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France performance highlights cracks

Les Bleues made it two wins from two with a 2-1 victory over Norway in Nice but the tournament hosts failed to impress as they had in Paris.

Although it needs to be stated that Norway are a very different team from South Korea and Nice, even at night, possesses a different climate, France struggled to replicate their opening night performance. A team that’s has its own issues with both style and substance, Norway gave a strong account of themselves, especially over the first half but allowed the hosts to open the scoring early in the second half.

The goal, borne of a lapse of concentration in the Norwegian defence, was fast cancelled out by… a lack of concentration in the French defence with Wendie Renard putting the ball into her own net. The game controversially decided by an unappealed for penalty given by VAR.

Although France got over the line – and were inarguably the better team, especially in the second half – the match lacked the same panache and oomph as the first. Just two games into the tournament that France have been hotly tipped to win (or go deep in) and the cracks are beginning to show for a team with such a poor history when it comes to mental strength.

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