Women's football in spotlight as France launch World Cup

08 Juin, 2019, 18:22 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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England's starting XI for the Wembley match against Germany in 2014

Among other teams represented on Friday's Google Doodle are players from Chile, Scotland, South Africa and Jamaica, countries all making their Women's World Cup debut in 2019.

'I still see a lot of the players now. I moved to Lyon knowing the semi-final and the final were going to be played in my kind of home city.

France took the lead in the ninth minute and were 3-0 in front at half-time, having another goal disallowed for offside after a VAR review. "We will try to win the game but we will have to accept the result whatever happens", their coach, Yoon Deok-yeo, said modestly. "We have six more to go and we need to keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard".

Captain Amandine Henry, impressive throughout, wrapped up the win late on in the Group A encounter, watched by French President Emmanuel Macron and Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino.

France coach Corinne Diacre struck a note of caution as she warned: "This is just one step".

"I refused myself any emotion tonight. It means we are capable of doing it", added Diacre, a former French global who previously coached Clermont in the men's second division.

"For me, 2016 was really big for this team because we bowed out really early, earlier than we ever had in a major tournament", USA star striker Alex Morgan said of the early Olympic exit during a Thursday press conference in London.

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The 2019 Women's World Cup is in progress!

If France did win it all, the country would be the first to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time.

Despite that, the president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, has set the team the objective of going all the way to the final.

"A full stadium with a good atmosphere". "I think that's what's great about the women's game: the gap between the top and the bottom has really just continues to close over the years and this is the tightest that it's ever been".

Organisers said on Thursday that 950,000 tickets had been sold overall and may have miscalculated when they chose to stage a large proportion of the matches in stadiums with a capacity of 25,000 or less. "The stadiums are nearly all full".

Germany are also serious contenders and they open their campaign on Saturday against China in Rennes in Group B.

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