Opinion: Believe the hype. France shows why it's a World Cup favorite with dominant win


SportsPulse: The Women’s World Cup is just over a month away and the USWNT’s roster is set. Nancy Armour tells you the players you need to know heading into France.

PARIS — France deserves every bit of the hype it got before the World Cup.

It wasn’t merely the way it dominated South Korea in a 4-0 victory that was, frankly, even more lopsided than the score indicated. It was the confidence and joy with which Les Bleues played Friday night, showing no indication they will be weighed down or intimidated by the considerable expectations on them. Players danced after goals, smiled often and seemed to draw energy from the boisterous crowd at sold-out Parc des Princes. 

“We knew it was going to be a very emotional evening but think we managed it well,” said Wendie Renard, named player of the match after scoring two goals. “When you have more than 45,000 people singing the French national anthem, obviously it does drive you forward. But I think we started the game really well and made the most out of the crowd support.”

There is little question that France has the talent to win a World Cup. Amandine Henry is mesmerizing, as she showed with her…

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