Unbeaten in their group G, the Blue are guaranteed to finish first in the qualifying campaign for the next European Championship, scheduled for July 2022 in England, regardless of the result they bring back from Vannes at the end of Tuesday against Kazakhstan.
The group led by Corinne Deacon offered a breath of fresh air after weeks agitated by the media output of captain Amandine Henry, headwind against the management deemed unfair or even brutal of the coach in office since 2017.
The 31-year-old Lyonnaise, captain’s armband on her arm, took part in the party on Friday under the eyes of Noël Le Graët, president of a Federation which will see three of its selections play the next Euro, the women joining the Blues and the Hopes gentlemen qualified for the 2021 editions.
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In his stronghold of Guingamp, where he was mayor and president of En Avant, the 78-year-old leader saw his Bleues, with a “incredible clumsiness“at the end of October in the first leg (0-0), to regain their offensive efficiency, in addition to maintaining their defensive base.
The Austrians, 22nd in the world rankings, were assailed from the outset by uninterrupted blue waves although not very dangerous, before sinking on a new initiative from Amel Majri.
On a corner that she herself obtained, the Lyon winger dropped a ball into the box that Renard, with exemplary relaxation and determination, catapulted with a head into the cage of Manuela Zinsberger (11th), guilty of an overly timid exit.
– Henry savior then exit –
After the 25th goal in the blue jersey of the central defender of OL, the French continued to rush towards the opposing surface, as inspired by the banner “All together, always forward!“unrolled at the top of the central stand of the Breton stadium.
The Austrian nets, which had not trembled once during this qualifying phase, vibrated again about fifteen minutes later after heavy pressure from Katoto on the defense.
The activity of the Parisienne, scorer last Friday before coming out injured against OL (1-0), allowed the French to recover the leather. Delphine Cascarino then sent him a cross, headed back (27th) with the help of the crossbar.
The top scorer of the previous two seasons in the Championship has offered a double on a corner from Majri taken in vixen from the surfaces (73rd).
With this score flawlessly, the Blue completed their seventh and penultimate qualifying match with a total of 31 goals, against none conceded.
The tightness of their rear base is to be credited, on this match in any case, to Captain Henry who saved the homeland on a defensive header which blocked the heavy strike from Jasmin Eder (32nd).
In this one-sided meeting, it is almost the only real opportunity for the Austrians, not far from sinking even more on the posts of Katoto (50th) and Cascarino (69th).
However, this sporting happiness will not suffice to settle on its own the conflict between Deacon and her captain, whom she left on the hour mark. The two women exchanged a slap of the hand without warmth or smile, their faces closed. , which contrasted with the replacement of Katoto late in the game.
They will probably not go on vacation together, but they both at least snatched a ticket for the British Euro. The essential is acquired, for the moment.
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