By Dom Agbakpe,
The Black Princesses got off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on a poor start as they were beaten 4-1 by France at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes on Sunday evening.
The host began the game on the front foot in the opening period, piling pressure on the Black Princesses and created a couple of chances but failed to convert them.
Emelyne Laurent deservedly puts the host infront on 5th minutes following their dominance.
Helene Fercocq doubled France’s advantage on 19th minutes after her feeble strike crawl past Princesses goalkeeper Marthan Annan following a pass from captain Marie Katoto.
The Black Princesses’s had their first real chance of the game on the 11th minutes via forward Sandra Owusu Ansah as her shot was well saved by French keeper.
Emelyne Laurent registered her brace and France’s third on the 30th minutes after being put onside by Ghana’s full-back Linda Amaoko.
France continued their dominance earlier in the second half but could not pay off this time 13th minutes into the second period, Supreme Ladies attacker, Sandra Owusu Ansah gave Ghana a little bit of hope as she skipped past the French keeper to reduce the deficit after receiving a through pass from Grace Asantewaa.
France committed more players forward late on in the game in search of 4th goal but that did happen as substitute Sandy Baltimore tucks home a rebound after Martha Annan failed to push the ball away following a freekick.
The defeat take the Princesses to the bottom of Group A – Next up for Yussif Basigi’s girls is Netherlands at the same venue – Stade de la Rabine on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, debutants Netherlands narrowly beat New Zealand 2-1 in the other Group A game.