Women’s World Cup opening match garners 10m viewers

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It was the biggest television audience for a France women's game and a record 45,261 fans attended the match at the Parc des Princes where Les Bleues thrashed South Korea 4-0 in Group A.

France skipper Amandine Henry controlled the midfield with a firm grip and deft touch, while strikers Eugenie Le Sommer and Delphine Cascarino were constant threats.

Organisers are hoping the month-long tournament will be a breakthrough event in raising the profile of the women's game. "I think it is a great spectacle that deserves to be watched", he said. We have six more steps on the road that need to be taken.

All of France's games will be broadcast free in France as will the final in Lyon July 7.

Amandine Henry, the silky midfielder, created the opening goal just nine minutes in by winning the ball in the Korean half and gliding downfield in transition to send a flawless cross to Eugenie Le Sommer for the earliest goal ever in a Women's World Cup opener. We have used the fans to make a good start. They are bidding to lift the trophy for the third time after previous triumphs in 2003 and in 2007.

This has undoubtedly landed them authoritatively in Group A of the Federation Internationale de Football Association extravaganza.

"Nowadays, there are eight or nine teams who can be world champions. We will try to win the game but we will have to accept the result whatever happens", their coach, Yoon Deok-yeo, said modestly. They are ranked number one in the world and won the last World Cup in 2015 when they completely dominated Japan with a 5-2 win in the final at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

South Korea were hardly able to get out of their own half, with their star player, Chelsea's Ji So-yun, barely touching the ball.

The Norwegians are confident of going far despite being without Ada Hegerberg, the victor of the women's Ballon d'Or victor for the world's top player.

The France v China women's match broadcast last Friday only attracted a fraction of that figure, 1.2 million.



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