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France continues domination of England
March 12th, 2014 3:08PM
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[CYPRUS CUP] France won the Cyprus Women's Cup -- one of two 12-team women's tournaments held each March -- with a 2-0 win over England on first-half goals by Gaetane Thiney and Camille Abily in Wednesday's final. It's been 40 years since the Bleues have lost to England in women's soccer.

Cyprus Cup:
Final: France 2 England 0
3rd place: South Korea 0 Scotland 0
(South Korea wins on penalties.)
5th place: Canada 2 Ireland 1
7th place: Australia 5 Italy 2
9th place: Netherlands 4 Switzerland 1
11th place: New Zealand 1 Finland 0

France's title was its first since former national team goalie Philippe Bergeroo took over as women's national team coach following its quarterfinal exit at Euro 2013. The Bleues looked to be headed to the third-place game in the Cyprus Cup, but a goal by Wendie Renard in the fourth minute of stoppage time gave France a 3-0 win over the Netherlands in their final placement and the extra goal it needed to edge surprise Scotland for first place in their group.

The France-England game marked the first international appearance for longtime England star Kelly Smith, formerly of WUSA and WPS, since Euro 2013.

Canada, host of next year's Women's World Cup, had to settle for fifth place with a 2-1 win over Ireland on goals by Sophie Schmidt and Diana Matheson.

Sam Kerr and Katrina Gorry, who will play in the NWSL this season, scored in Australia' 5-2 win over Italy in the seventh-place game. Emily Van Egmond, who played for Seattle in 2013, had two goals for the Matildas, who were warming up for the Asian Women's Cup that serves as Women's World Cup qualifying in May.

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