France came from a goal behind to beat Argentina 3-1 in Santiago on Wednesday and put themselves through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008. The result, spurred in large part by the fine play of Eugenie Le Somme, also banished Argentina to an early exit from these youth finals.
It was the Europeans that were asking all of the early questions, putting Argentina under heavy pressure from the start. But it was the South American who managed to get the ball in the net first. After the French wasted a handful of clear chances in the early going, the Albiceleste made them pay just before the half. Florencia Jaimes headed home a Carina Nunez free kick in the 42nd minute to put the Argentines ahead well against the run of play and with virtually their only chance of the opening period.
The second half saw the Europeans finally find their form and touch in front of goal, with Eugenie Le Sommer leading the way. Twenty minutes into the period, the equaliser finally came. Charlotte Loze dashed up the right side and delivered a brilliant cross that Le Sommer who slammed home on the full volley to level the score.
Spurred on by a fine qualiser, the French continued to heap pressure on the demoralised Argentines. On 80 minutes, Melissa Plaza sent Le Sommer clean through on the goal and the in-form striker made no mistake hammering home from 14 yards out.
The French weren't done yet and Julie Machart poked home from close range deep into stoppage time to seal 3-1 win for France, who finish second in Group B behind section winners the USA, who lost to China in their last game.