Women’s World Cup: France captain, Renard speaks on 1-0 win over Super Falcons

France captain, Wendie Renard, has admitted that it was tough to defeat Nigeria in their final Group A fixture at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The African champions made Corinne Diacre’s ladies work hard as they needed a 79th-minute controversial penalty to win the match.

Renard, while speaking to reporters afterwards, expressed her delight at their 100 per cent start to the tournament.

The Lyon star, who scored the winner, said: “No, I don’t think there was any tension. The Nigerian team didn’t give us any space to play.

“In the first two matches, it was different. But all of the work we were able to do in the first half allowed us to get into those spaces in the second half.

“Even if I think we could have scored a few more goals, we were able to get those opportunities and for me, that’s very positive.

“When it came to it, the players were asking me whether I wanted to take another go at it, and I decided I was going to take the penalty again.

“It was very good for the team, and also for me as well. I’m very positive. Three games, three wins.

“So if we were to take stock of this first stage, I think we can continue with this momentum, we can ride a wave. We have this great crowd behind us for every game and we want it to continue.”