After the draw for Les Bleues against Iceland in the European Championship (1-1), find out what caught the attention of the editorial staff.
Melvine Malard has an appointment
45 seconds to reassure and secure. Melvine Malard will not have dragged herself this Monday to shake up the Icelandic nets, and to prove that Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s replacement costume, abandoned for the rest of the competition, did not scare her. At 22 years and 20 days old, the Lyonnais has simply become the youngest scorer in the history of Les Bleues in a European Championship and a World Cup. A success that had the merit of putting her in confidence. Maybe a little too much in an action where he favored the strike instead of changing Kadidiatou Diani to the right. But at least he had the merit of daring, and not hiding. It is true that she does not have the same qualities as the Parisian in the game of back and deflection. But he showed enough quality in this match to quell some concerns before the quarter-finals against the Netherlands on 23 July.
Clara Matéo, the right pass (and decisive).
At 24, the Paris FC player is, without a doubt, the revelation of this start in the European Championship for the French team. If some were surprised to find her on Corinne Deacon’s list of 23, Clara Matéo silenced skeptics. Very versatile, as the coach uses him more in the middle of the field, attacking him at his club. A choice that bore fruit, as the accuracy of his passes worked wonders. Thus, it is she who gives the ball at the right time to Melvine Malard in the first goal, her second assist in the European Championship. And there could have been a third without Var’s intervention in the 88th minute, when he served Grace Geyoro. Looking ahead to the quarter-finals, it now seems difficult to do without the Parisian.
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According to difficult periods offensively
The matches follow one another and are similar for the French, who were counterproductive from the start of the match before slowly giving way. With always a lack of efficiency in front of the goal against the second half, during which he has three games that have not scored in this Euro. Symbol of this inadequacy this Monday evening, the performance of Sandy Baltimore. Extremely active, the Paris SG player has shown great promise. But also shortcomings to better conclude their many initiatives. And even bad luck got involved when he hit the crossbar (55th). Like Grace Geyoro who found an amount in the way of her strike (67th). So, for now, the difference in goals of the Blues in the second half in the European Championship is … -2.
The Var, very unfavorable in France
If the first goal denied to Melvine Malard is not open to discussion as the Lyonnais’ offside was indisputable, even at real speed (68), however, which denied Grace Geyoro in the 88th minute raises doubts. Well served by Clara Matéo, the Frenchwoman touched the ball with her hand, but involuntarily and was squeezed, if not contained, by an opposing defender. It’s hard to say how he could have done otherwise, or even what advantage he could have taken from it. Even in slow motion, rejecting the Parisian’s goal didn’t seem obvious. And finally came the penalty awarded at the last second to the Icelanders, on a foul by Ouleymata Sarr also barely flagrant. What a frustration for the blues …