Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the women’s World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a rampant 4-nil win over South Korea to kick off the tournament, today.

A sell-out crowd of over 45-thousand filled the stadium to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest women’s World Cup yet, but there was no sign of the pressure getting to the French on the big occasion.

The blues are among the favourites to win the trophy on home soil and they showed no mercy to the Koreans, scoring their opening goal in the 9th minute.

Captain Amandine Henry, impressive throughout, wrapped up the win late on in the Group A encounter.

South Korea were hardly able to get out of their own half, with their star player, barely touching the ball.

The display was watched by France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, who were in the crowd alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino.