The dream match-up between France and Germany became quite clear in the opening minutes after a pair of French goals in the opening 10 minutes as third-ranked France downed South Korea, 3-0.
In what the French hope will be the first of three consecutive matches at Olympic Stadium, fans were still making their way to their seats as France put a pair of goals on the scoreboard in the first eight minutes of the match.
Marie-Laure Delie scored her first of two goals in the 4th minute thanks to some clever passing from Laure Boulleau and Camille Abily. Boulleau dribbled into the 18-yard-box and connected on a give and go with Abily to pull the South Korean defense toward her side of the field. Instead of taking the shot herself, Abily laid the ball off to Delie, which froze goalkeeper Kim Jungmi in net for the opening goal.
Four minutes later France doubled its lead on another give and go, this time from Eugenie Le Sommer and Elodie Thomis.
After forcing a steal in the midfield, the ball ended up at Thomis’ feet at the edge of the penalty box, with Le Sommer to her left and with the South Koreans caught ball-watching. Thomis got the ball back between two defenders and slotted a shot past Jungmi.
South Korea never found any momentum during the match and was without its best player, Ji Soyun who missed the match with a suspected hamstring injury. With their playmaker sidelined, the South Koreans were limited to just 38 percent possession and only generated three shots on net.
France vs. Korea Republic
June 21, 2015 — Olympic Stadium, Montral, Canada
Scoring by Period 1 2 F
France 2 1 3
South Korea 0 0 0
FRA: Marie Laure Delie 4’
FRA: Elodie Thomis 8’
FRA: Marie Laure Delie 48’
KOR: Lee Eunmi (Caution) 33’
FRA: Kheira Hamraoui (Caution) 80’
KOR: Lee Geummin (Caution) 85’
FRA: Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Laure Boulleau, Laura Georges, Amandine Henry, Jessica Houara, Eugenie Le Sommer (Gaetane Thiney, 74’), Camille Abily (Kheira Hamraoui, 77‘), Elodie Thomis, Louisa Necib, Marie-Laure Delie (Kadidiatou Diani, 84’)
KOR: Kim Jungmi, Lee Eunmi, Shim Seoyeon, Kim Doyeon, Jeon Gaeul, Cho Sohyun, Park Eunsun (Yoo Younga, 55’), Kwon Hahnul (Lee Sodam, 60′), Kang Yumi (Park Heeyoung, 78’), Kim Sooyun, Lee Geummin