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France sink England in penalty shoot-out

Published: Saturday 9 July 2011, 20.45CET
England 1-1 France (3-4 pens)
France are through to the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals after overcoming Hope Powell's side on penalties in Leverkusen.
France sink England in penalty shoot-out
France's players mob Élise Bussaglia after her late equaliser against England spared them defeat in the FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final ©Getty Images

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Goals scored1
Attempts on target3
Attempts off target4
Fouls committed14
Yellow cards4
Red cards0



Published: Saturday 9 July 2011, 20.45CET

France sink England in penalty shoot-out

England 1-1 France (3-4 pens)
France are through to the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals after overcoming Hope Powell's side on penalties in Leverkusen.

France can look forward to a semi-final against either Brazil or the United States on Wednesday after a hard-fought victory against England in Leverkusen, which required a sudden death penalty shoot-out to divide the two sides.

England were within two minutes of victory in normal time after Jill Scott had opened the scores against the run of play in the 59th minute, but a wonderful strike by Élise Bussaglia gave Bruno Bini's side a lifeline. Extra time could not divide the two sides and so the match was decided by penalties, Faye White hitting the bar with the final effort after Camille Abily and Claire Rafferty had both failed from the spot.

Though France dominated the match, they almost fell behind as early as the first minute when Kelly Smith broke into the area and rounded Céline Deville but Laura Georges blocked her goalbound effort. Les Bleues soon settled, however, and looked the likelier scorers in the first half, Gaëtane Thiney forcing a fine save from Karen Bardsley on 25 minutes and Louisa Necib sending a rising shot just over soon afterwards from similar range.

England were struggling and Bardsley was lucky her attempted clearance ricocheted over her net after Marie-Laure Delie charged her down. She was also relieved that Sandrine Soubeyrand's 12-metre effort flew wide. It seemed only a matter of time before France scored, and yet it was Hope Powell's side who took the lead when Scott sent a looping shot from 20 metres over Deville.

France threw everything at their opponents in search of an equaliser, Delie shooting over after 66 minutes, Élodie Thomis denied at the near post by Bardsley with five minutes left, and Ellen White clearing Laure Lepailleur's header off the line seconds later. But England were unable to prevent Bussaglia's curler from flying in off the post.

With Faye White and Kelly Smith struggling with injuries France continued to threaten in the additional half-hour, although Karen Carney and Ellen White both squandered chances. With five minutes to go Eugénie Le Sommer missed with a close-range header but the coup de grace had merely been postponed.


Last updated: 10/07/11 1.33CET

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1Karen Bardsley (GK)
Yellow Card87
1Céline Deville (GK)
2Alex Scott
4Laura Georges
3Rachel Unitt
6Sandrine Soubeyrand (C)
4Jill Scott
Yellow Card90+4
8Sonia Bompastor
5Faye White (C)10Camille Abily
6Casey Stoney11Laure Lepailleur
8Fara Williams
Yellow Card5
14Louisa Necib
9Ellen White
Yellow Card77
15Élise Bussaglia
10Kelly Smith17Gaëtane Thiney
11Rachel Yankey
18Marie-Laure Delie
12Karen Carney20Sabrina Viguier


13Rachel Brown (GK)21Laetitia Philippe (GK)
21Siobhan Chamberlain (GK)16Bérangère Sapowicz (GK)
7Jessica Clarke2Wendie Renard
14Eniola Aluko3Laure Boulleau
15Sophie Bradley5Ophélie Meilleroux
16Stephanie Houghton
7Corine Franco
17Laura Bassett9Eugénie Le Sommer
Substitution106 ET
18Anita Asante
12Élodie Thomis
19Dunia Susi13Caroline Pizzala
20Claire Rafferty
19Sandrine Bretigny
Substitution106 ET


Hope Powell (ENG) Bruno Bini (FRA)


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Assistant referees

Anna Nyström (SWE), Helen Karo (SWE)

Fourth official

Christina Westrum Pedersen (NOR)


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