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Le Sommer lifts France past Canada in friendly

France defeated Canada, 1-0 on Thursday in front of a raucous crowd at Stade Robert Bobin in Bondoufle, France.

Eugénie Le Sommer scored the game’s only goal in the 34th minute, although Les Bleues dominated much of the match.

The match marked the return of Canadian defender Lauren Sesselmann after a year-long recovery from a knee ligament injury.

“These (games) are great because we walk out with an opportunity to learn from some of those mistakes and that’s the level,” Canada coach John Herdman said. “The French were a yard sharper at times and a bit quicker.

“So we’ll learn with that and tighten things up. When you meet the French team in the tournament after four or fives games and you’ve battled and you’re at the pace of things, that’ll be a different game.”

France will play Russia on May 22 and Scotland on May 28 in their final warm-up matches.

Canada hosts England on May 29 in Hamilton, Ontario.


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