Women's U20 World Cup: France overpowers New Zealand

Claire Lavogez scored her tournament-leading third goal in the 53rd minute as France blanked New Zealand 4-0 on Saturday in group play at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Montreal.

Claire Lavogez nets tournament-leading 3rd goal

France's Claire Lavogez, centre, celebrates after scoring against New Zealand Saturday at the FIFA women’s U20 World Cup tournament in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Claire Lavogez scored her tournament-leading third goal in the 53rd minute as France blanked New Zealand 4-0 on Saturday in group play at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

Kadidiatou Diani opened the scoring for the French in the 22nd minute while Clarisse Le Bihan added goals in the 80th and 82nd.

France (2-0-0), which is the European champion and leads the tournament in scoring with nine goals in two matches, currently sits first in Group D and is all but assured a spot in the quarter-finals.

New Zealand (1-0-1) managed just four shots on goal, compared to France's 17, and could only control the ball 39 per cent of the match.

In the other Group D match, Jennifer Mora scored on a penalty in the 88th minute to lift Paraguay over Costa Rica 2-1.

Silvana Romero opened the matches scoring in the fourth minute for Paraguay (1-0-1), which moved into a tie for second place in Group D with New Zealand.

Michelle Montero responded in the 29th minute for Costa Rica (0-0-2), which sits last in the group.

Earlier in the day, Nigeria slipped past South Korea 2-1 to move into the top spot in Group C.

Courtney Dike opened the scoring for Nigeria (1-1-0) in the first minute of the match while Chinwendu Ihezuo added the eventual winner in the 36th.

Kim Soyi put South Korea (0-0-2) on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute, but it wasn't enough for the Koreans, who are in the group's basement with zero points.

Also, England and Mexico battled to a 1-1 draw and remain tied for second place in Group C.

Bethany Mead gave England (0-2-0) a 1-0 advantage 36 minutes in. Tanya Samarzich, however, responded for Mexico (0-2-0) in the 70th minute to earn her country a single point.

Canada (1-0-1) is currently tied for second in Group A with Ghana (1-0-1) and will face group leader North Korea (2-0-0) on Tuesday with a berth in the quarter-finals on the line.

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