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French centurions in fine fettle

Published: Saturday 5 November 2005, 13.07CET
Austria 1-3 France Marinette Pichon and Sandrine Soubeyrand both marked their 100th caps with goals as France revived their campaign.
by Christian Châtelet
from Paris
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Published: Saturday 5 November 2005, 13.07CET

French centurions in fine fettle

Austria 1-3 France Marinette Pichon and Sandrine Soubeyrand both marked their 100th caps with goals as France revived their campaign.

Marinette Pichon and Sandrine Soubeyrand both marked their 100th caps with goals as France revived their 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with victory in Austria.

Back to form
France began their bid to reach the finals for the second edition running with a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to the Netherlands on 24 September. But against a team who have beaten Hungary but lost to Group 5 pacesetters England and the Netherlands, Les Bleues were back to form.

Pichon equaliser
However, another shock was on the cards seven minutes in when Nina Aigner scored from the penalty spot after Natascha Celouch was fouled in the box. But this time Elisabeth Loisel's side were able to respond and 17 minutes later Pichon celebrated her century with her 78th international goal.

Soubeyrand double
The visitors were dominant, and three minutes before the break led as Soubeyrand also capped her landmark appearance by scoring, adding another for good measure in the 56th minute.

Hungary visit
Les Bleues will now welcome Hungary to Blois on Wednesday with the aim of joining the English and Dutch on six points. Their vital trip to England - who defeated Hungary 13-0 recently - follows on 26 March 2006. Austria's next qualifier is also in England on 20 April.

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