France brush aside South Korea 3-0, set up German clash

Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:05pm EDT
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By David Ljunggren

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A highly impressive French side out thought and out played South Korea in their Women's World Cup second round game on Sunday, winning 3-0 to set up a quarter-final clash of titans with top-ranked Germany.

France, perhaps the most technically skilled side at the World Cup, were a blur of clever passes, runs, flicks and shots and proved far too strong for a young South Korea team making their first appearance in the knockout round.

All the French starters were drawn from top club sides Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain and they pressed from the start, scoring twice in the first eight minutes.

South Korean coach Yoon Deok-yeo said his side simply had not been able to deal with the onslaught.

"Their speed was incredible ... and our defenders had trouble coping with that," he said.

The French side, ranked third in the world, will play the physically imposing Germans in Montreal on Friday.

Coach Philippe Bergeroo said he was not upset that two such strong teams were meeting as early as the quarter-final.

"They are certainly the best nation in the world. We'll play with all the determination and respect that is required," he said.   Continued...

June 21, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Fans react following the goal scored by France forward Marie Laure (not pictured) against Korea Republic during the second half in the round of sixteen in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports