France scores five in shutout win against Mexico to clinch Group F

With the final match in Group F play taking part in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, France enjoyed a 5-0 win over Mexico to clinch first place in Group F during match play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Just 35 seconds into the match, Marie Laure Delie buried a deflection into the opposition’s net for the quick 1-0 advantage. It was four seconds off the quickest goal scored in Women’s World Cup history, a record set by Sweden’s Lena Videkull in a 1991 match against Japan.

Subsequetly, team captain Wendie Renard added to the French lead just eight minutes later on Camille Abily’s corner. As a side note, her goal would bounce off of Mexico’s Jennifer Ruiz.

Eugenie Le Sommer was the leading goal scorer for the third-ranked French team. Abily and Elodie Thomis would earn the assists on the first goal (in the thirteenth minute), while the second was a hard-earned goal obtained on a rebound from Cecilia Santiago, after a shot from Delie bounced off of the Mexican goalkeeper.

Enjoying a 4-0 lead at halftime, it was a lead that the French would not relinquish. Heading into the match, Mexico had hoped for a better outcome. Taking into account that France suffered a 2-0 upset at the hand of Colombia in Moncton, New Brunswick, the 25th ranked Mexican squad was hoping for an opportunity to stage a second straight upset. Despite the motivation, Mexico quickly found itself outmatched against a superior opponent. Veronica Perez was the only player who represented any type of scoring threat, managing a long-range shot.

As only ten minutes remained on the scoreboard, Amandine Henry contributed a highlight reel goal with a 25-yard strike that found its way into the top corner. Of note, Henry tied for the team lead with four shots while earning recognition with the Live Your Goals Player of the Match Award. Although Group F rival England had defeated Colombia in their final Group F match in Montreal, Quebec, France grabbed first place due to goal differential.

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