Thursday, 27 July 2017

Women's Euros: France Progress To Quarter-Finals

A late free-kick from Camille Abily sent a 10-woman France through to the women's Euro quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.

In Breda, Switzerland took the lead on 19 minutes when Eve Perisset was sent off for bringing down Ramona Bachmann and Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic slammed in a header from the ensuing free-kick. In the 76th minute, Abily's free-kick somehow slipped through the fingers of Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann, following Crnogorcevic's foul on Eugenie Le Sommer.
France started on a high, with Claire Lavogez's blast saved by a diving Thalmann. But things got complicated as Perisset left the pitch in tears, with France struggling against the solid Swiss defence.
Thalmann kept out Abily's low shot, while Swiss skipper Lara Dickenmann saw an effort repelled by Sarah Bouhaddi. After the equaliser, France held off Switzerland's pressure, with Crnogorcevic firing wide and Bachmann shooting straight at Bouhaddi.

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