OL lead Les Bleues to Japan victory
Just days before the start of the London Olympics, Les Bleues received a massive confidence boost when they defeated reigning world champions Japan 2-0 on Thursday at the Stade Charlety in Paris.
Under the attentive gaze of FFF president Noël Le Graët, French Sports Minister Valérie Fourneyron and OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, 8 Olympique Lyonnais players were named in the starting XI: Bouhadi, Franco, Renard, Bompastor, Abily, Necib, Bussaglia, Thomis. Georges and Le Sommer came off the bench during the game.
Just before the half-hour, Sonia Bompastor released Marie-Laure Delie in behind the defence to open the scoring (1-0, 24'). Sarah Bouhaddi then produced three top-drawer saves to preserve Les Bleues' advantage at the break.
Wendie Renard headed home France's second goal, from an Elise Bussaglia corner (2-0, 74'), ensuring an historic and deserved victory over the Asian powerhouse.
Les Bleues now take on the USA in the opening match of their Olympic campaign in London next Wednesday.