ROTHERHAM, England (Reuters) -France secured their place within the quarter-finals of the Girls’s Euros with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Group D on Friday in a sport that helped break the document for the very best attended version of the event in historical past.
The 8,173 crowd on the New York Stadium lifted the mixture attendance to date at this yr’s finals to 248,075, beating the earlier greatest from 2017 (240,055) at simply the midway level.
Corinne Diacre’s France aspect, one of many event favourites, took the lead within the sixth minute when Kadidiatou Diani arrived on the far publish to move in Sakina Karchaoui’s deep cross.
Les Bleus dominated however have been wasteful in entrance of objective. They have been punished within the thirty sixth minute when Belgium captain Tessa Wullaert put via ahead Janice Cayman who slid to get a toe on the ball and despatched it previous goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, the staff’s first contact within the opposition field.
That shock equaliser didn’t deter France, nevertheless, as simply minutes later one other header, this time from defender Griedge Mbock Bathy, restored their lead earlier than halftime on Bastille Day.
The French had extra probabilities within the second half however lacked the medical edge to extend the benefit over their opponents, who have been watched by Belgium males’s staff supervisor Roberto Martinez within the crowd.
They got a delicate penalty late on for handball by Belgium substitute Amber Tysiak when Grace Geyoro’s shot hit her arm, despite the fact that it was low and near her aspect.
Tysiak was despatched off for a second reserving however France captain Wendie Renard had her spot-kick saved by Nicky Evrard after which missed the rebound.
Belgium can nonetheless attain the knockout part as they’re third within the group, one level behind Iceland who earlier drew 1-1 with Italy to earn their second level.
France, who’ve six factors, will end prime however could have issues over key ahead Marie-Antoinette Katoto who went off injured early within the first half.
Italy are backside of the group with one level.
(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Modifying by Ken Ferris)