Millions Tune In To Womens World Cup Opener In France

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France will kick off the 24-team Women's World Cup at a sold-out Parc des Princes when they take on underdogs South Korea in the opening game.

In France, broadcaster TF1 on Saturday reported that nearly 10 million viewers had tuned in to watch the game, a figure it said was a record in the country for a women's World Cup match.

It magnificently happened in one-way traffic all night in a well furnished 45, 000-seater Parc des Princes, as France overshadowed the helpless South Koreans with endless waves.

France is vying to become the first nation to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at the same time.

The problem for Corinne Diacre's team is that, if they win their group, they could well end up facing reigning champions the United States back in Paris in the quarter-finals.

Les Blues won 3-0 in Canada in 2015 on their way to the quarter-finals but were unable to prevent the USA from winning the trophy.

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Hosts France wasted little time in showing their status as one of the tournament's favourites in the opener, as Eugenie le Sommer put Les Bleus up 1-0 on nine minutes. "That will be for later on", said Diacre, who previously coached Clermont in the men's second division. We have six more steps to take if we are to go all the way. In the first half, France recorded a 16-0 edge in shots.

Le Sommer scored in the ninth minute off a cross from Henry and held up her hands in the shape of a heart in celebration after her 75th global goal, the earliest in a Women's World Cup opener.

Wendie Renard doubled the tally with a downward header in the 35th minute, and the towering defender added another with her head on the stroke of halftime. Before the ending of first-half, star midfielder Thiney fired another goal at 45th minute and gave her team a brilliant lead of 3-0 against Koreans.

Henry added her 12th worldwide goal off a pass from Le Sommer in the 85th.

"It really feels good on a personal level, but I think above all as a team, because these were very important goals", Renard said.

Soyun was an unused substitute when South Korea lost to France at the last tournament, and says the misery of that defeat four years ago will drive her side on.

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