Women World Cup: Dilemma for France as potential U.S. clash looms

France Women Football Team celebrating after their win against Norway (Photo Credit: Reuters on Google)
France Women Football Team celebrating after their win against Norway (Photo Credit: Reuters on Google)

France’s last group game against Nigeria at the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be a double-edged sword as a draw will see them advance as top of Group A.

This will also send them towards a likely quarter-final clash against the U.S.

Les Bleus laboured to a 2-1 win against 1995 champions Norway on Wednesday after thrashing South Korea 4-0 in the tournament’s opening game last Friday.

The three-times world champions are widely expected to also progress top of their group after claiming a record 13-0 victory against Thailand.

The draw shows that Group A and Group F winners, if they win their last-16 match, will face each other for a place in the last four on June 28.

“We saw them against Thailand. Very strong team, we know that. But it’s still far away and we feel that the fans are behind us, they’re pushing us. We’ll see,” said defender Marion Torrent.

The prospect of facing the U.S. does not seem to worry coach Corinne Diacre, who does not want to see past the June 17 match against African champions Nigeria in Rennes.

“I take it game by game. We want a perfect record,” she said.

“We are still underdogs (in the competition). We’re not favourites at all.”

France, however, beat the U.S. 3-1 in their last encounter in January and at home, the support for Les Bleus has been fulsome.

There were 34,872 fans at the Allianz Riviera for an official capacity of 35,624 on Wednesday and the Parc des Princes was sold out for the opener last week.

The French team have also attracted record viewers, with 9.4 million watching on TF1 on Wednesday after 9.83 million tuned in for the opening game.

With others watching the games on Canal Plus, more than 10 million watched both France matches.(Reuters/NAN)

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