Frustrated France held to goalless draw by Jamaica

Herve Renard
France manager Herve Renard was unhappy with a heavy tackle from Khadija Shaw in the first half
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France suffered a frustrating start to their Fifa Women’s World Cup campaign as they were held to a goalless draw by Jamaica.

Herve Renard’s side could not break down a disciplined Jamaica, for whom star striker Khadija Shaw was sent off in stoppage time.

The Reggae Girlz held on for their first Women’s World Cup point amid heavy rain at Sydney Football Stadium.

The French must now regroup for their meeting with fellow Group F favourites Brazil on 29 July.

France came close to scoring in the first half when Kadidiatou Diani had a near-post drive scooped away by Becky Spencer before a deflected effort which flashed past the post.

Diani twice headed narrowly wide before hitting the crossbar and post late in the second half, but Jamaica were roared on to a draw by the locals and neutrals as the latest smaller nation to impress at these finals.

French optimism dampened in Sydney rain

Having fallen at the quarter-finals in the past three World Cups, this has been pegged as the tournament for France to go deeper.

After the tempestuous Corinne Diacre reign – ended in March when Wendie Renard and several team mates threated not to play at the World Cup at all – good feeling had returned around the French camp under new manager Herve Renard.

Renard, who masterminded Saudi Arabia’s extraordinary win over Argentina at the men’s World Cup, has brought in an attacking 4-3-3 formation to bring the best out of his immensely talented squad.

But they were blunted in Sydney by a Jamaica defence which pressed hard and well, never allowing Diani or Eugenie le Sommer enough time or space to work their magic.

Rising star Selma Bacha – winner of four Champions League titles with Lyon by the age of 22 and very impressive at Euro 2022 – missed this game with injury but should return for the key meeting with Brazil. France cannot get her back soon enough.

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France

  1. Squad number16Player namePeyraud-Magnin

  2. Squad number2Player nameLakrar

  3. Squad number3Player nameRenard

  4. Squad number20Player nameCascarino

  5. Squad number7Player nameKarchaoui

  6. Squad number12Player nameMatéo

  7. Squad number8Player nameGeyoro

  8. Squad number6Player nameToletti

  9. Squad number10Player nameMajri

  10. Squad number11Player nameDiani

  11. Squad number9Player nameLe Sommer

  1. Squad number15Player nameDali

  2. Squad number23Player nameBècho

Jamaica

  1. Squad number13Player nameSpencer

  2. Squad number19Player nameWiltshire

  3. Squad number17Player nameSwaby

  4. Squad number4Player nameSwaby

  5. Squad number14Player nameBlackwood

  6. Squad number21Player nameMatthews

  7. Squad number8Player nameSpence

  8. Squad number3Player nameSampson

  9. Squad number10Player nameBrown

  10. Squad number20Player namePrimus

  11. Squad number11Player nameShaw

  1. Squad number2Player nameWashington

  2. Squad number6Player nameSolaun

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Peyraud-Magnin
  • 2Lakrar
  • 3Renard
  • 20Cascarino
  • 7Karchaoui
  • 12MatéoBooked at 14minsSubstituted forDaliat 66′minutes
  • 8Geyoro
  • 6Toletti
  • 10MajriSubstituted forBèchoat 66′minutes
  • 11Diani
  • 9Le Sommer

Substitutes

  • 1Durand
  • 4Fazer
  • 13Bacha
  • 14Tounkara
  • 15Dali
  • 17Le Garrec
  • 18Asseyi
  • 19Feller
  • 21Picaud
  • 22Périsset
  • 23Bècho

Jamaica

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Spencer
  • 19Wiltshire
  • 17Swaby
  • 4Swaby
  • 14Blackwood
  • 21MatthewsSubstituted forSolaunat 71′minutes
  • 8Spence
  • 3Sampson
  • 10Brown
  • 20PrimusBooked at 24minsSubstituted forWashingtonat 71′minutes
  • 11ShawBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Schneider
  • 2Washington
  • 5Plummer
  • 6Solaun
  • 7McNamara
  • 9Simmonds
  • 12van Zanten
  • 15Cameron
  • 16Bailey-Gayle
  • 18Carter
  • 22McKenna
  • 23Brooks

Live Text

  1. Match ends, France 0, Jamaica 0.

  2. Second Half ends, France 0, Jamaica 0.

  3. Foul by Kenza Dali (France).

  4. Drew Spence (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Attempt saved. Kenza Dali (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Attempt saved. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vicki Bècho with a cross.

  7. Second yellow card to Khadija Shaw (Jamaica) for a bad foul.

  8. Wendie Renard (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Khadija Shaw (Jamaica).

  10. Kadidiatou Diani (France) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Vicki Bècho with a cross.

  11. Attempt missed. Maëlle Lakrar (France) with an attempt from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kenza Dali with a cross following a corner.

  12. Corner, France. Conceded by Tiernny Wiltshire.

  13. Attempt blocked. Khadija Shaw (Jamaica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Corner, Jamaica. Conceded by Estelle Cascarino.

  15. Hand ball by Sakina Karchaoui (France).

  16. Corner, France. Conceded by Drew Spence.

  17. Attempt missed. Wendie Renard (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sakina Karchaoui with a cross following a corner.

  18. Corner, France. Conceded by Tiernny Wiltshire.

  19. Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Delay in match because of an injury Khadija Shaw (Jamaica).

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