Women's European Championship - Group C
France Women1Iceland Women0

France Women 1-0 Iceland Women

Iceland fans
Iceland fans' trademark 'Thunderclap' - seen at Euro 2016 in France - returned in Tilburg

France left it late to beat Iceland as striker Eugenie le Sommer's penalty won their first Group C game at Women's Euro 2017 in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The French, one of the pre-tournament favourites, had looked set to be denied victory by Iceland's stubborn defence.

Captain Wendie Renard's header hit the bar, before Le Sommer netted from the spot when Amandine Henry was fouled.

Earlier on Tuesday in Deventer, Austria Women won their first match at a major finals, beating 10-player Switzerland.

Austria captain Nina Burger's low first-half finish was enough to win their game 1-0, before Rahel Kiwic's second-half dismissal.

For France - ranked third in the world - their opening win came as a big relief after being denied for 85 minutes by a physical, organised Iceland side ranked 19th in the Fifa women's rankings.

They had been largely restricted to efforts from long range, before Elin Jensen was adjudged to have impeded Henry in the area, and Lyon star Le Sommer sent the keeper the wrong way.

The Women's Euros' first red card since 2009

Austria Women
Austria had never played a game at a major tournament finals before

Austria's historic win came as Swiss defender Kiwic was shown the first red card at a Women's Euros since England's Casey Stoney was shown the only red of Euro 2009.

The Swiss were already trailing to lively striker Burger's first-time near-post finish for Austria before half-time.

Kiwic then denied Burger a clear attempt on goal, bringing her down just outside the area on the hour mark.

Chelsea forward Ramona Bachmann offered Switzerland's strongest threat going forward, but her late effort was deflected over the bar.

Austria and Switzerland - who lost to England in friendlies in April and June respectively - were both playing in their first match at a European Championship finals, although the Swiss did feature at the 2015 World Cup.

England and Scotland meet in their Group D opener on Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

France Women

  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 8Houara
  • 4Georges
  • 3RenardBooked at 17mins
  • 22Karchaoui
  • 12ThomisSubstituted forDelieat 78'minutes
  • 6Henry
  • 10Abily
  • 15BussagliaSubstituted forThineyat 64'minutes
  • 7Le BihanSubstituted forDianiat 42'minutes
  • 9Le Sommer

Substitutes

  • 1Philippe
  • 2Perisset
  • 5Toletti
  • 11Lavogez
  • 13Catala
  • 14Tounkara
  • 17Thiney
  • 18Delie
  • 19Mbock Bathy
  • 20Diani
  • 21Gerard
  • 23Geyoro

Iceland Women

  • 1Gunnarsdottir
  • 4Viggosdottir
  • 2Atladottir
  • 3SigurðardóttirBooked at 34mins
  • 5Jonsdottir
  • 8GardarsdottirSubstituted forThorsteinsdottirat 75'minutes
  • 7Gunnarsdottir
  • 11Gísladóttir
  • 10Brynjarsdóttir
  • 17AlbertsdottirBooked at 54minsSubstituted forAsbjornsdottirat 61'minutes
  • 23FridriksdóttirSubstituted forJensenat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Magnusdottir
  • 9Asbjornsdottir
  • 12Sigurdardottir
  • 13Thrainsdottir
  • 14Sigurdardottir
  • 15Jensen
  • 16Thorsteinsdottir
  • 18Jessen
  • 19Kristjansdottir
  • 20Thorvaldsdottir
  • 21Asgrimsdottir
  • 22Hönnudottir
Referee:
Carina Vitulano
Attendance:
5,000

Match Stats

Home TeamFrance WomenAway TeamIceland Women
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, France 1, Iceland Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 1, Iceland Women 0.

Marie-Laure Delie (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harpa Thorsteinsdottir (Iceland Women).

Eugénie Le Sommer (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elin Metta Jensen (Iceland Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Wendie Renard (France) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Katrin Asbjornsdottir (Iceland Women).

Goal!

Goal! France 1, Iceland Women 0. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty France. Amandine Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Elin Metta Jensen (Iceland Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Iceland Women. Conceded by Sakina Karchaoui.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland Women. Elin Metta Jensen replaces Fanndis Fridriksdottir.

Attempt missed. Camille Abily (France) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Camille Abily (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Katrin Asbjornsdottir (Iceland Women).

Attempt missed. Gaëtane Thiney (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica Houara with a cross.

Camille Abily (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dagny Brynjarsdóttir (Iceland Women).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Marie-Laure Delie replaces Élodie Thomis.

Offside, France. Amandine Henry tries a through ball, but Kadidiatou Diani is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland Women. Harpa Thorsteinsdottir replaces Sigridur Lara Gardarsdottir.

Foul by Élodie Thomis (France).

Gudbjörg Gunnarsdottir (Iceland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wendie Renard (France) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Camille Abily with a cross following a corner.

Corner, France. Conceded by Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir.

Attempt saved. Élodie Thomis (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Camille Abily.

Attempt missed. Amandine Henry (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Wendie Renard (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Camille Abily with a cross following a corner.

Corner, France. Conceded by Ingibjörg Sigurðardóttir.

Attempt blocked. Jessica Houara (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Élodie Thomis.

Offside, Iceland Women. Fanndis Fridriksdottir tries a through ball, but Katrin Asbjornsdottir is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Camille Abily (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eugénie Le Sommer.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Gaëtane Thiney replaces Élise Bussaglia.

Foul by Amandine Henry (France).

Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir (Iceland Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Élise Bussaglia (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kadidiatou Diani.

Substitution

Substitution, Iceland Women. Katrin Asbjornsdottir replaces Agla Maria Albertsdottir.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark Women11001013
2Netherlands Women11001013
3Belgium Women100101-10
4Norway Women100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia Women11002113
2Germany Women10100001
3Sweden Women10100001
4Italy Women100112-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria Women11001013
2France Women11001013
3Iceland Women100101-10
4Switzerland Women100101-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women00000000
2Portugal Women00000000
3Scotland Women00000000
4Spain Women00000000
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