Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

France thrash Korea Republic 4-0 in tournament opener

France thrash Korea Republic 4-0 in tournament opener

The aforementioned seven were all part of the Lyon side that crushed Barcelona to win their fourth successive European crown in May, and three of those - Le Sommer, Renard and Henry - became France's goalscoring heroes in their thumping 4-0 victory over South Korea on the opening night of the 2019 Women's World Cup. Instead, we saw the players dancing together after goals, seeming to thrive off the palpable buzz of excitement at a sold-out Parc des Princes.

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"Personally I could not have dreamed of a better start", said Renard, the tallest player in the competition, as she admitted an emotional rendition of the French national anthem had lifted the home players. Drummers were stationed at the corner of Avenue du Parc des Princes and Rue Lecomte du Nouy, and their sound carried to the crowds waiting to enter at the gates.

"We won but this is just one step".

The domination began early, too, as France forward Eugenie Le Sommer got the first goal in the ninth minute. Before the ending of first-half, star midfielder Thiney fired another goal at 45th minute and gave her team a brilliant lead of 3-0 against Koreans.

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"She doesn't have much experience, and even though she gave up some goals, playing in a match like this should help her in the long run", the coach said.

Henry added her 12th worldwide goal off a pass from Le Sommer in the 85th minute.

"It really feels good on a personal level, but I think above all as a team, because these were very important goals", Renard said.

Korea found an opening on 77 minutes through Li Mina, who evaded the French backline before dragging her effort wide after going through one-on-one.

France finished with 21 shots (eight on goal) to South Korea's four (one on goal).

Diacre had surprised many when her roster did not include PSG's Marie-Antoinette Katoto, a 20-year-old who led French league in scoring.

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