France defeated Brazil 2-1 at Brisbane’s Lang Park on Saturday thanks to a last-minute header from captain Wendie Renard, giving Herve Renard’s team their first victory in Group F of the Women’s World Cup.
After starting the season with a 0-0 draw against Jamaica last Sunday, the defender met Selma Bacha’s corner with a powerful downward header that rebounded up off the field and past goalkeeper Leticia to secure the French all three points.
France now has four points after their first two games, one more than Brazil, who started the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Panama. With the victory, manager Herve Renard became the first manager to win a game at the Men’s World Cup and at the Women’s World Cup.
Who is Hervé Renard?
Renard is a French professional football coach and former player who currently manages the French women’s national team.
Renard previously managed the national squad of Zambia, with whom he won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations; he also triumphed with the Ivory Coast in 2015, making history as the first coach to win the competition twice with different teams. In addition, he served as Morocco’s World Cup coach in 2018. He was named Saudi Arabia’s manager in 2019 and managed the team in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Following Corinne Diacre’s sacking as head coach of the France women’s national football team in March 2023, Renard was brought up as a potential candidate to replace him. Renard’s resignation was accepted by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation on March 29, which allowed him to start working as the head coach of the France women’s team. Renard succeeded Diacre as manager of France’s women’s national team on March 30, taking over with a deal that runs through August 2024.