SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Two second-half goals from Magnaba Folquet, including one from a scoreless header, helped France beat Canada 3-1 at the Women’s Under-20 World Cup years of FIFA, Sunday at the Estadio Nacional in Costa Rica. .
While Canadian coach Cindy Tye’s players controlled possession well, it was France who did the most damage when they got it, earning 10 shots on target to Canada’s two. France were credited with 29 shots attempted, against five for Canada.
France, who had a goal disallowed in the second minute of added time in the first half after being ruled offside, went on the scoreboard in the 51st minute and then added an insurance scorer 14 minutes later.
Esther Mbakem-Niaro added a third goal for France in the 88th minute.
Canada’s Olivia Smith scored in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to spoil France’s shutout attempt.
Both teams entered this match from Group C with records of 0-1. Canada lost 2-0 to South Korea on Thursday, while France lost 1-0 to Nigeria also on Thursday.
Canada, eliminated from the World Cup with the loss, will face undefeated Nigeria on Wednesday, while France will face South Korea.
“The kids have taken everything we’ve thrown at them and they’ve grown through this tournament, but now they’ll rest up and get back to facing Nigeria in a few days,” coach Tye said.
“I have no doubt they will come forward again when they face Nigeria because I know they will continue to improve and we will grow again.”
KEYS: Nigeria were pressed by South Korea 1-0 in an earlier Group C match on Sunday to take top spot in the pool with two wins and six points. South Korea has one win and three points, joining France with one win and three points. Canada, which scored just one goal in Costa Rica, has two losses and no points.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 14, 2022.
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