Play-off for final tournament, First leg - 11/09/2010 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Léo Lagrange - Besancon

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Stubborn Italy frustrate France

Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 23.51CET
France 0-0 Italy
Italy held out to frustrate France in the first leg of their play-off to set up a tense return in Gubbio on Wednesday.
by Cathia Roth
from Léo Lagrange stadium
Stubborn Italy frustrate France
Corine Franco (left) and Eugénie Le Sommer (second right) await a set-piece with Italy's Elisa Camporese (second leg) and Roberta D'Adda ©FFF

Match statistics


Goals scored0
Goal attempts7
Attempts off target5
Fouls committed15
Yellow cards1
Red cards0



Published: Saturday 11 September 2010, 23.51CET

Stubborn Italy frustrate France

France 0-0 Italy
Italy held out to frustrate France in the first leg of their play-off to set up a tense return in Gubbio on Wednesday.

France may have scored 50 unanswered goals in their ten straight FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group wins but they could find no way past Italy in the first leg of their play-off.

Les Bleues had slightly the better of the play and came close to breaking the deadlock late on but Italy, aiming to reach their first World Cup finals since 1999, held firm. They now have home advantage for the second leg in Gubbio on Wednesday.

In a quiet first half, an early Louisa Nécib free-kick troubled Italy goalkeeper Anna Maria Picarell and Gaëtane Thiney did break through the Azzurre defence a couple of times, though without creating a clear chance. On the hour mark, Melania Gabbiadini pounced on a misplaced Sandrine Soubeyrand pass only for Bérangère Sapowicz to save at her feet.

Marie-Laure Delie, who scored nine goals for France in qualifying despite never playing more than one half, was brought on and with five minutes to go was sent clear with only Picarelli to beat but shot over. In added time, fellow substitute Laure Boulleau forced Picarelli into a fine save to frustrate the impressive crowd of 9,154 in Besancon.

Home coach Bruno Bini said: "My players showed character, but with Italy's strong defence it was not easy to keep coming back to attack again and again."

Last updated: 12/09/10 17.16CET

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16Bérangère Sapowicz (GK)1Anna Maria Picarelli (GK)
4Laura Georges2Sara Gama
6Sandrine Soubeyrand (C)
Yellow Card90+3
3Roberta D'Adda
7Corine Franco4Alessia Tuttino
8Sonia Bompastor5Elisabetta Tona
9Eugénie Le Sommer7Giulia Domenichetti
10Camille Abily8Melania Gabbiadini
Yellow Card58
12Élodie Thomis
9Patrizia Panico (C)
14Louisa Necib
18Pamela Conti
15Élise Bussaglia20Raffaella Manieri
17Gaëtane Thiney23Elisa Camporese


1Céline Deville (GK)12Chiara Marchitelli (GK)
2Sandrine Dusang6Viviana Schiavi
3Laure Boulleau
10Tatiana Zorri
5Ophélie Meilleroux14Alice Parisi
11Sabrina Viguier15Alia Guagni
13Caroline Pizzala16Laura Neboli
18Marie-Laure Delie
19Carolina Pini


Bruno Bini (FRA) Pietro Ghedin (ITA)


Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

Assistant referees

Natalia Rachynska (UKR), Maryna Senikobylenko (UKR)

Fourth official

Karine Solana (FRA)


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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • France

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v Italy, 15 September 2010, 2-3
  • Italy

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v France, 15 September 2010, 2-3
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