Wendie Renard came out with a late winner as France win the huge Brisbane battle against Brazil. The veteran defender’s header sent Les Bleus top of Group F and settled France vs Brazil FIFA Women’s World Cup encounter. Eugenie Le Sommer’s first-half opener was equalized by Debinha early in the second half. Brazil were brilliant in their opening-match win over Panama, while France played a boring goalless draw with Jamaica. Brazil expected to take the game away from their European opponents. But it didn’t go according to their plan and France came out as the winner of the clash deservedly.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France vs Brazil Match Report
Le Sommer was a constant danger to the Brazilian backline and she kept on pushing them to go more defensive. She forced Leticia into a brilliant save a couple of times. The goal came in the 17th minute when Kadidiatou Diani won the first header, and Le Sommer showed her striker’s instinct to make the free space for herself and glance the ball home. France deserved the lead and they got it. Brazil got some opportunities in the first half but they were not clinical. In a match like this, half chances are also very crucial and it got proved again.
The second half saw Brazil come roaring back in the clash. Debinha provided them with the equalizer in the 58th minute. She took control of a deflected Kerolin shot, assessing the angles, and slotted home her first Women’s World Cup goal. Brazil thought they had claimed a hard-earned draw. The importance of set pieces was once again reinforced in the game’s decisive moment. Renard, one of the game’s greatest-ever in such situations came forward for a corner and smashed into the far corner of the net. The goal broke Brazilian hearts and took France to the summit of Group F, one point clear of their beaten opponents.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France vs Brazil Live Blog
Starting XI | 3:00 P.M. (IST)
- Peyraud-Magnin; Perisset, Lakrar, Renard, Karchaoui; Dali, Geyoro, Toletti, Bacha; Le Sommer, Diani
- Subs: Durand, Fazer, de Almeida, Majri, Mateo, Tounkara, Le Garrec, Asseyi, Feller, Cascarino, Becho, Picaud.
- Leticia; Antonia, Rafaele, Lauren, Tamires; Ary Borges, Adriana, Luana, Kerolin; Debinha, Geyse
- Subs: Barbara, Kathellen, Andressa, Ana Vitoria, Marta, Bruninha, Duda, Beatriz, Monica, Angelina, Gabi Nunes, Camila Gomes.
National Anthems | 3:25 P.M. (IST)
The teams are out. The National Anthems are all set to start
France vs Brazil: Live Blog | Kick Off | 3:30 P.M. (IST)
France gets the ball rolling. Here we goooooo!!!!.
France vs Brazil: Live Blog | 5′
The Les Bleues are keeping possession at the moment.
A Breezy start | 10′
France are looking quite dangerous while moving the ball into Brazil’s box
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France vs Brazil | 17′ | Goallllll!!!!.. for France
Le Sommer gives the lead to the Les Bleues. A clever guided header ended in the back of the net.
Chance Wasted | 23′
Adriana opens her body and attempts to steer into the top right. High and wide. A huge chance wasted.
Another Chance Wasted | 30′
Debinha wedges the free kick straight into Peyraud-Magnin’s arms. Easy for the keeper.
Brazil are not looking Clinical | 33′
They wasted the corner in the process of trying something more stylish.
It’s still 1-0 | 35′
France are enjoying possession but they have to score one more at least before the half time to put more pressure on Brazil before coming into the second half.
Additional first-half minutes | 45′
There will be three additional first-half minutes.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France (1) vs Brazil (0) | Half-time
A deserved half-time lead for Les Bleues.
France vs Brazil: Live Blog | Second half Kick Off | 46′
Brazil gets the second half underway. No changes.
France on the move | 51′
Bacha drives down the left and nearly gets past Antonia. The Brazil full-back blocks out for a corner.
Brazil keeping the possession | 54′
Brazil are seeing more of the ball in this second half.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France vs Brazil | 58′ | Goallllll!!!!.. for Brazil
Debinha takes a touch before firing a shot across Peyraud-Magnin and into the right-hand side of the net. Brazil finally gets their equalizer.
Substitution for France | 65′
Le Sommer makes way for Becho.
Yellow Card | 69′
Karchaoui is booked for fouling Andressa.
Wasted opportunity | 77′
Karchaoui strips Ary Borges of possession and moves down the middle of the park. She tries to slip Becho free. The pass is all wrong and dribbles through to Leticia.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France vs Brazil | 83′ | 2nd Goallllll!!!!.. for France
France gets the lead back as Renard’s header finds the back of the net.
France vs Brazil: Live Blog | 89′
Brazil can’t get hold of the ball at the moment.
Additional second-half minutes | 90′
There will be seven additional minutes.
Free kick for France | 90+5′
Monica gets busy down the right and briefly threatens to break clear, but eventually loses possession and clanks over-eagerly into Bacha.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: France (2) vs Brazil (1) | Full-time
France beat Brazil at the World Cup again. Brazil were much improved in the second half, but France were the deserving winner over them. They will now go into their final game against Panama as the strong favourites to win Group F.