Women World Cup: France narrowly beat Norway to maintain a perfect stat

France 2-1 Norway

France are “outsiders” for the Women’s World Cup, according to boss Corinne Diacre, despite the hosts all but securing a place in the knockout stage with victory over Norway.

A penalty by Eugenie Le Sommer, after Marion Torrent was fouled by Ingrid Syrstad Engen, earned France a second successive Group A win after Norway had looked like securing a point.

However, Diacre said her side’s display in Nice showed that France still have plenty of work ahead of them.

“We did what we had to do. We’re still outsiders for the tournament,” she said.

“We found some difficulties here and this match shows it. The World Cup is very complex.

“Little by little, along the way – that’s when you become the favourite.”

France top Group A with six points from two games – three ahead of second-placed Norway and third-placed Nigeria – with one group game left against Nigeria on Monday (20:00 BST).

Cheered on by a crowd of 34,872 in Nice, hosts France had to dig deep to seal victory against a determined Norway side.



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