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France faces South Korea in 2019 Women’s World Cup opening game

Gonzalo Fuentes, Reuters | Soccer Football - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Draw - The Seine Musicale, Paris, France - December 8, 2018.

Tournament hosts France will face South Korea in the opening game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup after being placed in the same group at Saturday’s draw ceremony alongside Norway and Nigeria.

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France are in Group A of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, joined by South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.

Old rivals England and Scotland will meet in Nice in their opening game in Group D on June 9. They also met in their opening group game at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, with England romping to a 6-0 victory on their way to a semi-final defeat at the hands of the hosts.

Phil Neville’s side were also semi-finalists at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, losing to Japan, while Scotland will be making their debut at the finals next year. Their group is completed by former winners Japan as well as Argentina.

Japan lost 5-2 to the United States in the 2015 final in Vancouver, and the reigning champions were drawn in Group F along with Sweden, Thailand and tournament newcomers Chile.

Australia were among the top seeds, but Alen Stajcic’s side must face Brazil and Italy as well as Jamaica in Group C.

The final of the 24-team competition will be held in Lyon on July 7 next year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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