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WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: France put four past Canada

France progressed into the quarter finals after a comfortable 4-0 Group A victory over Canada in Bochum. Nearly 17,000 spectators saw France threaten to run riot over their North American opponents as they went in at the break leading 1-0 through Gaetane Thiney.

Thiney got her second and defensive errors in the Canadians rearguard allowed Camille Abily and substitute Elodie Thomis to complete the scoring by full time as Canada failed to get a shot on target throughout the course of the game.

Bruno Bini, France coach: "I said after the first match that we had three points and nobody can take them away from us, well now we have six points and nobody can take those away from us either!

"However, I went to a school in a little village where I studied maths and I know that those six points do not necessarily guarantee qualification. At 11 o'clock tonight I can tell you how important this victory was!"

Carolina Morace, Canada coach, admitted the opposition were good value for the win.

"I think we started well and missed a chance to score in the early stages. Diana Matheson was about to shoot, but the ball bounced and until that point we had played very well.

"We gave up the first goal when the ball was with us, and sometimes in football you must clear the ball without thinking too much about where it will go. That mistake shook our confidence.

"We made many mistakes after that while the French team didn't make a single mistake. They played the perfect game".

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