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France tops Norway with help from controversial VAR call

NICE, France -- The French women's national team needed a bit of help from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to ensure that it maintained its perfect start to the 2019 Women's World Cup, as it defeated Norway 2-1 in an eventful group stage match.

Following Valerie Gauvin's opening strike just one minute into the second half and Wendie Renard's bizarre own goal, France was searching for a winner. The opportunity came in the 70th minute, when Ingrid Engen caught Marion Torrent, and it was deemed enough...

France overcome shock own goal to beat Norway

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Wendie Renard said her own goal in a 2-1 win over Norway on Wednesday came as reminder that France need to keep their feet on the ground if they are to claim their first Women's World Cup title.

Centre-back Renard deflected Isabell Herlovsen's cross into her own goal as Norway equalised following Valerie Gauvin's opener, five days after the Olympique Lyonnais player had scored a double in a 4-0 win over South Korea in the opening Group A game.

"It shows that you need to keep your feet on the ground,"...

VAR used for first time in women's football in Cup opener

PARIS -- History was made Friday night during the opening game of the Women's World Cup in Paris between France and South Korea when the video assistant referee was used for the first time in women's football.

Referee Claudia Umpierrez disallowed Griedge Mbock Bathy's goal for France in the 26h minute after the VAR, led by Mauro Vigliano, showed she was offside by a few centimetres. The French centre back had hit a wonderful right foot volley after a flick by Wendie Renard. Les Bleues celebrated...