Late goals take France to summit

Published: Wednesday 31 October 2007, 15.56CET
Slovenia 0-2 France Elise Bussaglia and substitute Elodie Thomis struck in the final 20 minutes to take France three points clear of Iceland in Group 3.
 
Published: Wednesday 31 October 2007, 15.56CET

Late goals take France to summit

Slovenia 0-2 France Elise Bussaglia and substitute Elodie Thomis struck in the final 20 minutes to take France three points clear of Iceland in Group 3.

Two goals in the last 20 minutes in Slovenia took France to the top of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 3.

Three points clear
Slovenia surprised previously unbeaten Iceland 2-1 here in August, so France were taking nothing for granted despite their 8-0 success in Serbia at the weekend. And it seemed as if they would draw a blank until Elise Bussaglia opened the scoring and substitute Elodie Thomis confirmed the win with six minutes left to move France three points clear of Iceland.

Breakthrough
France were the dominant team from the start, but Slovenia held firm for the first half. Coach Bruno Bini brought on Thomis and Elodie Ramos, and a goal finally arrived when Bussaglia shot in from 25 metres. Thomis doubled the lead from a tight angle and France climbed above Iceland, who have a game in hand. Still, if France win their remaining fixtures – in Greece on 26 April, at home to Serbia two weeks later, and against Iceland on 27 September – they will top the group and qualify automatically for the Finland finals.

Last updated: 31/10/07 18.39CET

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Lineup

Slovenia

Slovenia

France

France

16Zorica Garič
Substitution86'
10Camille Abily
5Luzija Grad8Sonia Bompastor
12Jadranka Knezevič (GK) (C)16Sarah Bouhaddi (GK)
10Snežana Maleševič
Substitution87'
15Élise Bussaglia
Goal67'
18Petra Mikeln
Substitution68'
2Sandrine Dusang
Substitution73'
14Anja Milenkovič3Ophélie Meilleroux (C)
7Andreja Nikl7Gaëtane Thiney
2Ksenja Povh11Sandrine Brétigny
Substitution46'
17Estera Vehar4Laura Georges
8Mateja Zver12Caroline Pizzala
13Manja Benak9Lilas Traikia
Substitution46'

Substitutes

6Polonca Govek18Elodie Ramos
Substitution46'
9Nataša Petrovič
Substitution68'
6Sandrine Soubeyrand
4Adrijana Bogolin17Élodie Thomis
Substitution46'
Goal81'
15Natalija Golob
Substitution87'
5Sabrina Viguier
3Sasa Ljubec1Karima Benameur (GK)
1Lucija Mori (GK)13Anne-Laure Casseleux
Substitution73'
11Tjaša Tibaut
Substitution86'

Coach

Tanja Lekic (SVN) Bruno Bini (FRA)

Referee

Ann-Helen Østervold (NOR)

Assistant referees

Hege Steinlund (NOR), Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Tanja Subotič (SVN)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Slovenia

    Slovenia

    Next match womensworldcup: v Finland, 25 August 2010
  • France

    France

    Next match womensworldcup: v Iceland, 21 August 2010
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