• Sunday Jul 24, 2016

    France edges Canada in women’s friendly

    Action from the women's international friendly between visiting Canada (red jersey) and France  on July 23, 2016, in Auxerre. (Photo courtesy of Fédération Française de Football)

    AUXERRE, France – The France women’s national team scored in the first half off a set piece and earned a 1-0 win over visiting Canada in an international friendly on Sunday before a crowd of 17,589 at the Stade de l'abbe-Deschamps.

    It was the final warm-up match for each side ahead of next month Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Brazil.

    Camille Abily struck for the only in the 36th minute, when she was fouled outside the area on the left side and then curled the subsequent free kick into the top left corner from 25-yards out. 

    The host had an opportunity earlier to take the lead, but Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe made a diving save in the 24th minute to thwart Claire Lavogez. 

    The CONCACAF power emerged from the break to generate a trio of solid opportunities.

    In the 55th minute, Diana Matheson – after a superb first touch inside the penalty area -- forced a save from goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.

    A minute later, Bouhaddi raced out to collect, but missed, a long ball. Canada was able to work the play back to the outstanding Jessie Fleming, only for her attempt to be cleared by a French defender.

    Finally, in the 57th minute, a Janine Beckie goal was disallowed for offside, following her effort to capitalize on Fleming’s initial effort.

    Labbe blocked a shot by Elodie Thomis in the 90th minute to prevent France from adding an insurance goal.

    Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Deanne Rose bid to level went wide from six-yards out.

    Canada returns to action on August 3 for its Rio 2016 opener against Australia in San Paulo, Brazil.

    International Friendly

    July 23, 2016: Stade de l'abbe-Deschamps – Auxerre, France (Att: 17,589)

    France-Canada 1-0 (1-0)

    Camille Abily 36’

    France: Sarah Bouhaddi; Sakani Karchaoui, Sabrina Delannoy, Wendie Renard, Jessica Houara D'Hommeaux, Amandine Henry, Kheira Hamraoui (Kenza Dali 78’), Claire Lavogez (Louisa Cadamuro 60’), Camille Abily (Elise Bussaglia 60’), Kaddiatou Diani (Elodie Thomis 60’), Marie-Laure Delie (Clarisse Le Bihan 82’). Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

    Canada: Stephanie Labbe; Ashley Lawrence, Shelina Zadorsky, Kadeisha Buchanan, Rhian Wilkinson (Allysha Chapman 59’), Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt (Deanne Rose 59’), Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie (Nichelle Prince 84’), Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson (Josee Belanger 71’). Head Coach: John Herdman

    R: Vivian Peeters (Netherlands)


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