France stroll to victory in Greece

Published: Wednesday 23 April 2008, 18.01CET
Greece 0-5 France
An impressive display gave the visitors a victory that keeps them in pole position to reach next summer's finals from Group 3.
by Vassiliki Papantonpoulou
from Athens
France stroll to victory in Greece
Elodie Thomis was one of France's goalscorers in Greece ©Getty Images 2005
Published: Wednesday 23 April 2008, 18.01CET

France stroll to victory in Greece

Greece 0-5 France
An impressive display gave the visitors a victory that keeps them in pole position to reach next summer's finals from Group 3.

An impressive away performance gave France an emphatic 5-0 win in Greece and keeps them in pole position to reach UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ in Finland.

Dominant side
The visitors were the dominant side throughout the game at the Giannis Pathiakakis Stadium in Athens and the win moves them six points clear in qualifying Group 3. Bruno Bini's players had to settle for just a one-goal advantage at half-time when captain Sandrine Soubeyrand struck in the 38th minute but more was to come after the interval as the away side picked up the pace.

Late flurry
Candie Herbert, who was making her first appearance for the national team two-and-a-half years after winning her last cap, doubled France's lead four minutes after the break and Sonia Bompastor made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 70th minute. Two goals in the last five minutes, from Corinne Petit and Elodie Thomis, put the final gloss on the result. Greece, who have played four games to France's six, have three points and are joint bottom of the section. The home side's head coach Dimitrios Batsilas said: "We knew that France are a level above us and that was obvious on the pitch. We need to play well against Slovenia and Serbia in order to keep our qualification hopes alive."

Last updated: 23/04/08 21.27CET

Related information

Team profiles

Related match

Lineup

Greece

Greece

France

France

1Anastasia Velli (GK)16Sarah Bouhaddi (GK)
2Anna Patesti
Substitution80'
3Ophélie Meilleroux
3Kyriaki Kynossidou4Laura Georges
7Ekaterini Tsiapanou6Sandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Goal39'
8Aspasia Skiada7Corine Franco
Goal85'
9Anthoula Arvanitaki
Substitution73'
8Sonia Bompastor
Goal70'
10Natalia Chatzigiannidou (C)12Élodie Thomis
Goal90'
11Dimitra Panteliadou
Substitution85'
13Sandrine Brétigny
Substitution46'
14Anastasia Papadopoulou14Louisa Nécib
Substitution75'
16Magdalina Tsoukala17Gaëtane Thiney
21Maria Adamaki18Candie Herbert
Goal49'
Substitution54'

Substitutes

12Aikaterini Falida (GK)1Céline Deville (GK)
4Eleni Kakambouki2Sandrine Dusang
5Vassiliki Lazana5Sabrina Viguier
Substitution75'
6Efthichia Michailidou
Substitution80'
9Lilas Traikia
15Kalomoira Kontomichi
Substitution73'
10Camille Abily
Substitution54'
17Danai-Eleni Sidira
Substitution85'
11Laëtitia Tonazzi
18Panagiota Chalkiadaki15Élise Bussaglia
Substitution46'

Coach

Dimitrios Batsilas (GRE) Bruno Bini (FRA)

Referee

Sandra Braz Bastos (POR)

Assistant referees

José Ramalho (POR), Alfredo Augusto Fernandes Braga (POR)

Fourth official

Evgenia Kaskantiri (GRE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Greece

    Greece

    Next match womensworldcup: v Scotland, 21 August 2010
  • France

    France

    Next match womensworldcup: v Iceland, 21 August 2010
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA Women's Champions League logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.