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England v France as it happened

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By Jessica Creighton

1946: What is it with England and spot kicks? France win 4-3 on penalties in front of 29,000 fans in Leverkusen. The Lionesses will feel they've had a record-making appearance in the World Cup semi-final snatched from their grasp after they were three minutes from victory. The final will be live on BBC Three, don't forget. Thanks for joining me, it's a shame we couldn't part under more joyful circumstanstances.

England 3-4 France - FAYE WHITE MISSES

England 3-4 France - LE SOMMER SCORES

England 3-3 France - RAFFERTY MISSES

England 3-3 France - BOMPASTOR SCORES

England 3-2 France - STONEY SCORES

England 2-2 France - THINEY SCORES

England 2-1 France - CARNEY SCORES

England 1-1 France - BUSSAGLIA SCORES

England 1-0 France - KELLY SMITH SCORES

England 0-0 France - ABILIY MISSES

Full time
1929: Penalties it is, then. With so many injuries in the England camp I wonder who'll be taking them.

1927: England are dropping like flies in Leverkusen as Jill Scott falls to the floor with cramp. 1 minute remains of extra time. England have really had to hang on.

1920: France forward Le Sommer with her side's best chance of extra-time but she heads way over. The ball hung nicely in the air for the Lyon attacker but she couldn't make the most of it.

1917: A collision between Le Sommer and Bardsley in the England penalty box leaves the keeper hobbling a little. That's three England players on the their last legs now. Still all-square at 1-1. Penalties imminent.

1911: England are suffering but France are yet to capitalise. We're in the second half of extra time now. If proceedings remain the same for the next 15 minutes, penalties. Eek.

1908: A weary England burst into life as Smith knocks on to Ellen White. The Arsenal Ladies forward was clear of the defenders but her shot ripples the side netting. Tired legs.

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Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "With a huge dose of hindsight taking off both full-backs now looks a strange decision. France continue to look strong."

1900: Dare I say the dreaded p-word? If we don't see a goal in extra-time, the game will be decided on penalties. I hear England have been practicing, though.

1856: The first half of extra time has begun. Kelly Smith is hobbling and Faye White has just picked up an ankle injury. This is going to be a tall order for England now, with France calm and in control.

Full time
1851: And we're going into extra-time. That late equaliser from France means England will have to regroup. Powell has used all her substitutions, seemingly to hold out for a win. Houghton and Rafferty, World Cup debutants, will need to play the game of their lives in the full-back positions.

1849: And if it wasn't bad enough for England, midfielder Kelly Smith is really struggling having picked up an injury. Anita Asante has joined the action for England by the way. Good job too as the Lionesses are having to hold on.

FRANCE GOAL:
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
France refused to give up and it's paid off. An impressive shot from Bussaglia from outside the box curled in off the woodwork. But France haven't taken their foot off the gas, they're looking for a winner.

1844: GOALFLASH England 1-1 France (Bussaglia)

1840: Once again, Thomis breaks free of the English defence down the right flank but Bardsley keeps England in the game, staying tall in her goal to stop the shot. England 1-0 France. Just.

1837: ENGLAND SUBSTITUTIONS: Steph Houghton on for Alex Scott and Claire Raffety on for Rachel Unitt

1833: And just as I say that Thomis sprints past the England defence on the right but her shot is saved well by Bardsley. France are fired up now. It's going to be an interesting final 15 minutes. Still England 1-0 France.

1830: France coach Bruno Bini brings on Elodie Thomis to join the French attack. England defence beware, she's pacy and has already scored in this World Cup.

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From BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley on Twitter: "Can see Asante coming on second half. That midfield steel helps the creative players to be more effective, as in last game."

1820: And the French have been rattled by that goal. Although, shell shocked might be a better description. Les Bleus not sure how they've managed to go a goal down after all their possession. I'm not quite sure either. But you have to take your chances when they come, which England have done.

ENGLAND GOAL:
Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Guess who? England's best player of the tournament so far, of course. Jill Scott. After a through ball from Yankey, Scott latched onto the ball to the left of the penalty box. Glancing up, Scott noticed the third choice keeper out of position and buried her shot in the back of the net from 20 yards out. England 1-0 France.

1815: GOALFLASH England 1-0 France (J. Scott)

1811: A pin-point cross from Unitt finds a waiting Jill Scott whose header doesn't find the target. When England actually put the French defence under pressure, weaknesses are exposed. Still 0-0.

1804: Delie comes ever so close. The French number 18 collects a deflected shot on the edge of the area but blazes her shot just wide of Bardsley right-hand post.

1801: We're off again in Leverkusen. No substitutions for England just yet. Will we see another round of super subs from manager Powell? It made the difference in England's games against New Zealand and Japan.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Leverkusen:"France's Louisa Necib and Gaetane Thiney are causing all sorts of problems for England and if it carries on like this Hope Powell's team will suffer. England need to keep the ball better and get it to Karen Carney and Kelly Smith but they have been defending for the large part. Time for some energy from the bench?"

1751:Martin Keown on BBC Two: "France are very well organised and dominant in midfield. Technically they are very gifted and they are shooting from all angles, and Karen Bardsley has made some fantastic saves. But I think England can do a lot more - they are being undone down the left flank and Rachel Unitt and Rachel Yankey need to get together to stop that. Also, Ellen White is on her own up front and England need to get more players up into the final third to support her. It is only half-time but Hope Powell needs to sort out where the problems are and change things."

Half time
1747: A late England surge in stoppage time does little to distract from them being out-played for much of the half. But for all of France's dominance, they haven't converted their chances. The score remains 0-0 and so all to play for.

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Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "England's only shot so far came from Kelly Smith after 15 secs. Getting to HT at 0-0 would be good news for Hope Powell's team."

1740: With five minutes to go in the half, France are continuing to exert their dominance. They've managed eight shots to England's one. Once again the Lionesses will need to step it up after the interval. I wonder what substitutions England manager, Powell, has in mind.

1735: English hearts in mouths as a Bardsley clearance is charged down. It fizzes well wide in the end but for a moment…

1730: France are enjoying themselves. A nice looking Thiney through ball is met by Delie whose resulting shot is charged down by England captain White. The following corner leads to a powerful Necib shot which soars over the bar. Les Bleus don't seem to mind shooting from distance.

1726: Thiney rifles in a shot from outside the box following a French counter-attack. Bardsley saves well. French look dangerous on the break as they press forward with pace.

1714: A dangerous ball sweeps across the England box from Lepailleur but defender Scott sees it out. France seem to enjoy these longer, loftier balls, in contrast to England's last opponents Japan who kept the their passing short and sweet.

1710: Great block from 'Crouchy' aka Jill Scott to thwart a French shot on the edge of the area. The Lionesses have started well, pressing France all over the pitch to keep them under pressure. Great to see a livelier Kelly Smith - if she plays well, England certainly will too.

From England midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Good luck to the #England ladies today in there World cup Semi-final! Come on #England show the men how to do it!"

1704: France's number 10, Abily, attempts a shot from way out. England keeper Bardsley is equal to it. Meanwhile, England's Fara Williams has picked up a yellow card already. Only her side's second of the competiton.

1700: They've kicked off. Blazing start from England as Kelly Smith beats the off-side trap, rounds the French keeper, Deville, but has her shot at the open goal blocked.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Leverkusen:"Except for suspended keeper Berangere Sapowicz, France field the same team that crushed Canada 4-0. Gaetane Thiney scored twice in that game and she may look to exploit the forward runs of England right-back Alex Scott. France also field five women who won last season's Champions League final with Lyon."

1655: Strong words from BBC Sport pundit and ex-England international Martin Keown: "The women's team have put the men to shame in the way they've really embraced this tournament. I'm very confident." Refresh your pages now and you can watch for yourself at the top of the page.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: "Hope Powell pictured on bench during warm-up sipping a brew. I keep saying this, tea is the answer to everything."

1645: If you're seeing video at the top of your screen, that's fine, it's a live stream of BBC Two where the match will be shown in five minutes (1650 BST).

1643: England v France line-ups:
England:
Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey, Fara Williams, Ellen White, Kelly Smith, Karen Carney.
Subs: Chamberlain, Bradley, Asante, Clarke, Aluko, Houghton, Bassett, Susi, Rafferty, Brown.
France:Devile, Georges, Soubeyrand, Bompastor, Abily, Lepailleur, Necib, Bussaglia, Thiney, Delie, Viguier.
Subs: Renard, Boulleau, Meilleroux, Franco, Le Sommer, Thomis, Pizzala, Bretigny, Philippe.
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden).

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Leverkusen: "Hope Powell recalls captain Faye White, Fara Williams and Rachel Yankey, and it is the same team, apart from Ellen White, which started against Mexico. Most notably, White replaces Sophie Bradley at centre-half despite the 21-year-old impressing in England's best performance so far against Japan."

1639: Some even better news, the latest installment of star England midfielder Jill Scott's video diary is out. Some hilarious goings-on with some air freshner and a fly infestation. It has to be seen to be believed. The 24-year-old has been an extremley important part of England's progress so far both on and off the pitch.

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1634: I'm Jessica Creighton and I'll be taking you through today's quarter-final action between England & France. Tweet me your thoughts (via hashtag #bbcfootball ) or @Jess_BBCSport. Or text 81111 (UK) with FOOTBALL before your message.

1632: The good news is, neither have France. Add to that Les Bleues heavy loss against Germany in their last game AND losing their goalkeeper to a red card, and things don't seem so bad. In fact, they look rather good.

1630: Do you want the good news or the bad news? Always best to get the negative stuff out the first, isn't it? Bad news is England Women haven't beaten the French since 1974 and have never got past the quarter-final stage of a World Cup…




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