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Hosts France thrash S’Korea 4-0 as FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has kicked off with host nation, France, beating South Korea 4-0 in the opening game on Friday night.

It was a brilliant opener for the hosts in front of an overjoyed, sold-out crowd in Paris.

They top the Group A standings, with the other teams of the group Nigeria and Norway, to play on Saturday.

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Being among the favourites to win the competition, France produced a breathless performance to take a deserved 3-0 lead at half-time.

Goals by forward Eugenie Le Sommer and two headers from towering defender Wendie Renard put the Corinne Diacre’s side in commanding lead.

Midfielder Amandine Henry curled in an excellent fourth goal late on to complete the rout.

This is the eight edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

And nearly a million tickets have been sold for the tournament’s 52 matches, being staged at nine stadiums across nine cities.

The money awarded to participating teams is £24m.

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