England Women 0-2 France | Cyprus Cup final match report

England Women 0-2 France

England Women's hopes of winning the Cyprus Cup final were blown away in a first-half blitz by France in Nicosia. Early goals from Gaëtane Thiney and Camille Abily set the French on the road to a 2-0 victory long before the half-time whistle had sounded. England have not beaten France since 1974, and have suffered major disappointments at their hands in recent years, having gone out to them in both the 2011 World Cup and 2013 European Championship.

The French got off to the best possible start when, having already hit a post through Louisa Nécib's third-minute half-volley, they took the lead with six minutes gone. Elodie Thomis used her pace out wide to cross for Thiney to prod home the opener. There was worse to come for Mark Sampson's side with 18 minutes played when Abily's angled shot beat the goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain. England managed to reach half-time without further mishap, but the second half proved a largely fruitless affair as their efforts to fight their way back into the game came to nothing. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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