France have qualified for the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals for the fourth edition in a row, having brushed aside Morocco on Tuesday with a comfortable 4-0 win.
The result was virtually wrapped up within the first 25 minutes of the game, as a flurry of goals in the space of 10 minutes put Hervé Renard’s team 3-0 up. The first, a header from close range by Kadidiatou Diani, before Kenza Dali swept home a second and Eugénie Le Sommer added another after a defensive mistake from the Atlas Lionesses.
Les Bleues then took their foot off the gas, with their spot in the last 8 guaranteed by then. They did add a fourth 20 minutes from time, as Le Sommer scored her double with a back-post header after some impressive work from substitute Vicki Becho on the right wing before sending in a cross. Next up for France, a quarter-final against the co-hosts Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
France player ratings:
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, 6
Eve Perisset, 5
Wendie Renard, 6
Élisa De Almeida, 6
Sakina Karchaoui, 7 – Her link-up with Bacha down the left was France’s main attacking outlet throughout the game, as shown in her assist for the opener. Also shut down any potential Moroccan threat on her side of the defence.
Grace Geyoro, 5
Sandie Toletti, 6
Selma Bacha, 6
Kadidiatou Diani, 7 – Continued her impressive form after her hat-trick against Panama, and was involved in all three first-half goals – scoring the first and assisting the two others. Completed an impressive one-two with Dali for France’s second, and then pressured the Moroccan defender into a missed clearance to set up Le Sommer.
Eugénie Le Sommer, 6 – Two close-range finishes for her 91st and 92nd France goals, but also some invaluable work as an outlet out wide – her partnership with Kadidiatou Diani continues to flourish.
Substitutes – Vicki Becho, Estelle Cascarino, Naomie Feller, Aïssatou Tounkara, Viviane Assyi.