
Herve Renard’s girls duly took the lead after just 18 minutes on the clock. Veteran striker Eugenie La Sommer was on hand to score France’s 1st goal at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after failing to score in their first game against Jamaica.
Kaidiatou Diani cushioned Salina Karchaoui floated ball into the box for La Sommer to head home, giving France the deserved 1-0 advantage. The goal which was the 34 year old’s 6th World Cup goals and her 90th international goal for her country couldn’t have arrived at a better time and occasion.
As much as Brazil tried to get a foot on the game, France held into their narrow advantage for the remaining minutes of the first half.
Brazil steped up a bit in the early stages of the second half and duly drew level in the 58th minute. In only her second shot on target, Debinha with a composed approach slotted home calmly.
The points eventually went France’s way as Wendie Renard scored the goals that won it late on. Unmarked at the far post, the France captain nodded in from a corner kick delivery by Selma Bacha.