The Bleues didn’t have the time. Last great nation to compete in the women’s Euro football, Corinne Deacon players were getting impatient in their rural base camp in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and were eager to fight on Sunday 10 July on the pristine grass of New York Stadium. Rotherham (Great Britain).

And it felt, with French women starting too early, before the end of the official countdown. So it was the scoreboard’s turn to act, not showing the game timer. However, the Habs took less than a first half to fold the deal against Italy (5-1), announced however as a potential scarecrow of group D.

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Sixteen years almost a day after the France-Italy of 9 July 2006 in the final of the Men’s World Cup – lost by the Blues on penalties – the French did not deign to play with their fans’ nerves. The reading of the match would have been different if the goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin had not stopped the match, leaving with the tip of the right handball the point-blank shot of the Italian Barbara Bonan Sea (4And), while the score was still empty.

Touched by Grace

After this heat stroke, storm Grace Geyoro, author of a hat-trick and logically designated player of the match, arrived. Injured in preparation, the Paris-Saint-Germain resident returned just in time for this continental match. Marie Antoinette Katoto (12And) and Delphine Cascarino (38And) completed the game board.

Little used during the 2019 World Cup, the 25-year-old midfielder confirms the weight gained in the game in a club in Paris for several seasons. Number 8 knew how to speed up when the game called for it. The native of Kolwezi (Democratic Republic of Congo) took advantage of great freedom in midfield to often find herself close to the surface, as in the opening (9And), or in fourth base (40And).

“I managed to make many chances, I was also well served by my teammates, both on crosses and on deviations. I tried as much as possible to support the actions “, decrypted the player in the press conference, individual trophy placed on the desk.

Very expressive in her technical area on every goal of her team and smiling at the end of the game, Corinne Deacon managed the second degree to the microphone of TF1 at the end of the game: “Should be hurt more often” jokes the technician.

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A goal and an assist for Katoto

To their advantage the Parisiennes trio, with a very restless Kadidiatou Diani on the right flank, tormenting the side Lisa Boattin on several occasions. Marie-Antoinette Katoto also weighed heavily with her lineout play and sharp calls. For her first game in a major tournament, number 9 – which she knows is highly anticipated – scored a goal and provided an assist.

After two warm-up matches won hands down against very weak opponents – Cameroon and Vietnam – France were able to count on great comebacks before the match, such as those of captain Wendie Renard, winger Sakina Karchaoui and then Grace Geyoro. The big surprise came from the central defense, as Corinne Deacon renounced the services of Griedge Mbock in favor of Aïssatou Tounkara.

And if these successes to the river during the pre-tournament were considered insignificant given the weakness of the opponents, this victory is a scorer, against a team that considered themselves more likely to upset France.

“We expected a tighter result and a more close match” recognized the Italian coach, Milena Bertolini. France already has a lot of experience with its young people who are already very strong. Italy will need a lot of courage “ once again the former national Patrizia Panico was cautioned for The world out of the game.

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A big step towards the quarters

The third nation in the FIFA rankings shone against a country driven by an ambitious game philosophy. The transalpines have thus always tried to relaunch the ball well, on the basis of short passes, and could have questioned Corinne Deacon’s troops in the event of an opening. The “Azzurre” remained on a promising draw against Spain on 1uh July (1-1). But the absence of Valentina Cernoia – positive at Covid – was felt, a real metronome of the Italian environment.

If the French fans were scattered all over the 8,571 spectators in the stands of the New York Stadium, the Habs did not disperse, despite a less controlled end of the game. Led by five goals in the interval, the Azzurri had the merit of saving the honor thanks to Martina Piemonte (76And) and could have narrowed the gap even further at the end of the game if Selma Bacha then goalkeeper Peyraud-Magnin hadn’t made two saves. “The players are human and inevitably the second period was less good” summarizes Corinne Deacon.

With a comfortable goal difference, (+4), a new victory against Belgium on July 14 – kept in check against Iceland (1-1) – would ensure Italy’s qualification for the quarter-finals on the national holiday.

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