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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,"...

Hegerberg-less Norway canter past Nigeria

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Norway cruised to a 3-0 victory in their Group A opener Saturday.

Ada Hegerberg was not needed as Norway kicked off their women's World Cup Group A campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday in Reims, France.

Without Ballon d'Or winner Hegerberg, who quit international football in 2017 due to a dispute with her home federation, the 1995 champions relied on goals by Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland and an own goal by Osinachi Ohale to prevail.

The result put Norway in second place in Group A behind hosts France, who thrashed South...

Why you won't see Ada Hegerberg, the world's best player, at the Women's World Cup

It has been two years since striker Ada Hegerberg, 23, informed the Norwegian soccer federation that she would not play for her national team until she saw more tangible progress toward equal working conditions and overall support for the women's program. She has never wavered in that decision, despite some initiatives by Norwegian officials, and will watch the 2019 Women's World Cup from home this summer.

But it won't be a vacation, as she told ESPN.com senior writer Bonnie D. Ford earlier this...