In Llanelli, the land of rugby in the United Kingdom, the French women’s football team took a giant step towards Oceania and the 2023 World Cup, by beating their staunchest rival in the knockout rounds 2-1 on Friday, April 8, Welsh. With 21 points already accumulated, the maximum possible in 7 games, the French team is almost certain to retain the first place in Group I after the playoffs, at the beginning of September.
It will even be able to transform the test against its new runner-up, Slovenia (defeated 3-2 in the first leg), starting on Tuesday in Le Mans, where even a tie would officially qualify it for the next World Cup in July and August 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
“It was a complicated game, in difficult conditions, we didn’t see the best side of the France team”plus “We took a big step towards qualifying and that’s the main thing”savored the trainer, Corinne Deacon.
Wendie Renard defender, captain and serial goalscorer
In the hot and windy Parc y Scarlets, the red-and-white temple of the British Oval, the Blues extended their winning streak to eleven games, while reinforcing their confidence three months before the European Championship.
Shaken in the first leg, despite a flattering scoreline (2-0), the Blues shook again on Friday against Jess Fishlock’s team. The release came from Captain Wendie Renard and Chief Pyrotechnician Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
Renard offered himself a 33me goal in the afternoon of his 130me selection, the fourth in four games, proving once again that she, the great defender, was a lethal weapon from set pieces (31me, 1-0). The Lyonnaise, strangely marked in the area, took advantage of a tailored service from Sandie Toletti in a corner.
A complicated end to the game.
An unstoppable goalscorer, Katoto added a pawn to her collection by blocking a clearance by goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan (57me2-0) in suffocating pressure that improved his overall performance.
Long-awaited after his departure with a flamethrower against Paris-SG, with whom he said he was in “totally disagree” As for its future, “MAK” has long been transparent, or clumsy, before hiding its own. At Llanelli, the 23-year-old striker scored a 14me goal in ten selections this season.
Efficient offensively, the Blues instead displayed a sometimes worrying defensive fever. They could have been sanctioned with a penalty (58me) in a foul by Eve Périsset, which the referee saw outside the area, which was not easy, and they escaped the draw due to offside (73me).
Because, meanwhile, the Welsh captain, Sophie Ingle (71me, 2-1) had given hope to the more than 4,500 local fans, taking advantage of a too weak marking in a corner. Les Bleues suffered then, a lot, but without flinching, to open their horizons further to the east.