Welsh women fall to France despite valiant World Cup qualifying effort – .

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Welsh women fall to France despite valiant World Cup qualifying effort – .


Wales The women were beaten 2-0 by group leaders France in their World Cup qualifying match at Guingamp on Tuesday night.

Unbeaten so far in qualifying, Gemma Grainger’s team traveled to Brittany with full knowledge of the facts against a French team ranked fifth in the world.

Wales held their own for much of the game, however, a momentary lack of focus at the end of the first half allowed Kadidiatou Diani to capitalize and put the hosts ahead at the break.

Wales sounded in the second half and did not appear to be disturbed when striker Kayleigh Green was sent off for a second yellow card in the 69th minute.

Pushing hard for a late equalizer, Jess Fishlock nearly snatched a point from the visitors in stoppage time as his shot hit the post.

Sensing an opportunity to wrap up the game, France broke the counterattack and Selma Bacha struck home to seal France’s victory.


Defeat shows how far Wales has come

Speaking after the match, Wales coach Gemma Grainger said: “I’m disappointed but we are competing in a 10-man game and we almost equalized against France.

“Although I’m disappointed I’m so proud that we’re in a position where we wanted to be, and I forgot we were at 10 players, and that tells you where we are in terms of progress. “

Natasha Harding said: “For us now we have to build confidence in this game.

“If we had 11 players on the pitch, the result would have been a little different.

Commenting on Kayleigh Green’s second campaign red card, Grainger said, “I’m disappointed with the red card.

“We need to focus on the things we can control, and we all need to learn from that.

“When we go into 2022 and into the second half of this campaign, we can prevent these things from happening. “

The result leaves Wales second in the qualifying group, five points behind France but two ahead of Slovenia.

Wales are now waiting until April to welcome France in the next qualifying round, before heading to Kazakhstan.


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