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#U20WWC: England claim 3rd place on penalties



England defeated hosts France 4 – 2 on penalties on Friday in Vannes in the third -place match in the 2018 FIFA U- 20 Women ’ s World Cup, after a 1 – 1 draw at full- time .The News Agency of Nigeria reports that getting to the semi – finals stage was France ’ s best -ever finish in the competition .

Both sides wasted chances in a competitively played first half at the Stade de la Rabine , with Les Bleuettes creating two great opportunities that were not converted .

Emelyne Laurent was unable to steer a fine cross from the left on the 16 minute , while Annahita Zamanian forced a big save from England goalkeeper, Sandy MacIver , after breaking in on goal just before the break .

The second half brought goals , with England taking the lead right after the restart through a fine turn and finish from the edge of the France box by Stanway .

It was the Manchester City player ’ s sixth goal of France 2018 .

The strike prompted France coach , Gilles Eyquem , to bring on striker Amelie Delabre , and her presence made a difference midway through the second half , as she earned the hosts a penalty after being fouled in the England box by Megan Finnigan .

Laurent stepped up to convert the spot -kick and got France back on level terms .

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With the scores deadlocked at the end of regulation time , penalties were needed to decide the third place victors .

Late substitute Georgia Allen converted the winning spot -kick to cap a fine campaign in Brittany for Mo Marley ’ s side .

( NAN )