France beat England 1-0 in Women’s World Cup

Moncton (Canada), June 10 (IANS) France kept their unbeaten run against England at the international level as they won 1-0 in a Group F match of the Women’s World Cup here.

Eugenie Le Sommer scored the only goal on Tuesday as she blasted a powerful 30-metre right-foot shot at the top of the penalty area in the 29th minute, reports Xinhua.

According to FIFA, France has not lost to England since 1974, including recent wins in the quarterfinal in Germany 2011 and in the group stage in Euro 2013.

In another Group F game, Colombia held Mexico to a 1-1 draw to make the group more complicated for advancing. Veronica Perez’s curled shot was palmed to the crossbar of Colombia goalkeeper Stefany Castano and bounced onto the ground. The goal-line technology shows the ball cross the line and Mexico went ahead 1-0 after 36 minutes.

Mexico seemed to pocket three points before Daniela Monyota fired the ball onto the crossbar and into the net to tie it (82nd minute).

Constant rain and wind made it difficult for both matches at Stadium of University of Moncton, which is 25 km to Canadian east shores.

In Group E in Montreal, Costa Rica forced a surprising 1-1 draw with Spain while Brazil lived up to expectation to beat South Korea 2-0.

Five-time World Player of the Year Marta scored Brazil’s second goal, her 92nd on the 93rd cap, to ensure the win for Brazil in the 53rd minute.

Formiga opened the scoreline after 33 minutes for Brazil in the last game of the first group stage round of the tournament.

In an earlier match at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, Vicky Losada put Spain ahead after 13 minutes, a milestone goal for the newcomers.

Before the celebration cooled down, Costa Rica fought back from the re-start to set up Raquel Rodriguez in the penalty area to have an easy score for 1-1.

The tournament takes one-day rest on Wednesday before the start of the second round for six groups.

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