France delights in dominant win over Colombia

The Equalizer Staff August 3, 2016 11

France’s true first test at this Rio 2016 Olympics will come on Saturday against the world No. 1 United States. But on Wednesday, Les Bleues opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over Colombia, and the result was never in question.

Carolina Arias put the ball in her own net in the second minute for a foreboding start for Colombia, and Eugenie Le Sommer scored 12 minutes later, diving to head the ball from a rebound off the crossbar.

But the truly spectacular goals came from free kicks, first from Camille Abily in the first half and then late in the match from Amel Majri. You’re going to want to see them:

The victory was a bit of revenge for France after Colombia pulled off one of the greatest upsets in women’s soccer history, defeating France, 2-0 in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

France will face the United States – which beat New Zealand 2-0 earlier Wednesday – on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN) with the winner likely to finish first in Group G.

  • Frozen Blue

    A much different Columbia than we saw in the WC.

    • Steglitz49

      The same could be said of Australia, poor lambs.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      Turns out not playing a match for 8 months after your most successful tournament ever kills your momentum. Who’d have thought it?

      • Steglitz49

        Colombia were missing two key players. That takes its toll.

    • guest p

      The sad part is that as poorly as Colombia played, the score could have been 0-0 if the goal keeper was awake.

      On the 1st goal she was laying on the ground because she dove for a cross she had no chance of getting. This is the only goal that might have been scored anyway (even if she hadn’t dived).

      On the second goal the first shot was kicked right at her and should have been tipped over the bar.

      On the third goal she let it go through both hands, even though it was not a particularly hard free kick.

      The fourth goal should have just been tipped over the bar.

  • Guest

    Weird to see France resorting to pinging the ball around the back excessively only to eventually kick a poor long ball forward. Almost felt like I was watching USWNT

    • Chak Khan

      Yes, I also have noticed that “trend” since the last couple of VT games. I thought it was a strategy to keep Hope Solo awake and busy.

  • Miami66

    Colombia can’t afford to lose a player like Rincon. They also didn’t get much play before the Olympics…their federation didn’t help.

    • Chak Khan

      How did they qualify without their two star players? And what is their head coach expecting from this tournament? Progress?!! Not if they don’t invest in their WNT. FIFA is doling out financial support for them to use for the men’s team?

      • Miami66

        CONMEBOL used the 2014 Women’s Copa America for both 2015 WWC and 2016 Olympics.