International overview: Dali and France routed North Macedonia


Kenza Dali and her France teammates scored eleven goals past North Macedonia to lead Group G in their qualifying pool for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021.

In a match that saw France register 46 shots and 79% possession, the home side led 5-0 at half-time thanks to Eugenie Le Sommer’s brace and goals from Valerie Gauvin, Elisa de Almeida and Kadidiatou Diani.

West Ham midfielder Dali was introduced in the 68th minute, eight goals clear of his side, after Grace Geyoro scored twice and Viviane Asseyi scored, before Le Sommer caught two more. and Delphine Cascarino won the heavy victory.

The categorical victory puts France at the top of Group G on goal difference, having won all five qualifying matches so far.

Elsewhere, Martha Thomas came off the bench to help Scotland secure a 3-0 home win over Albania.

Irons No. 9 were named among the Scottish submarines, who took the lead before half-time thanks to Rachel Corsie.

Thomas would enter the fray on time, replacing former West Ham striker Jane Ross, before two arrivals from Caroline Weir sealed the victory. Scotland sit second in Group E with wins from their three qualifiers so far.

Courtney Brosnan won her second Republic of Ireland cap, starting between the sticks of her country in a 1-0 loss to Ukraine. A qualification that could have secured second place in Group I for the Irish, but Aine O’Gorman’s own goal in the 25th minute gave the home team all three points.

The Republic of Ireland will now have to beat Germany in their final qualifying game in December to secure a place in the play-offs. Forward Leanne Kiernan was an unused replacement for the team.

Finally, Katerina Svitkova left the bench for the Czech Republic in a 4-0 away loss to Spain. The defeat leaves the Czechs in third place in Group D, with two qualifying matches remaining.



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