Germany had several attempts in the opening minutes but failed to convert.
An opening shot from forward Jasmin Sehan hit the crossbar and went over.
Just then in the 16th minute, France swung in a corner kick that bounced off the head of a German player to find the boots of skipper Cascarino, just outside the 18 yards.
Cascarino powered a right footy through that got the crowd roaring for the unexpected goal.
German tried to make a comeback with several outside shots but couldn’t find the net as France leads 1-0 at half-time.
The second half is currently being played.
(Pictures by Troy Taule and Kennedy Bani)