Even though they lost to Nigeria and tied with Haiti, France's U-17 team advances in the U-17 World Cup in Korea.
In their first game, France lost to Nigeria 2-1. France had the advantages in shots, not cards and eleven corners to Nigeria's two. Still, it was Nigeria that was able to dent the net more than France. France's lone goal came from Bordeaux's 16-year-old Henri Saivet.
Their second game should have been an easy win against Haiti. But France ended up being locked with a 1-1 tie with their former colony.
Again, France had dominated most of the game. But inthe 57th minute, Badis Lebbihi was sent off. This prevented France from scoring again, though they dominated the game with 57% possession. Rennes prospect Damien Le Tallac scored the goal for France.
The third game was the one that eventually assured a place to the next round with a 2-1 win over Japan. Said Mehamha and Emmanuel Riviere socred for France which, again, dominated their opponents.
In the next round, France will take on Tunisia on September 1st. So far France's results haven't been what they should be. But with 23 shots on goal for three games, France will eventually sink some of those balls in.