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Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 16:41
France coach Diacre looking past World Cup opener
By Xinhua
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 16:41 By Xinhua

France's head coach Corinne Diacre (left) gestures during a training session in Clairefontaine en Yvelines on May 27, 2019, as part of the team's preparation for the upcoming FIFA Women's football World Cup 2019 in France. (FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

NICE, France - The coach of France women's soccer team Corinne Diacre claimed on Tuesday that the opening victory of World Cup was past and they had to focus on the next match.

My idea is to beat Norway and finish first in this group. But the game is not the final, the final is on July 7th

Corinne Diacre, Coach, France

Les Bleues ran riot with a 4-0 victory over South Korea in the first match of Group A, and the fourth place of last edition set to meet the 1995 Champions Norway on June 12th in Nice. Diacre insisted the opening victory was history and they had switched their focus to the next game.  

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"I didn't have much to say about the first match, we have already switched to the second one, even without speaking to each other, we come to understand each other. We started well and we remain humble in the work. My idea is to beat Norway and finish first in this group. But the game is not the final, the final is on July 7th."

Diacre disclosed that she may field up the same staring lineup. "Wendie Renard and Eugenie Le Sommer were rested from training yesterday, but they will return this afternoon without any problem. The eleven against South Korea gave me satisfaction. Logically, we should leave with the same eleven."

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Diacre also said she didn't care about Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg's absence in this World Cup.

"We play against Norway, not Ada Hegerberg. The Norwegians qualified without her. She made her choice, she has her reasons," she said.

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