England sink France in Euro 2025 qualifier to avenge home defeat

France 1-2 EnglandDiani 72pen; Stanway 21 Russo 34

England stunned group leaders France in St. Etienne with a 2-1 victory that kept their Euro 2025 qualification hopes very much alive. Sarina Wiegman’s side produced a composed performance for the most part and sealed three points thanks to first half goals from Georgia Stanway and Alessia Russo. A penalty from Kadidiatou Diani brought the hosts back into the match but the Lionesses drew on all their experience and resilience as European champions to hand on for an important victory.

It was a re-match of the two European heavyweights who had met just four days earlier – second against third in the world rankings. England had been stung at St. James’ Park – a 2-1 defeat that manager Wiegman had called “very unnecessary” and which had caused a bit of consternation amongst England fans.

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