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July 11, 2011

France end England’s World Cup dreams

By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport Venue: GermanyDate: 26 June – 17 JulyCoverage: Watch the final live on BBC Three and online (UK only)Highlights - England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens) Highlights – England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens)

England’s women are out of the World Cup after losing a dramatic quarter-final on penalties to France.

Karen Bardsley’s save from Camille Abily put England on top in the shoot-out but Claire Rafferty and Faye White both missed to send the French through.

France had dominated for long periods of normal time but Jill Scott fired England ahead against the run of play.

Hope Powell’s side were three minutes away from a place in the last four when Elise Bussaglia forced extra-time.

Instead England slipped to an agonising defeat and it is France who will progress to face either the United States or Brazil in their semi-final on Wednesday.

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I am very proud of my players. Unfortunately when it came down to penalties, you just had to applaud France

England coach Hope Powell

A disappointed Powell told the BBC: “It was a gallant effort and there were some really tired legs out there today. Our games have been tough and we were dead on our feet at the end.

“I am very proud of my players. They did their very best to take it to the wire. Unfortunately when it came down to penalties, you just had to applaud France.”

Both sides looked tired in extra-time, and Kelly Smith was virtually a passenger because of injury, but both wasted chances to win it, with Ellen White firing wide when through on goal and Eugenie Le Sommer off target with a back-post header.

That meant penalties, and again England were initially on top when Bardsley sprang to her right to deny Abily from France’s first effort.

Hope Powell Hope Powell proud of ‘gallant’ England

Smith, Karen Carney and Casey Stoney all scored to leave England 3-2 up, but Claire Rafferty dragged her effort wide and France were able to begin their celebrations when Faye White slammed her spot-kick against the bar.

France had created most of the chances during the 90 minutes, although England had started the brighter, with Smith rounding France keeper Celine Deville after just 15 seconds, only to see her shot blocked by Laura Georges.

Bruno Bini’s side soon settled, though, and began passing the ball fluidly, with Abily particularly influential down the right wing.

The French also started to pepper Bardsley’s goal with shots from distance, with their best effort a Gaetane Thiney snap-shot from the edge of the area that forced a diving save from the England keeper.

England, with Ellen White looking isolated up front, were struggling to make an impact with their more direct approach and they had more defending to do before half-time.

Louisa Necib went close after a corner was half-cleared, while Sandrine Soubeyrand fired wide and Abily saw another effort clear the bar.

England improved after the break but were still on the back-foot and France went close with further efforts from Marie-Laure Delie and Thiney.

Powell responded by pushing Scott further forward and she soon went close to finding the net with a flicked header from Rachel Unitt’s whipped cross.

A mix-up in the France defence allowed Scott another sight of goal after 58 minutes and this time she made no mistake, advancing to the edge of the area before expertly lifting the ball over Deville.

Rachel Yankey Yankey feels for White after shoot-out

France came back strongly and forced some intense late pressure that saw substitute Elodi Thomis force a superb late save from Bardsley and Ellen White clear Laura Lepailleur’s header off the line.

But England’s resistance was ended three minutes from time when the ball broke for Bussaglia on the edge of the area for her to curl the ball into the top corner and their subsequent shoot-out misery meant their hopes of a first appearance in the World Cup semi-finals were dashed.

Afterwards, Powell hailed what she called a “gallant effort” by her side and defended her decision to bring back Faye White and Fara Williams after they were rested in the 2-0 win over Japan on Tuesday.

She also explained that her decision to bring World Cup debutants Steph Houghton and Claire Rafferty off the bench for experienced duo Alex Scott and Rachel Unitt towards the end of the 90 minutes was for injury and tactical reasons.

“Alex said she had a injury and Rafferty was for pace,” Powell said. “Rachel Unitt would have struggled against Thomis, and we knew that was going to happen, they always bring her on.

“Claire was very brave to step up and want to take a penalty, I have nothing but admiration for her.”

France Ladies: Deville, Viguier, Georges, Lepailleur, Soubeyrand (Thomis 67), Bompastor, Abily, Necib (Bretigny 79), Bussaglia, Thiney, Delie, Bretigny (Le Sommer 106). Subs Not Used: Philippe,Renard,Boulleau,Meilleroux,Franco, Pizzala.

Goals: Bussaglia 87.

England Ladies: Bardsley,Alex Scott (Houghton 81),Stoney, Faye White, Unitt (Rafferty 81), Carney, Jill Scott, Williams, Yankey (Asante 84), Smith, Ellen White. Subs Not Used: Brown, Chamberlain, Clarke, Aluko, Bradley, Bassett, Susi.

Booked: Williams,Ellen White,Bardsley,Jill Scott.

Goals: Jill Scott 58.

Att: 25,000

Ref: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden).

Highlights - England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens) Highlights – England 1-1 France (3-4 on pens)

June 30, 2011


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February 27 & 28, 2010
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March 3 & 4, 2010
Pearl Continental Hotel
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June 30, 2011

Pakistani community in France neglected, abandoned

The Pakistani embassy in Paris is not well connected with the Pakistani community. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ

PARIS: Pakistani community in France has unlimited complaints from the Pakistani embassy in Paris and term it as alien place for them. They also criticized the staff attitude as non-cooperative and cut off from its own community.

Ahmad Jalal, member of Pakistani Community in Paris, shared his personal experience in the Pakistani embassy, told the Express Tribune, “As I applied for my national identity card in December this year but yet to get it and have no response from the embassy as well. What I believe, our embassy is not linked with majority of the Pakistanis but only with few people. Overall they are cut from the Pakistani community. Pakistani community does not have that access to the embassy which should have them. They need to integrate more with the Pakistani community.”

Narrating, a practical incident occurred when President Asif Ali Zardari was here, attending an exhibition of Gandhara Art,  he said, “The day President Asif Ali Zaradari was here, a French friend of mine called me and told that she could not get access to her library because somebody was there and they had closed all the area to the public which really created a negative image on the local about Pakistan because if other dignitaries come here, they don’t block the roads.

He also criticized PIA and said, “If you go to the PIA office you will find two Chinese attending Pakistani clients which is little strange. The PIA office doesn’t help people the way they should do comparatively other airlines are perfect by every means.

Junaid Khan, a student of Higher Education in Paris was not really happy with the embassy, while narrating his story he told the Express Tribune, “

“My passport was robbed after three weeks of my arrival to France in October, 2009. Upon requesting new passport from the Embassy of Pakistan in Paris, they issued me a new passport with six months validity and was told that five year validity passport needs verification from Pakistan and required a maximum of two months.  So I kept inquiring the embassy for my verification but even after four months, neither could I get any positive answer nor a reason of delay. Disappointing,  I went to the Pakistan embassy in Rome to get a new computerized passport which was issued in 10 days. This was a period of tension besides spending so much money, which was hardly affordable for a student.”

He also complaint about the attitude of the staff in the embassy at the customer service and said that they are harsh and un-professional and don’t give sufficient and accurate information to their citizens.

There is another issue of non availability of Bannk but the only branch of a National bank located in a walking distance due to which going there, a customer often miss then embassy time and practically attending both Bank and Embassy services is not possible.

Shaukat Hussain, a senior member of Pakistani community, who has been living in Paris for 30 years, told the Express Tribune, “Even the clerical staff of the embassy behaves negatively. When they come to office, their first priority is to seek currency rates and gets excited when the rates of dollars are higher. Though their personal offices are grand and specious but the customer service room is very much narrow with low standard facilities. The embassy provides limited tokens which can be got early in the morning. But many more people who come from out of the Paris often cannot get it and they have to stay in hotels. Then those with tokens have to wait in a long queue outside of the embassy which gives very bad impression on the passersby while in other embassies there is a proper system for their communities.

When the Express Tribune approached the embassy of Pakistan in Paris, Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui, Minister/DHM Charge d’Affari, told the Express Tribune, “If the people have genuine complaints, they have every right to speak open and we will redress it but it is also fact that sometime people make issues of non-issues. The very long standing issue people faced here was the non availability of the machine readable passport which has been solved now for them.”

Regarding token and queue issues outside of the embassy, Siddiqui negated the waiting queue complaint and said, “I have never seen any line standing here. Though with the limited resources, we try to provide best services. First we issued 25 tokens but now extended to 40. There is a proper sitting arrangement inside the embassy.”

About the delay in achieving National Identity Card he said that they did the process in time but it got delayed from Pakistan. He also said that unlike India, Pakistani embassy has not cultural centre. “We don’t have funds for cultural promotion and whatever we do in this regard, we do generate it from our own recourses.  As concerned, the culture promotion, so we arrange different activities regularly. For six months consecutively we organized exhibition of Gandhara art here in a museum but our community is not so much interested in it.”

“We have even helped and assisted our community on the off days. Whenever we come to know a Pakistani with an issue, our officers come to the office even on off days and sort out their problem.” He added.