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Marie Laure Delie 1; Jennifer Ruiz og 9; Eugenie Le Sommer 13, 36; Amandine Henry 80
Mexico named two changes with Valeria Miranda and Greta Espinoza replacing Renae Cuellar and Bianca Sierra.
France made four changes from the team humbled by Colombia. Amandine Henry, Elodie Thomis, Marie Laure Deli and Amel Majri came in for Elise Bussaglia, Kenza Dali, Gaetane Thiney and Louisa Necib.
France would have wanted to have made a fast start, but they couldn’t have imagined the one they had. Elodie Thomis used her pace to break to the byline and her cross wasn’t dealt with by Mexico at the near post, the ball looped up kindly for Marie Laure Delie to head in their opener.
Eugenie Le Sommer tried to get onto the scoresheet minutes later, but she could only shoot over.
And then it was 2-0. Amandine Henry whipped in a corner to the near post where, under pressure from Wendie Renard, Jennifer Ruiz thighed the ball over the line.
Their third came minutes later. A quick passing move saw Camille Abily play Thomis into the box, she crossed to the near post where Le Sommer volleyed the ball into the far corner.
France then had a series of half-chances. Henry picked the ball up, ran at the defence before shooting just wide. A corner was then cleared to Henry who once again failed to find the target with her shot. A long bouncing ball never sat kindly for Thomis in the box which caused her to volley over.
But then they made it 4-0. Amel Majri whipped a free-kick into the box which Renard’s glancing header forced Cecilia Santiago into a reaction save. The ball fell to Delie whose shot came off Le Sommer’s chest and over the line. Although Delie’s effort was goal-bound, it was straight at the keeper who would have saved it, hence why Le Sommer was credited with the goal.
Mexico nearly gifted France a fifth early in the second half. Santiago’s clearance hit Le Sommer and deflected towards Delie whose snap shot went wide.
They could have pulled a goal back when Victoria Perez made room for herself before shooting and watched as the ball narrowly missed the top-left corner by centimetres.
But France kept on coming for more. Delie’s cross picked out Thomis who shot wide of the near post.
And then they made it 5-0. Henry received the ball, and with not much on, fired the ball into the top-right corner from just outside the area.
Mexico had one last chance to pull a goal back, but Renae Cuellar’s attempted lob was caught by Sarah Bouhaddi.
Amandine Henry – France
Mexico: (4-4-2) Cecilia Santiago, Kenti Robles, Alina Garciamendez, Greta Espinoza, Valeria Miranda, Nayeli Rangel (c) (Christina Murillo 83), Jennifer Ruiz, Stephany Mayor (Arianna Romero HT), Monica Ocampo, Charlyn Corral (Renae Cuellar HT), Victoria Perez.
Booked: Valeria Miranda 62, Victoria Perez 87.
France: (4-4-2) Sarah Bouhaddi, Jessica Houara, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard (c), Laure (Sabrina Delannoy 78), Elodie Thomis, Amandine Henry, Camille Abily (Elise Bussaglia 70), Amel Majri, Maire Laure Delie, Eugenie Le Sommer (Gaetane Thiney 63).
Goals: Marie Laure Delie 1; Jennifer Ruiz og 9; Eugenie Le Sommer 13, 36; Amandine Henry 80.