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.
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.
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|5||Luzija Grad||8||Sonia Bompastor|
|12||Jadranka Knezevič (GK) (C)||16||Sarah Bouhaddi (GK)|
|14||Anja Milenkovič||3||Ophélie Meilleroux (C)|
|7||Andreja Nikl||7||Gaëtane Thiney|
|2||Ksenja Povh||11||Sandrine Brétigny|
|17||Estera Vehar||4||Laura Georges|
|8||Mateja Zver||12||Caroline Pizzala|
|13||Manja Benak||9||Lilas Traikia|
|6||Polonca Govek||18||Elodie Ramos|
|4||Adrijana Bogolin||17||Élodie Thomis|
|3||Sasa Ljubec||1||Karima Benameur (GK)|
|1||Lucija Mori (GK)||13||Anne-Laure Casseleux|
|Tanja Lekic (SVN)||Bruno Bini (FRA)|
|Ann-Helen Østervold (NOR)|
|Hege Steinlund (NOR), Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)|
|Tanja Subotič (SVN)|