where to watch France-Belgium and everything you need to know about the 2nd match of Les Bleues

Four days after the clear success against Italy (5-1), the Blues want to confirm and validate their ticket for the quarterfinals at the expense of the Belgians.

Where to watch the second game of Les Bleues?

As in all the matches of the French national team during this European Championship, viewers will be able to choose between TF1 and Canal +, which will each broadcast the match at their side. On TF1, the tandem of comments will be the same as for the matches of the blues, specifically Grégoire Margotton and Bixente Lizarazu, while Canal + will line up a duet Grégoire Marchal-Aline Riera. The launch will take place at 21.00 and you can also follow this duel live with comments on Le Figaro Sport.

What is at stake for the blues?

The clear victory against Italy last Sunday (5-1) greatly simplified the treatment of Corinne Deacon’s players. In case of success against Belgium this Thursday at the New York stadium in Roterham, the ticket for the quarterfinals of the competition will already be in your pocket. And maybe even first place if, at 6pm, Iceland doesn’t beat Italy. A scenario that would allow the French to play a match without real participation against Iceland on July 18, thus rotating the squad and preserving the organizations for the quarterfinals that would then await them on July 23, against Sweden or Holland, always in Roterham where they will be oriented, another advantage. Finally, being first, the blues would be sure not to be on the table part of the English, impressive against Norway (8-0) and led by a whole people. Although a possible semifinal against Germany will not be easy for all this …

What initial XI?

A priori, the trend would be to see Corinne Deacon renew her confidence in the same starting eleven that toppled Italy. Leaving as a precaution, Delphine Cascarino manages to keep her place on the left flank of the French attack, where she says she feels more and more comfortable, she playing on the right in a club, in Lyon. In the middle of the field, the Bilbault-Geyoro-Toletti trio has no reason to change. The question of the central axis in defense remains. Unexpectedly preferred to Griedge Mbock to support Wendie Renard, Aïssatou Tounkara seems to be on his way to confirming himself in this role, even if an investment is still possible …

Probable initial XI:
Peyraud-Magnin, Perisset, Renard, Tounkara (o Mbock), Torrent, Bilbault, Geyoro, Toletti, Cascarino, Katoto, Diani

Can victory against Italy be a trap?

It may seem incongruous to ask the question, and yet one should always be wary of such a resounding first success. If it opens up magnificent prospects and is ideal for trust, that doesn’t necessarily mean it becomes complacency. As such, the second half against the Italians, eventually losing 1-0, could almost be good news to disperse any risk. “of firewithin the French ranks. “In the second part, we must be able to continue at the same pace, to control the subject a little more“, released Captain Wendie Renard. Before adding:We will have to repeat the same efforts in the second and third group matches, and then we will be able to attack another competition.“The same call for caution by Eve Perisset:”Even if it feels good to win, you need to keep your feet on the ground“Finally, just to make the point at home, coach Corinne Deacon concluded on the same topic:”We have only taken the first step of the six we have proposed. We must continue on this path and remain humble, focused and measured in spite of everything.“.

What is Belgium worth?

Against France, Belgium hopes to make its steady progress that is finally worth taking. “more seriously“. Back in 2010, 35th nation in the world, here is the Belgian team that is now sixteen places higher (19th) and driven by increasingly assertive ambitions. And assumed, like its captain Tessa Wullaert (29 years, 110 matches), which has multiplied the experiences of high-level clubs, in Wolfsburg and then in Manchester City. “Although we have to be realistic given the composition of our group, we all dream of reaching the quarterfinalsWullaert explains that he will honor his number 11 team against the Blues. After their inaugural draw against Iceland (1-1), the Belgians aim to show that in this small country where football is unquestionably the king of sports with recent successes of the “red devils»For men, the round ball is more and more feminine. “Other countries measure our progress. They take us more seriously“, Rejoices Tine De Caigny (Hoffenheim), the best director of the qualifying phase (12 goals in 7 games). “Inevitably, people know us better and expectations are higher. In the FIFA rankings, our opponents are above us and therefore we continue to be a stranger but we believe in them. The group has been rejuvenated. Collectively, we are stronger.»

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After narrowly losing the qualification for the 2019 World Cup against Switzerland, theRed flameshe returned to work, driven by a generation of players who no longer hesitate to go into exile to progress. And they finished first in their qualifying group on the way to the European Championship, ahead of Switzerland. In Belgium, the increase in the number of practitioners in the last ten years is substantial: they are now 42,000, compared to 22,000 in 2013. Although sometimes there were only 200 or 300 spectators in the national team matches a few years ago , today there are sometimes between 5,000 and 10,000 during the big matches. The Belgian football federation has made significant economic and structural efforts, with a long-term plan. Goals? Doubling the number of new practitioners again in 2024 by offering them a more playful and safer environment, and trying to push the Belgian women’s team to the Top 8 in the world.

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