WASHINGTON - Marinette Pichon, last year's MVP in the WUSA,
kept France alive in the Women's World Cup on Wednesday night,
scoring in the 84th minute in a 1-0 victory over South Korea.
With her team on the brink of elimination, Pichon controlled the
ricochet of Elodie Woock's free kick from the left wing and drove
home the winning goal from 12 yards. It was the first Women's World
Cup goal for France, which got shut out 2-0 in its debut game last
Saturday against Norway.
A tie would have ended any chance of France (1-1) advancing to
the quarterfinals. Now they are tied for second in Group B with
Norway, with a final first-round game against first-place Brazil on
South Korea (0-2), also making its first World Cup appearance,
has yet to score in two games. They will finish group play against
Norway on Saturday.
Pichon played for the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA. She won
the MVP award in 2002 after scoring 14 goals in 18 games.