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France beat holders England in Euro 2025 qualifying

Marie-Antoinette Katoto's second-half goal has lifted France to a 2-1 victory away to reigning champions England in their Women's Euro 2025 qualifying match at St James' Park.

Friday's win kept Les Bleues in top spot in the group.

France lead section A3 with nine points after three games, while the Lionesses' loss was a big blow, dropping them to third below Sweden, who trounced Ireland 3-0 earlier.

Sweden and England have four points apiece but the Swedes lead on goal difference. The Irish are bottom without a point.

Beth Mead put the hosts ahead on the half-hour when she latched onto Lauren Hemp's low cross to fire home from close range.

France raised their game and Elisa de Almeida volleyed home a corner from Kenza Dali in the 41st.

Katoto put the visitors ahead after 68 minutes when she turned to fire a shot into the far corner past substitute goalkeeper Hannah Hampton following an injury in the eighth minute to starting No.1 Mary Earps.

The teams meet again on Tuesday in Saint-Etienne.

Sweden enjoyed their win away to Ireland thanks to two goals from Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and one by Fridolina Rolfo. The sides are set to meet again in Stockholm in four days' time.

Rytting Kaneryd broke the deadlock in the 26th minute and Rolfo, who won the Champions League with Barcelona last Saturday, doubled the advantage with a brilliant curled effort after 66 minutes.

Ranked 25th in the world compared to Sweden's sixth, the Irish put the visitors under enormous physical pressure at times but despite some decent chances they again failed to register their first goal of the campaign.

Rytting Kaneryd swept home the third goal to wrap up the victory in the 86th minute.