Agency, 13 June : France scored a controversial VAR-awarded second-half penalty to defeat Norway 2-1 and all but confirm their spot in the last-16 of the Women’s World Cup.
Eugenie Le Sommer scored her 12th international goal in as many appearances in the 72nd minute, after Marion Torrent was adjudged to have been fouled by Ingrid Engen, at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
Corinne Diacre’s France, viewed as one of the favourites, took the lead through Valerie Gauvin straight after half-time, before a calamitous own goal from Wendie Renard saw Norway drew level.
France now top Group A with six points from two games, three clear of Norway and third-placed Nigeria, who they play in their final group game on Monday.
Norway, who are one of just four teams to have won the competition, meet South Korea at the same time.
Germany solid but hardly spectacular in win over Spain at Women’s World Cup
Sara Daebritz scored the only goal of the game as Germany beat Spain 1-0 in their Women’s World Cup Group B match on Wednesday to all but secure a spot in the next round.
The two-time champions, who beat China in their group opener, are on six points, with Spain in second on three. China and South Africa, who play each other on Thursday, have no points. Spain had more possession, but Germany looked more dangerous despite missing the injured Dzsenifer Marozsan.
Daebritz grabbed the winner on the rebound in the 42nd minute, sliding in to push the ball over the line after Spain keeper Sandra Panos had blocked an Alexandra Popp header.
Spain made the better start and went close to scoring early on but Nahikari Garcia failed to beat Almuth Schult when one-on-one with the Germany keeper.
Germany are unbeaten in their last 14 matches, the longest run of any team in France. Germany play South Africa next while Spain take on China.
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