8 min: France get themselves in a tangle at the back, Mbock Bathy unable to deal with the bustling presence of Herlovsen as they chase a long ball. Herlovsen comes out on top, muscling the France centre-back out the way, and Bouhaddi has to sprawl from her line to confront the Norway forward. The goalkeeper’s unconvincing, though, and again Herlovsen is too strong. At one point Bouhaddi looks like she’s about to knock the striker over. Instead the ball squirms clear on the left and Herlovsen turns and sends in a cross that drifts out of play.
7 min: Norway have crept out of their own half. They’ll need to work hard to deal with this early French flurry. The home fans are also making a lot of noise.
5 min: It’s a typically fast start from France, the kind that suggests they were sniffing raw steak just before emerging from the dressing room. They win another corner, this time on the right, but Henry can’t do anything with Majri’s deep delivery.
4 min: “There’s nothing wrong with a 13-0 scoreline, I suppose, but it would have caused a great deal more gaiety and cheer in the world had the USA been on the 0 side of it,” Charles Antaki says.
2 min: The brilliant Le Sommer charges down the left and whacks a cross into the area. It’s only half cleared and Norway panic a little when a ricochet takes the ball back into the path of Henry. But she’s offside when she shoots wide. No need to fret.
Peep! France, in their dark blue, get the game underway in Nice. Norway, all in white, immediately concede a free-kick on the left. Thiney’s fizzing delivery is dangerous, but Diani can’t connect at the far post.
The teams are out. Time for the anthems!
Hands up for the warmup …
It’s the generation game …
Team news: France v Norway
France: Bouhaddi, Torrent, Mbock, Renard, Majri, Bussaglia, Henry, Diani, Thiney, Le Sommer, Gauvin
Norway: Hjelmseth, Moe Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde, Sævik, Bøe Risa, Engen, Reiten, Graham, Herlovsen
Hello. I believe in 13-0! I believe in 13-0! I believe in 13-0! Ok, maybe not this evening. This one’s unlikely to be a horrible mismatch. France were quick, slick and strong in their opening game against South Korea, but the hosts will face a stern test against the tough Norwegians, who made light of the absence of Ada Hegerberg demonstrating their threat with a thumping 3-0 win over Nigeria. This one could decide who wins Group A and it promises to be tight, tense and thoroughly entertaining, which is exactly what I deserve after sitting through Argentina 0-0 Japan the other day.
Kick-off: 8pm BST, 9pm CET.