France Survives, Sending Marta and Brazil to the Exit
LE HAVRE, France — On the brink of an early elimination from its house World Cup, France rebounded to defeat Brazil, 2-1 in additional time, within the spherical of 16 on Sunday on a purpose by its captain, Amandine Henry, within the second additional time interval.
With curiosity in ladies’s soccer hovering to unprecedented ranges in France throughout this World Cup, Les Bleues, because the staff is thought, gave it an opportunity to maintain spiking by reaching the quarterfinals, the place they are going to face the winner of Monday night time’s recreation between the United States and Spain.
Henry slipped behind her defender on a free kick to attain.CreditAlex Grimm/Getty Images
France has not displayed its finest type on this event. But Sunday’s slender victory, wherein Brazil threatened to attain on the finish of regulation and once more on the finish of the primary 15-minute extra-time interval, was the type that may settle an edgy staff’s nerves and convey the gamers collectively.
Valérie Gauvin, France’s heart ahead, scored her staff’s opening purpose within the 52nd minute. Thaisa, a Brazilian midfielder, answered within the 63rd minute with a purpose that was initially waved off due to an offside name however allowed after session with the video assistant referee.
V.A.R., which has been a persistent supply of frustration within the event and was a significant speaking level in England’s Three-Zero victory over Cameroon earlier within the day, additionally performed a task within the first half when it nullified an obvious French purpose that got here after a collision between Gauvin and Brazil’s goalkeeper, Barbara, as they converged on a cross.
Delphine Cascarino, left, and Thaisa, who scored Brazil’s purpose within the 63rd minute.CreditFrancois Mori/Associated Press
More than 4 minutes elapsed earlier than Gauvin’s purpose was overruled. But V.A.R. didn’t intervene within the two passages of play that finally determined Sunday’s match.
In the ultimate moments of the primary additional interval, Brazil’s Debinha broke free on the left wing and beat France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, however her low shot was kicked away on the purpose line by defender Griedge Mbock Bathy.
France then struck rapidly within the second additional interval when Amel Majri’s free kick discovered Henry, who had slipped behind her defender, Monica. Henry’s left-footed volley left Barbara with no probability to make a save, and Henry was quickly engulfed by her teammates.