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Viviane Asseyi scores from the penalty spot to bring the score to 2-0 against France



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Hege Riise’s second game at the helm of England Women ended in a 3-1 loss to France Women, despite an entertaining meeting in Caen.

France started the game quicker, showing plenty of rhythm on the wings as they pinned the England defense, who were without captain Steph Houghton.

It was the impressive Sandy Baltimore who broke the deadlock for France in the 32nd minute with a left-footed curling effort in the upper right corner, leaving Ellie Roebuck with no chance of reaching it.

France doubled their lead just after the hour mark as Rachel Daly conceded a penalty after knocking Elisa de Almeida into the box. It was up to Viviane Asseyi, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, to coolly replace the hosts, sending Roebuck the wrong way.

England rallied as Lauren Hemp and Lotte Wubben-Moy were introduced in the 65th minute and Hemp made an immediate impact, winning a penalty in the 78th minute as she was knocked down by Marion Torrent. Pauline Peyraud-Magnin was finally beaten by Fran Kirby who took over the spot.

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Women in England observed a minute of silence after HRH the Duke of Edinburgh passed away earlier on Friday

Within minutes Keira Walsh hit the post just inside the box as England looked to equalize quickly. But it was France which was able to capitalize on the counter-attack, Kadidiatou Diani crisscrossing the ball for Marie-Antoinette Katoto for the tap-in in the 81st minute.

Riise’s side haven’t been able to come up with answers for the past 10 minutes as a determined France saw the game come out, with the Lionesses now turning to another international friendly with Canada on Tuesday.

How France saw England

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Sandy Baltimore produced a superb finish for the France opener

It was a quick start for both teams, and each could have scored a first game. Baltimore threw a wonderful effort off the post, before Beth Mead forced a Peyraud-Magnin save after a smart run from Kirby.

France should have gone ahead after the 20 minutes as England failed to clear a corner. Roebuck – often so impressive in Manchester City goals – failed to connect with a punch, but Jill Scott nodded. But he only landed until Katoto, who has just lifted his effort above the crossbar.

England team news

  • Forward Ellen White was England captain in Steph Houghton’s absence.
  • Demi Stokes and Lucy Bronze have not made it to France as their minor injuries are both being monitored to ensure they can play in the next friendly against Canada on Tuesday.

From half an hour, England thought they had taken the lead. It was a superb game from Beth Mead, getting Ellen White home, but the Man City forward was well offside and the flag was up. A few minutes later, France took the lead. It was an amazing strike and curling from the impressive Baltimore, shooting in the upper right corner.

In an incredibly open first half, England continued to test the goalkeeper – Kirby and Nikita Parris both forcing weak saves from Peyraud-Magnin. France should have doubled their lead in extra time, but Everton striker Valérie Gauvin gave an effort to the face of goal at close range. Parris then shot just wide as the halftime whistle sounded.

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Viviane Asseyi scores from the penalty spot to bring the score to 2-0 against France

Niamh Charles made her debut as she arrived at halftime with Man City’s Chloe Kelly as England tried to atone for her first-half hiccups.

England had a few half chances at the start of the first 15 minutes, but it was France who had the best chance just past the hour mark. Baltimore made a run in midfield before passing Katoto, but forced a superb save from Roebuck. Kadidiatou Diani then crushed an effort from the top of the crossbar with a dull effort.

Rachel Daly was penalized for a foul to give France his penalty
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Rachel Daly was penalized for a foul to give France his penalty

And a few seconds later, France received a penalty. Daly went to regroup in De Almeida, as the French screams rose for a kick. The referee came, looking to draw a card, but broadcast the situation before discussing the decision with his linesman. She quickly indicated the spot – despite England’s protests – and substitute Asseyi scored the penalty at home.

In the 78th minute, England received their own penalty as the lively Hemp was pushed by Torrent. It was also a well-taken penalty from Kirby, sending Peyraud-Magnin the wrong way, continuing his fine club form with England.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto celebrates after scoring France's third goal
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Marie-Antoinette Katoto celebrates after scoring France’s third goal

The goal gave England a spark and they should have equalized a few minutes later. Hemp had another sensational run to the left before cutting the ball for Keira Walsh. However, she could only place her effort in the upright position, with France then leading to the other end of the pitch to restore their two-goal lead.

Charles was beaten by Diani’s run before throwing a squared cross into the area. Katoto waited in the six-yard box to come home, hitting England at their best of the game.

The Lionesses however pushed for another goal for the remainder of the game, showing signs of fighting under Riise as she continues to reflect on her Olympic team.

Analysis: No clinical peak cost in England

Nikita Parris reacts after a failure in the first half
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Nikita Parris reacts after a failure in the first half

Courtney Sweetman Kirk told Sky Sports News:

“The lack of clinical character was the big problem compared to France. As for France, their strength in depth is incredible, the lack of players in the first team did not seem to bother them, while I think it hampered England especially in They looked fragile and France was advancing , with their dynamism and pace, England really struggled to cope with that.

“I appreciate that there have been a lot of changes for the team and that the game against Canada will give them a better sense of where the team is. I think Lauren Hemp was fantastic when she came in she changed the game I was surprised not to see her go so I wouldn’t be surprised if she starts against Canada for her club form she has been fantastic.

“But be aware that the prevailing sentiment for me is just not clinical enough for England. They had 15 shots on goal and only 6 on target so it needs to improve, but maybe it’s just one of those days at the office. They didn’t play. together for a long time from Northern Ireland, they lack physical form and play together.

“So I hope that the game against Canada will fix it and that in the future they can bring the ball back to the net. “

And after?

England will play another international friendly on Thursday, hosting Canada Women at Bet365 Stoke Stadium; kick-off 7:15 p.m. Hege Riise will then name his team from the GB team for next month’s Olympics.

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