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France 2019: Hosts France dispatch Brazil, awaits winner of USA vs. Spain clash


Hosts France are through to the last eight of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after beating Brazil 2-1. Valerie Gauvin, who had earlier had a goal ruled out by VAR, put France ahead after a fine run by Kadidiatou Diani.

Brazil forced extra-time after VAR ruled Thaisa’s goal legal and were almost certain for a penalty shootout but France captain Amandine Henry had other ideas as she directed Amel Majri's long free-kick past Brazil’s goalie for the winner.

The victory takes Les Bleues into the last eight and a tie with either the United States - the 2015 winners - or Spain in Paris on Friday.

Player of the match Amandine Henry admitted that Brazil gave them a difficult game.

“We know we can always do better but we were looking for a mental victory and we’re very happy with the outcome. It definitely wasn’t a walk in the park tonight. For the goal, I normally look to make a run to the back post but it worked out well. The thing I remember most is my team-mates jumping on top of me! Now we have to recover and get ready for the quarter-finals.”

For Brazil, despite giving France a major scare, this was the end of the road for the 2007 runners-up.

“I'm proud of our performance, the grit that we showed until the end," said Marta, Brazil's six-time world player of the year and scorer of a record 17 goals at World Cup finals.

Brazil coach, Vadao was hopeful that some of his experience players will stick around for a while.

“The entire match was incredible. It was very balanced. I think we’ve played four very good matches at this tournament and [losing] is just part of football. But we made it difficult for France today. We equalised and had a chance to go ahead, but we were never going to boss the game for the entire match because these teams are the best in the world. There is a renewal taking place but, going forward, there shouldn’t be too many changes. Players like Marta and Cristiane should be playing for a few more years yet.”
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