Breaking News

Diani's hat-trick helps France to top of Group F and into last 16

Kadidiatou Diani netted a hat-trick, including two penalties, to lead France to a 6-3 victory over Panama that saw them to secure top spot in Group F and safe passage to the last 16 of the Women's World Cup.

Needing only a draw to secure qualification for the next round, France conceded in the second minute but dominated thereafter, with an own goal from Deysire Salazar and strikes from Lea Le Garrec and Vicki Becho, despite playing without captain Wendie Renard and all-time leading scorer Eugenie Le Sommer

Marta Cox made history by scoring Panama's first-ever Women's World Cup goal - and the quickest at this tournament at one minute and seven seconds - with a stunning 35-yard free-kick that curled into the top corner. Cox burst into tears before being mobbed by team mates.

France responded impressively and were aided by Panama's Salazar, who lashed the ball into her own net when trying to clear Maelle Lakrar's header (21).

Diani then scored her first goal seven minutes later, before converting from the spot (37) after a handball from Wendy Natis. Le Garrec added to the scoring and made it 4-1 in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time.

No comments