The Bleuettes stop in the quarters. The France women’s Espoirs team was eliminated from the Women’s World Cup under 20 after their defeat against Japan on the night of Sunday to Monday. Faced with the reigning world champions, the French clung to the penalty shootout to try to snatch a qualification in the semi-finals, which was ultimately missed.
France had however opened the scoring after fifteen minutes of play by PSG midfielder Magnaba Folquet (1-0, 15th), but had conceded the equalizing penalty before the break (1-1, 33rd) before being led from the start of the second period (1-2, 48th). Coming back from the locker room in place of Hawa Sangaré (PSG), Montpellier’s Esther Mbakem-Niaro sent the two teams into extra time with her right foot (2-2, 85th).
Japan equalize in added time
The French believed to hold their ticket for the last four after a new goal signed Megane Hoeltzel (3-2, 110th), on a very nice cross shot, but the Japanese equalized on a new penalty in additional time of the extension. In the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Shu Ohba stopped PSG midfielder Laurina Fazer’s attempt as the Japanese went clear.