Women's Football

Delie double denies England victory

French team celebrates after scoring a goal

Marie-Laure Delie was on target twice as France recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with England in their international friendly at the Charlety Stadium in Paris.

Quickfire goals from Stephanie Houghton and Jill Scott had given Hope Powell’s team a healthy advantage at half-time, but Delie, who plays her club football with Montpellier, single-handedly brought the hosts level.

The draw, which was the visitors’ final match of the calendar year, extended England’s unbeaten run to five games. The French are now three games without defeat, their last reversal coming against Canada in the bronze medal match at London 2012.

France will take on the Netherlands in another friendly on Wednesday, while both teams will be eagerly anticipating the draw for the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship, which takes place on 9 November.

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