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England Women 0-0 France Women

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Women's highlights: England 0-0 France

England stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches with a goalless draw against France in Doncaster.

The visitors dominated the first half, but England defender Lucy Bronze went closest, heading wide from a free-kick.

France's Sandie Toletti forced Karen Bardsley into a save with a long-range strike, but England failed to work keeper Sarah Bouhaddi.

Toni Duggan had a late goal ruled out for handball for the Lionesses who have not beaten France since 1974.

Mark Sampson's side have not scored against the French in their last four meetings, but can take heart from a solid defensive display, leaving the opposition with limited chances.

England's last defeat came in the SheBelieves Cup in March when they lost 2-1 to Germany. They then went through six Euro 2017 qualifying games without defeat.

Their next friendly match is against Spain in Guadalajara on Tuesday, 25 October.

Analysis

Former England striker Sue Smith on BBC TV:

"There have been some excellent defensive performances for England but Lucy Bronze was solid, made two excellent recovery blocks and did nothing wrong. Going forward she gave them something else and did not get a pass wrong.

"In the second half, England had the opportunity from Toni Duggan, it was chest at most but the referee thought it hit her hand. They showed patches of good play and when they play France again, they will feel mentally they can beat them.

"These are the games they need to play, the likes of France, Spain and Netherlands. They will give them different problems and can play different personnel in those games to work out the problems."

Line-ups

England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 5Houghton
  • 6Potter
  • 3Stokes
  • 7Scott
  • 4Moore
  • 8Nobbs
  • 11DavisonSubstituted forScottat 71'minutes
  • 9DalySubstituted forParrisat 58'minutes
  • 10CarneyBooked at 83minsSubstituted forDugganat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Scott
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 14Bassett
  • 15Stoney
  • 17Christiansen
  • 18Williams
  • 19Bright
  • 20Parris
  • 21Earps
  • 22Duggan
  • 23Carter

France Women

  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 8Houara
  • 4Georges
  • 3Renard
  • 22Majri
  • 23Hamraoui
  • 17Thiney
  • 15BussagliaBooked at 5minsSubstituted forTolettiat 69'minutes
  • 13DianiSubstituted forCascarinoat 81'minutes
  • 11LavogezBooked at 14minsSubstituted forLe Bihanat 72'minutes
  • 9Le SommerSubstituted forCatalaat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Philippe
  • 2Perisset
  • 5Tounkara
  • 6Cascarino
  • 7Toletti
  • 12Le Bihan
  • 14Karchaoui
  • 18Catala
  • 19Agard
  • 20Butel
  • 21Gerard
Referee:
Graziella Pirriatore

Match Stats

Home TeamEngland WomenAway TeamFrance Women
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home3
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, England 0, France 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 0, France 0.

Corner, France. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Camille Catala replaces Eugénie Le Sommer.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Toni Duggan replaces Karen Carney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sarah Bouhaddi (France) because of an injury.

Booking

Karen Carney (England) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, England. Conceded by Sarah Bouhaddi.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Delphine Cascarino replaces Kadidiatou Diani.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kheira Hamraoui (France) because of an injury.

Foul by Kheira Hamraoui (France).

Nikita Parris (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Houara (France).

Karen Carney (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sandie Toletti.

Offside, France. Sandie Toletti tries a through ball, but Eugénie Le Sommer is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Sandie Toletti (France) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kadidiatou Diani.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Clarisse Le Bihan replaces Claire Lavogez.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Alex Scott replaces Gemma Davison.

Offside, France. Kheira Hamraoui tries a through ball, but Eugénie Le Sommer is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Sandie Toletti replaces Élise Bussaglia.

Offside, England. Stephanie Houghton tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

Foul by Kheira Hamraoui (France).

Jade Moore (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, England. Karen Carney tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

Wendie Renard (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jill Scott (England).

Foul by Claire Lavogez (France).

Gemma Davison (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Nikita Parris replaces Rachel Daly.

Foul by Eugénie Le Sommer (France).

Jill Scott (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kadidiatou Diani (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jade Moore (England).

Offside, France. Claire Lavogez tries a through ball, but Gaëtane Thiney is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jade Moore (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Kheira Hamraoui (France) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kadidiatou Diani.

Second Half

Second Half begins England 0, France 0.

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