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England out after France masterclass

Published: Thursday 18 July 2013, 23.30CET
France 3-0 England
The 2009 runners-up were eliminated after a dominant display by the Group C winners, Louisa Necib scoring on her 100th cap.
by Paul Saffer
from Linköping Arena

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Match statistics

FranceEngland

Goals scored3
 
0
Total attempts19
 
8
Attempts on target6
 
2
off target9
 
4
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners11
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
2
Fouls suffered2
 
4

Standings

Published: Thursday 18 July 2013, 23.30CET

England out after France masterclass

France 3-0 England
The 2009 runners-up were eliminated after a dominant display by the Group C winners, Louisa Necib scoring on her 100th cap.

Four years on from reaching the UEFA Women's EURO 2009 final, England made their first major group stage exit in eight years after a dominant performance from Group C winners France.

Les Bleues had already clinched top spot before today after beating Russia and Spain, and were free to put on a footballing exhibition to delight the sell-out stadium record 7,332 crowd. Eugénie Le Sommer got things going and Louisa Necib – brilliant on her 100th cap – and Wendie Renard ensured France secured the 11th straight win of their campaign, going through from the group without dropping a point or picking up a booking. They stay here to play Denmark on Monday.

France made six changes from the win against Spain that took them through but had the better of the early exchanges and Le Sommer hit the post in the eighth minute. And not long afterwards, Élodie Thomis won the ball and embarked on a long run, and although Stephanie Houghton tackled, Le Sommer shot in.

England manager Hope Powell had abandoned her long-held 4-2-3-1 formation with Toni Duggan making a first competitive start alongside Ellen White in a front two. However, the action was at the other end where Sandrine Soubeyrand slammed a shot just over while Thomis made Karen Bardsley save.

Sophie Bradley, returning from injury, then made a saving tackle on the livewire Thomis and Bardsley tipped a Gaëtane Thiney effort over. England, missing the injured Rachel Yankey, did have some useful possession late in the first half but rarely looked like levelling.

England introduced Jill Scott at the break but France, bringing on Camille Abily and Élise Bussaglia, immediately attacked and a Le Sommer shot was blocked. White did get herself into a shooting position but Renard tackled. France broke and Thomis shot over.

On the hour, Kelly Smith made an appearance, but within a couple of minutes it was 2-0, Le Sommer cutting in from the left and timing her run perfectly to set up Necib. Soon after Renard rose to head in a Necib corner and England's hopes were gone.

Player of the match: Louisa Necib

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

France

France

England

England

1
DevilleCéline Deville (GK)
1
BardsleyKaren Bardsley (GK)
2
RenardWendie Renard
Goal64
2
A. ScottAlex Scott
6
SoubeyrandSandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Substitution46
3
HoughtonStephanie Houghton
7
FrancoCorine Franco
5
BradleySophie Bradley
9
Le SommerEugénie Le Sommer
Goal9
6
StoneyCasey Stoney (C)
10
HenryAmandine Henry
Substitution60
7
AlukoEniola Aluko
Substitution60
12
ThomisÉlodie Thomis
8
AsanteAnita Asante
Substitution46
14
NecibLouisa Necib
Goal62
9
WhiteEllen White
15
HouaraJessica Houara
10
WilliamsFara Williams
Yellow Card76
17
ThineyGaëtane Thiney
Substitution46
14
CarneyKaren Carney
Substitution73
22
DelannoySabrina Delannoy
17
DugganToni Duggan

Substitutes

16
BouhaddiSarah Bouhaddi (GK)
23
ChamberlainSiobhan Chamberlain (GK)
21
BenameurKarima Benameur (GK)
13
BrownRachel Brown (GK)
3
BoulleauLaure Boulleau
4
J. ScottJill Scott
Substitution46
4
GeorgesLaura Georges
11
YankeyRachel Yankey
5
MeillerouxOphélie Meilleroux
12
ClarkeJessica Clarke
Substitution73
8
BussagliaÉlise Bussaglia
Substitution46
15
BassettLaura Bassett
11
SoyerJulie Soyer
16
NobbsJordan Nobbs
13
CatalaCamille Catala
Substitution60
18
SusiDunia Susi
18
DelieMarie-Laure Delie
19
BonnerGemma Bonner
19
BretignySandrine Bretigny
20
MooreJade Moore
20
AsseyiViviane Asseyi
21
BronzeLucia Bronze
23
AbilyCamille Abily
Substitution46
22
K. SmithKelly Smith
Substitution60

Coach

Bruno Bini (FRA) Hope Powell (ENG)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Tonja Paavola (FIN), Natalia Rachynska (UKR)

Fourth official

Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

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