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England and France in stalemate
 Women's Football News 22 Oct 2016
England 0 France 0
att: 7,398; at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

England and France battled out a goalless draw at the Keepmoat Stadium as both countries began their preparations for next summer's Euro 2017 Finals. 
Mark Sampson made three changes to his starting line up from their previous match against Belgium with Jade Moore, Rachel Daly and Gemma Davison coming in for the injured Gilly Flaherty, Nikita Parris and Danielle Carter.
The pattern of the match was established almost right from the start, as in the last few meetings between the teams, with both sides largely cancelling each other out and opportunities being scarce at either end.
It was Gemma Davison who put in a good challenge early on to prevent Claire Lavogez from getting in a shot and Elise Bussaglia fired over from distance but these proved to be rare sights on goal as the two teams struggled to break down packed defences.
What had been a largely dour first half suddenly burst into life in the 36th minute, firstly as Gaetene Thiney slid an inch perfect through ball into the path of Eugenie Le Sommer but just as she was about to shoot, Lucy Bronze stole in with a superbly timed interception. England immediately counter attacked, Karen Carney racing forward with three options but her pass was slightly overhit and Sarah Bouhaddi was able to come out and smother at the feet of Rachel Daly.
Bronze was involved at the other end as she headed just wide from a Jordan Nobbs free kick but a gruelling first half came to an end with a goalless scoreline.
England came more into the game as an attacking force after the break with Moore attempting a lob from distance after Bouhaddi had failed to hold onto a cross but the midfielder's effort went over the bar.
At the other end, Karen Bardsley needed to be alert to come out and deny Thiney after she had got behind the England defence but this proved to be a rare moment of worry for the home side during the second half.
The game drifted towards a draw but as it entered injury time, England did get the ball in the net when Alex Scott's cross was headed back by Nikita Parris for Toni Duggan to control and score, however the assistant referee had already flagged for the ball going out of play and a goal kick was awarded.
England now travel to Guadalajara on Tuesday to play Spain in their next friendly to continue their preparations. 
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jade Moore, Steph Houghton, Jo Potter, Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Rachel Daly (sub Nikita Parris 58mins), Karen Carney (sub Toni Duggan 88mins), Gemma Davison (sub Alex Scott 71mins). Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Laura Bassett, Casey Stoney, Isobel Christiansen, Fara Williams, Millie Bright, Mary Earps, Danielle Carter.

France: Sarah Bouhaddi, Arnet Majri, Kheira Hamraoui, Laura Georges, Wendie Renard, Elise Bussaglia (sub Sandie Toletti 69mins), Kadidiatou Diani (sub Delphine Cascarino 81mins), Jessica Houara, Eugenie Le Sommer (sub Camille Catala 90mins), Gaetene Thiney, Claire Lavogez (sub Clarisse Le Bihan 72mins). Subs not used: Laetitia Philippe, Meline Gerard, Eve Perisset, Aissatou Tounkara, Sakina Karchaoui, Camille Catala, Laura Agard, Annaig Butel.



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