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Marie Laure Delie (4, 48), Elodie Thomis (8)
France named one change from the side that thrashed Mexico, with Louisa Necib replacing Amel Majri.
South Korea made three changes. Kim Sooyun, who scored the goal that sent them into the Last 16, replaced Kim Hyeri. Kim Doyeon replaced the suspended Hwang Boram. But the big shock came with Lee Geummin replacing 2014 WSL Player of the Year Ji Soyun.
France gave South Korea a stern warning in the 2nd minute when Elodie Thomis whipped a ball into the box, but they just managed to clear.
But in the 4th minute, France took the lead as they made another fast start to a game. A lovely incisive passing move allowed Laure Boulleau to break into the box, she passed to Camille Abily who then picked out Marie Laure Delie who made weak contact on her shot, but the ball squirmed over the line at the far post.
South Korea nearly created a chance as Kang Yumi crossed the ball into the box, but Sarah Bouhaddi punched clear ahead of Park Ensun.
Then France doubled it a lead. A lovely one-two between Thomis and Eugenie Le Sommer sent Thomis into the box and she fired the ball past Kim Jungmi from close distance.
The restart summed out South Korea’s approach. From the half-way line, Park Ensun shot but it turned out more like a simple pass.
France kept on coming. Louisa Necib floated a free-kick into the box and Wendie Renard’s flicked header is cleared by Kim Jungmi’s punch through a crowd of players. In the challenge, the keeper was elbowed by her own player Park Ensun, and require six minutes of treatment on a black eye.
South Korea nearly created a chance out of nothing. Jeon Gaeul’s free-kick was poor as it went straight to Bouhaddi who under no pressure spilt the ball, but Renard reacted quickly to clear the ball.
The pressure kept on coming from France. Bolleau’s cross goes through two defenders and to Le Sommer who shot just wide with her left foot. Then Le Sommer played Delie into the box, but her shot was superbly saved by Kim Jungmi. And then, from a corner, Renard just headed wide.
South Korea started the second half strongly. Lee Geummin did brilliantly to make space for Cho Sohyun who tries from distance, but her effort goes wide.
But in the 48th minute, France effectively killed the game. Boulleau played Le Sommer into the box who used her strength to hold off a challenge to reach the byline, she then passed out Delie who was left with a simple finish to score her second goal.
A period of South Korean pressure developed. Yoo Younga had two shots blocked before Renard cleared behind for a corner.
France nearly scored a fourth. Jesica Houara broke down the right, her cross picked out Delie who set up Thomis, but she volleyed over.
South Korea then came their closest to a goal. Bouhaddi cleared the ball straight to Yoo Younga whose 20-yard shot forced the keeper into a great save to tip the ball over.
France created one more chance late in the second half, as a quick passing move set up Kheira Hamraoui, but she shot over.
Amandine Henry – France
France: (4-4-2) Sarah Bouhaddi, Jessica Houara, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard, Laure Boulleau, Elodie Thomis, Amandine Henry, Camille Abily (Kheira Hamraoui 77), Louisa Necib, Eugenie Le Sommer (Gaetane Thiney 74), Marie Laure Delie (Kadiddiatou Diani 84).
Goals: Marie Laure Delie (4, 48), Elodie Thomis (8)
Booked: Kheira Hamraoui 80.
South Korea: (4-2-3-1) Kim Jungmi, Kim Sooyun, Shim Seoyeon, Kim Doyeon, Lee Eunmi, Kwon Hahnul (Lee Sodam 60), Cho Sohyun, Kang Yumi (Park Heeyoung 78), Lee Geummin, Jeon Gaeul, Park Eunsun (Yoo Younga 55).
Booked: Lee Eunmi 33, Lee Geummin 85.