Early France Goals Ruin England Ladies’ Chances of Glory!

England women’s hopes of Cyprus Cup final glory were blown away in a first-half blitz by old foe France in Nicosia.
Early goals from Gaetane Thiney and Camille Abily set the French on the road to victory long before the half-time whistle had sounded, and extended their stranglehold on the fixture. England couldn’t get back into the game, with the match finishing 2-0.

England have not beaten France since 1974, and have suffered major disappointments at their hands in recent years having gone out to them in both the 2011 World Cup and 2013 European Championships.

The French got off to the best possible start when, having already hit the post through Louisa Necib’s third-minute half-volley, they took the lead with just six minutes gone.

Elodie Thomis used her pace out wide to cross for Thiney to prod home the opening goal. There was worse to come for Mark Sampson’s side with 18 minutes played when Abily’s angled shot beat keeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

England managed to reach half-time without further mishap, but the second half proved a largely fruitless affair as their efforts to fight their way back into the game came to nothing.