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France beats Norway 2-1 to make it 2 wins out of 2 at Women's World Cup

France recovered from a terrible own goal to beat Norway 2-1 on Wednesday as the host nation remained undefeated at the Women's World Cup.
Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after video review determined Ingrid Syrstad Engen had fouled Marion Torrent in the area.
Valerie Gauvin, benched in France's opening 4-0 win over South Korea, broke the deadlock after halftime but Norway tied when Wendie Renard turned a cross into her own net.
Renard, considered one of the best defenders in the world, appeared to be in tears as she raised her face to the sky in anguish.
France moved three points ahead of Norway in Group A. Nigeria was also three points behind France, which is vying to become the first nation to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time.
Norway, which won the competition in 1995, is playing without Ada Hegerberg. The 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men's and women's teams.
Germany 1, Spain 0
As Germany clung on for another 1-0 win at the Women's World Cup, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg could sense the unease in her team. And considerable relief in edging past Spain.
So when the final whistle blew, the coach quickly gathered her players on the field.
"There was some tension," she said. "I told my players we pushed our limits."
The way her side lost possession of the ball still grated. But Voss-Tecklenburg ultimately reminded the squad to be proud and united in the pursuit of a third world title.
The Germans are finding it far from easy going at the start of Group B, relying on Sara Dabritz's goal in the 42nd minute against the run of play to prevail against the skillful Spanish.
"In the last 15 minutes in the first half," said defender Sara Doorsoun, "we came together and said, 'OK be more self-confident.'"
Dabritz had the confidence to be in the right place to pounce.
After goalkeeper Sandra Panos couldn't keep hold of Alexandra Popp's header, Dabritz got on the end of the loose ball and bundled it into the net.
"We were playing some great football," Spain coach Jorge Vilda said through a translator, "and in the end some mistakes cost us dearly against a strong side."
Until that point, the confident passing, the intensity and much of the verve had been coming from Spain in heavy rain.
"When we got the ball they put a lot of pressure on our defense," Doorsoun said. "It was definitely tough to get the ball."
Playing in only their second World Cup, the Spanish were more than just equals to a second-ranked team that has made at least the quarterfinals in all eight editions of the FIFA tournament.
What was missing was the ability to complete well-worked moves with a goal.


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