Janine Beckie of Manchester City Women and Maren Mjelde of Chelsea Women Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

France will give Norwegian stars respect in Nice

FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts France will give latest opponents Norway the respect which they deserve when the two sides contest their Group A fixture in Nice on Wednesday evening.

Les Bleus battered South Korea 4-0 in their opening match in the Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday evening while Corinne Diacre’s side gained a three-goal advantage within the opening 45 minutes.

France face a tough opponent in their second match in the form of 1995 world champions Norway, a side which could include Chelsea duo Maria Thorisdottir and Karen Mjelde. Both of those players have enjoyed the experience of competing in two intense UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final ties this season.

Speaking after the victory over South Korea, French boss Diacre admitted that she expects professionalism from her side against Norway in their next match.

“All of our opponents are threats” Diacre said.

“We showed a lot of respect to South Korea this evening and we will do the same against another tough opponent in the form of Norway.

“We have watched them and we will do so again tomorrow.”

France made a superb start in Paris with striker Eugenie Le Sommer netting the opening goal inside 10 minutes before a Wendie Renard double later in the half gave Les Bleus that 3-0 advantage at the break. Captain Amandine Henry completed the scoring late on with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

The result gives France a strong chance to win the group and net a favourable draw in the last-16 but coach Diacre wants to treat each game as it comes as a cup final.

She added “It is always difficult to start a World Cup.

“The first match is important but not essential, winning the opening match does make things easier.

“We won tonight but we haven’t won anything yet, we have six games left along the way.”

France’s next opponents Norway open their FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 campaign with a match against Nigeria in Reims this evening.

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