Qualified in the semi-finals of the 2012 Olympic Games, the French footballers believed in their chances of getting a medal. But Sarah Bouhaddi and the publications said no.
Romain Lavillenie, Tony Estanguet, Teddy Riner, Lucie Decosse, Florent Manaudou, Yannick Agnel. All these athletes have one thing in common: they betrayed the FFL during the London 2012 Olympics. With their gold medal, they once again proved that we cannot trust them.
Fortunately for us, women’s football was also part of it. After a 4-2 drubbing in their first game against the Americans, Les Bleues won their other two group games against North Korea (5-0) and Colombia (1-0). In the quarter-finals, Sweden did not make the cut either (2-1), and allowed France to advance to the semi-finals.
Sarah Bouhaddi gets a full magnifying glass
This Saturday, August 6, 2012, France take on Japan at Wembley. If the final hopes are intact, they will quickly take water in the Thames. From the 32nd minute of the game, in a long Japanese free kick, Sarah Bouhaddi leaves her goal to clear the ball with both fists. But Sarah’s “Superman” outing turns into a scenic performance. Bouhaddi is completely hidden, Yuki Ogimi follows him and opens the scoring in the empty net. The Royal Air Force is almost jealous of this perfect airlift.
The copy looks very much like the original.
Shortly after the break, the Japanese inherit the same free kick, this time on the other side of the field. Then we tell ourselves that the blues will be doubly vigilant. No. Mizuho Sakaguchi has plenty of time to get her head on the surface entrance, fooling Sarah Bouhaddi, beaten once again. This time two good meters.
The French Revolt
Fifteen minutes from the end, the French finally decided to fight for the qualification in the final. The latter have obviously not taken into account the jet lag and wake up an hour after the start. Served to the right of the surface, Élodie Thomis tackles a millimeter center for Eugénie Le Sommer. The latter catapults the ball into the back of the net. 2-1 for Japan.
At the start, France regains the ball and attacks the Japanese surface. Eugénie Le Sommer takes the ball down the left lane, passes between two players and makes a fatal outside feint. The Japanese can only mow it down, penalty. Only a minute after the score was reduced, the French had the possibility of a penalty kick. As a good captain, Élise Bussaglia is in charge of pulling it. But in front of 61,482 fans, the Sedanaise opens her foot too wide and misses the cages.
The score remains there, the Blue collapses at the gates of the final. Although they shot almost seven times more on goal than the Japanese (26 to 4). Infuriating for them, but damn satisfying for us.
Double dose of frustration with Canada
For consolation, the Habs have a chance to win the bronze medal in the minor final. This time, change of scene. Les Bleues swap Wembley for the Coventry Building Society Arena and its 12,465 spectators. The difference is that the players have a lot of time to listen to the instructions of their coaches.
The French dominate the scrambles, find the post twice in the space of a minute (61, 62) and see a stop on their line from Scott prevent them from going forward (69). The World nightmare of 2011 resurfaced then. The previous year, Les Bleues had already won the chocolate medal by losing the small final against Sweden (2-1). And the fears became reality. It wasn’t until the 90th minute, and a sublime, crappy goal from Diana Matheson, to see Canada open the scoring at the best of times.
“Oh, no, it’s not possible! Oh no, not now!” F. Lévêque
France has no time to react, and has to settle for a delicious chocolate medal.
The most beautiful of all.