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France secure Women's World Cup win over Nigeria after VAR saves the day

For the second straight game, France benefited from a VAR decision, taking back-to-back penalty kicks after Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie moved off her line -- a situation that also happened in France's previous game against Norway. It was the only bright moment of a disappointing evening for the French, yet they got the 1-0 win they wanted on Monday night.

Wendie Renard scored her third goal of the tournament after retaking her penalty kick in the 79th minute, becoming the second French...

VAR helps France to group-topping win over Nigeria

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Hosts France preserved their perfect record to top Group A at the women's World Cup with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria thanks to Wendie Renard's 79th minute penalty awarded after a video review on Monday.

Renard's first attempt hit the outside of the post but the kick had to be retaken because Chiamaka Nnadozie had moved off her line -- a situation that also happened in France's previous game against Norway -- and the centre-back coolly converted.

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France tops Norway with help from controversial VAR call

NICE, France -- The French women's national team needed a bit of help from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to ensure that it maintained its perfect start to the 2019 Women's World Cup, as it defeated Norway 2-1 in an eventful group stage match.

Following Valerie Gauvin's opening strike just one minute into the second half and Wendie Renard's bizarre own goal, France was searching for a winner. The opportunity came in the 70th minute, when Ingrid Engen caught Marion Torrent, and it was deemed enough...

France overcome shock own goal to beat Norway

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Wendie Renard said her own goal in a 2-1 win over Norway on Wednesday came as reminder that France need to keep their feet on the ground if they are to claim their first Women's World Cup title.

Centre-back Renard deflected Isabell Herlovsen's cross into her own goal as Norway equalised following Valerie Gauvin's opener, five days after the Olympique Lyonnais player had scored a double in a 4-0 win over South Korea in the opening Group A game.

"It shows that you need to keep your feet on the ground,"...