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France reach women’s Euro quarter-finals

France have secured their place in the quarter-finals of the women’s European soccer championships with a 2-1 win over Belgium in Group D, advancing with a game to spare.

Corinne Diacre’s side, one of the tournament favourites, took the lead in the sixth minute at the New York Stadium on Thursday when Kadidiatou Diani arrived at the far post to head in Sakina Karchaoui’s deep cross.

Les Bleus dominated but were wasteful in front of goal. They were punished in the 36th minute when Belgium captain Tessa Wullaert put through forward Janice Cayman who slid to get a toe on the ball and sent it past goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, the team’s first touch in the opposition box.

The shock equaliser did not deter France, however, as just minutes later another header, this time from defender Griedge Mbock Bathy, restored their lead before halftime on Bastille Day.

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Read more at thewest.com.au

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