Le Sommer nets winner as France shades England


France celebrates after scoring in first half action against England during FIFA Women's World Cup soccer action in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

MONCTON, N.B. — Eugenie Le Sommer scored her first Women’s World Cup goal and France beat England 1-0 on Tuesday in rainy Moncton, New Brunswick.

Le Sommer scored her 45th career international goal in the 29th minute. Gaetane Thiney forced a turnover by England and Le Sommer won the loose ball, took two touches and hammered in a shot from 20 yards.

France has owned the series between the clubs, having not lost to England since 1974. France beat England in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup on penalties.

Le Sommer sent a shot directly at the keeper in the 46th minute and sailed a side volley over the goal in the 56th. She was subbed out in the 81st.

France was much more aggressive in the attacking half, outshooting England 16-3. England’s only shot in the first half came in the 41st minute when France’s goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi misplayed a cross and left an open net, but Jo Potter’s chip went wide.

Later in the afternoon, Daniela Montoya’s booming goal from outside the penalty area in the 82nd minute helped Colombia recover for a 1-1 draw against Mexico. The late draw keeps both countries in search of their first victories in the tournament.

Veronica Perez put Mexico up 1-0 in the 35th minute, turning after a corner kick and firing a right-footed shot that Colombian goalkeeper Castano Cardoso Derly Stefany was unable to keep from just crossing the line.

Yoreli Rincon nearly equalized for Colombia in the 59th minute, but her free kick over the outstretched Mexican goalkeeper Cecelia Santiago hit the post. However, Montoya tied the game in the final 10 minutes.

At Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno’s first-half goal gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against Spain.

Rodriguez scored in the 14th minute off a centring pass from Katherine Alvarado, one minute after Vicky Losada put Spain ahead.

In the evening game, Famiga scored on a free kick in the 33rd minute as Brazil toppled South Korea 2-0.

Marta capped Brazil’s offence in the 53rd minute by converting a penalty kick after Famiga was taken down in the box by South Korea’s Cho Sohyun.

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