Le Sommer, free kick goals help France send statement in win over Colombia

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France sent a message to Olympic groupmates Team USA with a resounding 4-0 win over Colombia on Wednesday in Belo Horizonte.

Camile Abily and Amel Majri each scored free kick goals, Eugenie Le Sommer scored in a dominant performance, and a Colombia own goal rounded out the scoring.

France next faces Team USA in a massive match after the Yanks won 2-0 versus New Zealand earlier Wednesday, while Colombia moves on to face the Football Ferns in a must-win match for both sides.

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France netted just as the game passed the one minute mark, as Le Sommer’s cross was deflected in by Colombia’s Carolina Arias. 1-0, 2′.

They looked set to make it 2-0 from an in-tight free kick, but Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepúlveda darted in front of the offering before Wendie Renard could nod it home.

Elise Bussaglia fired a laser just off frame in the 13th minute as France continued to control the proceedings. Le Sommer added a second via diving header in the 14th minute when she followed a rebound off the cross bar.

Colombia found some momentum as the game entered its second 20 minutes, with a corner kick and free kick series that ended when

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 03: Players of France celebrates a scored goal against Colombia during a match between France and Colombia as part of Women's Football - Olympics at Mineirao Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
(Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Sepulveda then parried well after Le Sommer dribbled through the 18 to take a left-footed shot. It was her sixth shot of the game, all coming within the first half hour.

Abily swooped a 19-yard free kick over the wall and past a diving Sepulveda before halftime to make it 3-0. It was a gorgeous shot.

Majri lofted a left-footed free kick over Sepulveda, off the cross bar, and into the goal with less than 10 minutes to play.

France played a near-suffocating defense to go with its strong attack and, considering the competition today, was probably the most impressive side of the nascent tournament.