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Amandine Henry's extra time winner keeps France's World Cup dream alive against Brazil. France are through to the quarter-finals and Brazil are going home. it's a deserved win in the end. They dominated the added period, had more energy and more desire when it really came to it. The hosts keep on rolling. The French national anthem is being belted out in the stands, as we head into the final minute of added time at the end of extra time. The celebrations have started, but are seconds away from kicking off in earnest.
Paul Rhys emails: “So a great goal from Brazil gets all the excitement sucked out of it by a VAR call. Yes it went in their favour...but is the line-o more inclined to raise her flag, “just to be safe”, because she knows she has VAR as a safety net? It was a clear no-interference offside. The whole system is making me want to stop watching the top competitions because even the threat of VAR robs goals of that joyous, unadulterated outburst of emotion.”
A cross from the left is pulled back into the path of Thaisa who angles a shot into the bottom corner but the referee rules it out, claiming Devinha was offside before receiving the ball. The forward was definitely onside and it goes upstairs for the video guys to confirm it is a goal. Brazil's journey in this tournament comes to an end. This is perhaps the last time we see the likes of Formiga in Brazilian silks in a world cup again. Good fight, but in the end, it just wasn't enough. France will now face either Spain or USA in the quarter-finals, who play each other later today. My biggest takeaway from this game - the crowds! LOVE THE FRENCH ENERGY, let's hope to keep seeing this as the tournament heads into the business end.
Oh what a night it has been.France secures its place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a 2-1 victory over Brazil after extra-time. Gauvin put France ahead early ' on in the second half, but Thaisa equalised shortly after following a VAR check as the goal was originally ruled out for offside, but the video replays showed that the decision was incorrect. It went to extra-time and both teams had chances to win the game, with Debinha seeing her shot cleared off the line by Mbock Bathy. Henry was then the hero for France, poking the ball home from close range to send her side into the next round of the competition.
Since making her debut in the Women's World Cup at the start of the 2015 tournament, only Le Sommer (5) has scored more goals in the competition for France than Henry (3). Le Havre is on its feet. The blue flags are out. The chants are louder than ever. And the thunderclaps have returned. This is the first time France has scored in the extra time in a World Cup Finals game. Firsts.
Brazil, meanwhile, made it through perhaps the tournament’s toughest group despite coming into the tournament in dreadful form, and any team with Marta — even a 33-year-old Marta — has to be considered dangerous. She scored her 17th World Cup goal last week, breaking Miroslav Klose’s record of 16 World Cup goals. No other woman has scored more than 14 World Cup goals.
France’s 7-1 goal differential in the group stage was heavily skewed by an opening 4-0 win over South Korea, which went winless in group play and only managed one goal in a meaningless finale against a Norway team already preparing for the next round. France’s other two games: a 2-1 win over Norway and a 1-0 victory over Nigeria, with both deciding goals scored on penalty kicks (the latter after being awarded a controversial second attempt).
In her fifth World Cup appearance, Marta is playing in what could well be her final World Cup, and the Brazilians have advanced out of the group stage each time. She is the only player of either gender to score in five World Cups, although both her goals this year have come via penalty kick.
Knockout round history: The French have been to the quarterfinals twice and past that point just once, losing to the U.S. in the 2011 semifinals. Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals in four straight World Cups before a round-of-16 loss to Australia in 2015. The Brazilians have been to the final once, losing to Germany in 2007. It's been one long day for us at the newsroom and the later part of the day promises to be as, if not more, entertaining. Spain takes on USA and Sweden takes on Canada in their knockout clashes. This calls for some rest and recuperation.
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