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Summary

  1. Le Sommer with great long-range strike
  2. England struggle to create chances
  3. Colombia & Mexico complete Group F
  4. England play Mexico on Saturday

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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A bit of a bum note to start on results-wise. But England kept one of the tournament favourites honest right until the final whistles.

That is not too bad in the broad scheme of things.

Don't forget you can check out England's next two opponents - Colombia and Mexico - as they meet in Group F's other match in a little under half an hour's time.

There is also Spain v Costa Rica (21:00 BST) and Brazil v South Korea (midnight) to tickle your fancy this evening.

"Where," you ask? Need you ask?

Live video coverage of all the matches is right here on the BBC Sport website.

See you later.

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France 1-0 England

Sophie L: Mark Sampson set up to mute an attacking team, losing 1-0 to the team ranked third in the world isn't to be sniffed at.

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England players are France defeat
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It is not just Prime Minister David Cameron working hard on the international diplomacy this week.

England's players attempted to drum up a little local support at the end of the match with a pre-prepared banner.

Their game against Mexico on Saturday is also in Moncton.

The jury may be out on England as a whole, but left-back Claire Rafferty's stock is on the rise after she snuffed out Elodie Thomis' threat.

The Chelsea defender had 62 touches - 14 more than anyone else in an England shirt managed - and won an impressive 83% of, what the stats guys call, "duels". Basically any 50:50s on the ground or in the air.

She got forward well as well:

Rafferty touch map
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Rich Sears: Good display by England. Contained and went for the draw and didn't happen. But a sensible display.

Sean Hunt: Everyone slating England. They only lost 1-0 to France who are predicted to get to semis.. Roll on Mexico and Colombia.

Joel Salmon: England's tactics are good, they're pretty solid as a team. But they lack the technical ability to really shine.

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Moncton

"England not particularly entertaining but then they will say they are here to do a job. The games v Mexico and Colombia will be real measure."

England play Mexico on Saturday at 21:00 BST before closing their Group F campaign against Colombia at 21:00 BST on Wednesday 17 June.

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Average position
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There was more ambition from England towards the end of the game with Toni Duggan and Fran Kirby coming on in the 60th and 68th minute to join Eni Aluko up front.

But, overall, England were penned back by a France side who dominated the ball.

The average position graphic above shows a side under the cosh.

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Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder

"It was more positive towards the end from England's point of view. Hopefully in the next group game we can push on and get the win.

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England players salute the crowd
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England manager Mark Sampson described his team's performance as "superb". It seems you do not agree.

Matt Love: Typical English sports mentality from the manager there, that was not a brilliant England performance.

Davestwin7: As much as I am proud to be English, at any point did we string together more than three passes?

OULondon: England played better in the second half but France are a quality team and deserved to win.

"I expected more from France"

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Liverpool forward Natasha Dowie speaking on BBC Two: "I was disappointed with France. I expected more from them with the quality they had on the pitch. I don't think it's too bad a result for England. It wasn't a great game for either team."

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Former Liverpool and England striker Stan Collymore: England positives...play with tempo/adventure of second half, match for most. Rafferty excellent at LB, Aluko needs to hold it up more reliably.

So "a superb performance" or an underwhelming, under-ambitious display that amounts to a missed opportunity to scalp one of the tournament favourites?

If you want another look at the action to make up your mind, the highlights from today's game are available on the, funny enough, highlights tab on this page.

Mark Sampson
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England coach Mark Sampson speaking to BBC Two: "I thought we managed the first half superbly. You are always vulnerable to a counter when you encourage your team to try and play the ball out of defence like we do. But the longer the half went on there was only one team who was going to score to get back into it. That was a superb England performance."

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England could, conceivably, have nicked it.

But the stats suggest it would have been grand larceny if they had.

France-England

Total shots: 19-3

On target: 3-1

Total passes: 524-292

Possession: 64%-36%

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Moncton

"Mark Sampson came with a plan and to a certain degree it worked. England didn't look like scoring but they didn't need to win and the games against Mexico and Colombia will allow England to be more attack-minded. 8/10 for defensive organisation. 4/10 for entertainment."

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Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder on BBC Two

"They have two more games to show what England can do because they have some really good players."

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Danny Mills

Former England defender on BBC Two

"France want to grow into this tournament and they looked like they cruised it. There's a confidence boost for England in that they didn't get beaten by three or four goals which we thought might happen.

"That's important. We expect France to beat everyone in the group so it becomes a mini group. If England had been beaten three or four that would have damaged their confidence."

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England striker Eni Aluko looks tearful as she heads off the pitch. Is it just the bitter taste of defeat or has she picked up an injury?

Not clear just yet, we will keep an eye out. Aluko certainly ran her heart out for her team today.

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Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

"England will take a lot of heart from this game. As an England critic and fan, I can take a lot of positives from this game.

"Mexico are no pushovers but England now are armed with the capability of changing their tactics. That will hold them in good stead against Colombia too.

"There has been a lot of rotation, and there is great flexibility and adaptability in the side.

"The girls can be proud of their performance and one quality from France which flew into the top corner. England were punished."

Claire Rafferty
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Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse: Allez les filles.

He should be stripped of the Lordship of Frondsham for such treachery.

France 1-0 England

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"England have competed with one of the best teams in the world. They have got to take heart from that."

FULL-TIME

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A lovely flick from Eni Aluko, a tiny corridor of space for Fran Kirby. Could she be in? No! A covering defender slams the door with a hoofed clearance...

INJURY TIME

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Four minutes of injury time and the chants of Allez Les Bleus are getting a little louder and longer.

Fran Kirby
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Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"Could Eni have been a little bit more composed? It was a snap shot. England still have time."

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The ball breaks off Fran Kirby as a mob of France defenders descend on the England striker, straight into the path of Eni Aluko on the edge of the box.

Her shot is high and handsome though, right towards Row Z behind Sarah Bouhaddi's goal.

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Toni Duggan chases Laura Georges into the corner and wins a throw-in deep in the France half. Is there time? And do England have the quality to steal something?

SUBSTITUTION

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France nibble a few more seconds off the clock with Louisa Necib giving way to Claire Lavogez.

No major tactical rejig, just another step closer to full-time once the switch is finally done.

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Lee 'Ratty' Martin: Duggan, Kirby and Aluko up front now....can see the Lionesses getting an equaliser!

Marcus Webb: England look like a team defending a 1-0 lead not chasing the game. Still sitting too deep!

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No dice. Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi is safe and secure, gathering an up-and-under in the France box.

France 1-0 England

Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

"I want to see Fran Kirby go through the middle and stretch the France back line. Kirby has great pace and could do a good job for Eniola Aluko, who has worked tirelessly all game."

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Now, is there a chance for England to smash and grab something. A throw-in up by the France corner flag...

France 1-0 England

Sue Smith

Former England forward on BBC Two

"I think we will see a different England in the next two games, an attacking England."

Jill Scott
AP

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France are playing a bit of keep-ball here, knocking it around and running the legs off England who are chasing hard but not able to put much pressure on a side who are all very composed on the ball.

Finally France have a pop at goal from distance, Elise Bussaglia drilling just wide.

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Former Crystal Palace forward Mark Bright: Come on England, just over ten mins left, need to play higher and press, @england #FifaWomensWorldCup

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David Cook: Wow...Laura Bassett is tough! Reminds me of when Stuart Pearce got headbutted at Euro 92.

David Smith: Uninspired England performance. Rotten refereeing. You're right, it REALLY IS just like the men's World Cup!

Laura Bassett
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SUBSTITUTION

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France withdraw the game's star player - Eugenie Le Sommer - to shore up their side and stiffen the defensive sinews.

On comes wily old veteran Elise Bussaglia to protect the back four.

France 1-0 England

Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

"Signs from both managers with their substitutions. It looks like France are happy to hold on and keep possession while England's signal has been to bring on attacking players.

"Mark Sampson has shown ambition and not settling to lose the game. He wants something from it to finish top of the group."

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Matt Churchill: If those two fouls had happened in a men's game all hell would have broken loose. Terrible refereeing.

Bradley Hill: The referee is clueless. France should be down to 10 players. An elbow to the face is a red card offence.

SUBSTITUTION

France 1-0 England

More attacking intent from Mark Sampson who sacrifices midfield holding player Katie Chapman for Jade Moore. Fresh legs with a licence to bomb on.