France defeated 2-0 today with a goal by Pichon in the 31st minute and one from Sonia Bompastor in the 36th minute. Here's the rough translation of the article put out by the FFF: By beating Denmark (2-0) Friday evening in Lens, in the first leg of the journey to the World Cup next year, the French national team made a good start to qualification. The return leg will take place on Sunday the 15th of September in Odense. If the recent defeat conceded vis-a-vis Switzerland (1-2), a match of preparation, gave birth to some concern in the stands from the tricolour supporters, the players of Elisabeth Loisel quickly showed in this game that what they could do to take advantage of one simple mishap. Thus, after first fifteen minutes balanced, the Blues resolutely took the match into their hands, dominating the Danes and creating several rather clear occasions. Ascending to score twice after a half an hour of play thanks to two goals registered almost one after another: the first by the inevitable Marinette Pichon (31st), and the second by the player montpelliéraine, Sonia Bompastor (36ème, photograph below). In second period, the Blues went about containing the rather hesistant Danish reaction rather easily to the great happiness of the 8,000 people at the Satde Felix-Bollaert in Lens. One will be able simply to consider it regrettable that Les Bleues could not convert the three on two chances which were presented to them . In this first match between these two teams since Euro 2001 when the Danes won 4-3, Les Bleues avenged that loss to the Scandinavians. It is a done thing. But only one half of the course has been completed. It will be necessary to preserve this advantage of two goals on the 15th at Odense to continue the road which leads to World Cup in China in 2003 A road which will pass through either England or Iceland... Bompastor and several other National team members are involved in the CNFE which is a boarding school which combines training in soccer(playing as well as medical stuff) as well as a university for those subjects that people may want to study. Pichon now has 43 international goals in 61 matches. Bompastor's goal was her first in 28 matches. She is a defender, you know and only 23. Also defender Corinne Diacre played in her 90th match for Les Bleues. In a little article I saw about her it mentioned that she is hoping to break Kristine Lilly's record. However, the article says that Lilly has played in more internationals than French women's team has ever played so it will be hard to beat. So Pichon and the French are one step close to going to the World Cup. Yes and Oui!