France will face Germany in a mouth-watering quarter-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ after seeing off Korea Republic 3-0 in the Round of 16 at Canada 2015, courtesy of a blistering start by Les Bleues.
In similar fashion to France’s 5-0 victory over Mexico in their final group stage match, Les Bleues came out flying and took a 2-0 lead within eight minutes. Excellent build-up down the left side with combination play between Camille Abily and Laure Boulleau found Marie Laure Delie to open the scoring.
Minutes later, a similar sequence over on the French right between Elodie Thomis and Eugenie Le Sommer resulted in the No12 firing past Kim Jungmi and into the far corner. France remained on the front foot for the rest of the half, with the Koreans only managing to venture forward on rare occasions as their few efforts on goal sailed high and wide.
Delie and Le Sommer both had chances to further France’s lead before the break, but good saves from Jungmi and a half-volley that missed by mere inches kept the Koreans within reach.
Just minutes after the restart, however, a piece of individual brilliance from Le Sommer helped seal the victory for Les Bleues. Beating three defenders on a dazzling run down the left side of the penalty area, the No9 calmly slotted the ball back to Delie who scored her second with another straightforward finish.
Philippe Bergeroo’s side continued to dominate with the Koreans seemingly outmatched in every instance, despite their never-say-die attitude keeping the Taeguk Ladies’ supporters in Montreal applauding their efforts to the final whistle.
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