France defeated Norway 2-1 on Thursday (IST) in Group A clash of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, after they scored both their goals in the second half of the match.
Notably, this was France’s second win in the group stage of the tournament after they defeated South Korea in the tournament’s opening match by a good margin of 4-0.
The match, which was goalless at half time despite an energetic start from both the sides, went on to witness as many as three goals in the second half and kept the fans at the edge of their seats.
A minute into the second half, France’s Valérie Gauvin scored the first goal of the match. It is worth noting that the Gauvin did not feature in the starting XI against South Korea in the opening match.
Norway’s equalising goal wasn’t their own doing. It came from an own goal by Wendie Renard as her swift touch let her team down and the score line read 1-1.
However, it was Eugénie Le Sommer who converted a penalty into goal in the 72nd minute to bring the score 2-1 in favour of France
For her important goal and unmistakable presence on the field, Valérie Gauvin was adjudged the Player of the Match.
France will play Nigeria on 18 June, Tuesday and Norway will meet South Korea on the same day in their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 campaign ahead.