France made a spectacle of Ghana with a 4 – 1 routing of the West African side in the opening match at the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in France which commenced Sunday.
The Princesses of Ghana came up against the host nation France in their first group[A] game of the tournament but were beaten four one at the end of regulation time.
The hosts started the match poised to get the three points at all cost. They kept bumping forward whiles dictating play. As early as the 6th minute Emelyne Laurent opened the deadlock to put France in front. From there on the game dragged a bit of end to end action.
Hélène Fercocq scored the second goal of the day for France on the 27th minute before Emelyne Laurent scored her second of the day on the 32nd minute to complete her brace. The game ended halftime with the host having score three times.
Ghana started the second half very well as they possessed the ball better and created a couple of chances in their bid to get back into the game. Their improvement of the first half performance paid off on the 58th minute when striker Sandra Owusu Ansah went round the France goalkeeper and slotted home from close range.
From there on it was end to end staff as the two sides tried to control the tempo of the game. France eventually scored their fourth goal to put the game to bed. Defender Sandy Baltimore pounced on a loose ball in the 6 yard box to get her name on the score sheet.
The game ending four one in favor of France as they handed Ghana a heavy defeat.
Netherlands beat New Zealand 2-1 in another Group A encounter, their first-ever win in the history of the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Fenna Kalma scored the opening goal for the Dutch in the 28th minute, while Hannah Blake got their equaliser right before half-time.
Van Deursen scored the winning goal for the Dutch 12 minutes from time.
Mexico edged out Brazil 3-2 in the competition’s opening game.
Katty Martinez and Jacqueline Ovalle (brace) scored both goals for Mexico, while Kerolin Nicoli got Brazil’s two goals in the Group B fixture.
That lead lasted just two minutes, however, as the dangerous Kerolin Nicoli scored the first of two first-half goals to make it 1-1.
Alessio Russo scored twice as England beat reigning champions 3-1 in another Group B game at the Stade du Clos Gastel.
Georgia Stanway got the Lioness other goal, while Ja Un-Yong netted Korea’s only goal of the game.