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Football - 12. July 2013.

Delie double fires France to victory against Russia

Marie-Laure Delie struck twice as France recorded the first win at UEFA Women's EURO 2013 by sweeping aside Russia in their opening Group C appointment.

Following a run of four consecutive draws at Sweden 2013, Delie fired her impressively composed side into a 2-0 lead at the break in Norrkoping, and they never looked like letting it slip. Instead, Eugénie Le Sommer added her team's third with the only sore point for Les Bleues a late Elena Morozova goal.

Playing on the 15th anniversary of their male counterparts' 1998 FIFA World Cup win, France were briefly given pause by Morozova's counterattacking guile, but were not subdued for long. Having already gone close via Gaëtane Thiney's long-range effort, Bruno Bini's charges quickly began bearing down with menace on Elvira Todua's goal.

The Russia No1 was fortunate that a Camille Abily effort came to her with the sting drawn by a deflection, but there was nothing she could do to stop Delie breaking the deadlock. With 21 minutes gone, France's lone striker brushed past Alla Sidorovskaya and thumped a bouncing ball into the far corner.
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