At the end of a heartbreaking quarter-final, the French women’s team justifiably managed to beat the Netherlands in extra time (1-0, ap) to secure a historic qualification to the Euro semi-finals!
Les Bleues take on the defending champions.
After five consecutive eliminations in the quarter-finals of major international competitions, the French women’s team broke the curse by winning a deserved but long success against the Netherlands (1-0, ap) this Saturday in the Women’s Euro Rotherham.
On Wednesday, the Tricolores will play in the semi-finals of the competition against Germany for the first time!
Les Bleues dominated… and missed everything
After a strong start, Les Bleues pressed the accelerator and imposed a great highlight on the Dutch who suffered greatly. Not far from folding, the Oranje can count on an imperial Van Domselaar in goal. The goalkeeper alternately checked Diani, who started from distance, and Cascarino with his fist while preventing his defender Janssen from making a mistake, with a good reflex save. Toletti, who missed the target and a perfect goal, then Cascarino, who was checked in the post, had no more success and the Corinne Deacon band was unable to concretize their great dominance. Before the break, defender Van der Gragt even made a miraculous save on his line with a shot from Malard, before returning to close range a few minutes later against Geyoro!
Van Domselaar loves French
The scene changes, however, upon returning from the locker room after the entrance of Roord: so far harmless, the Dutch are finally playing at a level more in line with their status as defending champions , which led to more balanced discussions. Mark Parsons’ daughters benefited in particular from two major set piece marking errors but failed to capitalize on them. On the French side, the introduction of the spinning Bacha created a bit of a stir and it was again the French who had the best chances. But Van Domselaar teed up Renard twice from a corner, while Geyoro missed the inevitable with a header.
Prisset sends Les Bleues to the semi-finals!
So it had to wait until extra time to see the Bleues finally rewarded when Janssen brought down Diani in the area and led to an undisputed penalty awarded after recourse to VAR. Prisset changed him and freed himself by breaking through the fortress of Van Domselaar, although he started on the right side (1-0, 102nd)! From then on, the Habs stretched out and didn’t falter, even though Sarr missed a 2-0 lead. See you on Wednesday to maybe write a new page in history.
Game score: 7/10
Although one-sided, the first period became pleasant with many French opportunities. The sequel is more balanced and a little stronger, but the depressing scenario and the release after Prisset’s goal will remain etched in the memory of French supporters.
Launching in Mato’s place, Diani was later tackled by Janssen, who did not touch the ball. After applying VAR, the referee whistled an obvious penalty that Prisset converted mid-length to the left from a Van Domselaar who started on the right side but who could only graze the ball ( 1-0, 102nd).
The Blues notes
Maxifoot assigns a note (out of 10) comments to each player.
Woman of the match: Daphne van Domselaar 7/10
Even if he couldn’t prevent his country from being eliminated, it would be hard to find a player who made himself known more tonight than the Dutch goalkeeper! The author of 10 saves, the player from Twente especially hurt Renard twice from a corner, including a stop that was expensive in extra time. Even in punishment, it started on the right side and bent to the left. The Oranje almost became the executioner of the Blue …
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (5.5) : almost unconcerned for an hour, the tricolor goalkeeper remained vigilant to take the slightly supported head of Van der Gragt. Be cautious in his exits.
Eve Prisset (6.5) : the right side of the French team will not remain the same as the one who did not tremble at the registration of the penalty that sent his country for the first time to the semi-finals of the Euro! The Chelsea player is also solid and showed well in the game. Substituted in the 106th minute by Marion Torrent (no grade).
Griedge Mbock (5.5) : back to eleven, the central defender makes a satisfactory copy with precise and well-assured interventions. A satisfying match even if his placement sometimes left something to be desired.
Wendy Fox (6) : defensively, the captain of Les Bleues used his experience in this type of meeting and proved to be unstoppable. In offensive set pieces, on the other hand, the Lyonnaise were a bit late in settling on the target, before colliding twice in the second period with an imperial Van Domselaar.
Sakina Karchaoui (6.5) : the left side again showed an impressive amount of play. Omnipresent offensive with many rushes and combinations, the Parisian also provides a lot of defensive withdrawal to avoid danger at the end of the game.
Sandie Toletti (5) : a decent game for the midfielder who puts in a lot of effort to press. The Habs, however, committed some key turnovers. Replace the 106th minute with Ella Palis (no grade).
Charlotte Bilbault (5.5) : in the shadows, the midfielder made a demanding play to allow the Blues to impose their hold on the midfield. Less inspired sometimes in his transmissions.
Grace Geyoro (6) : as always sharp in his forward projection, the midfielder shows the example, but the Habs lack efficiency, first against Van der Gragt before the break then in his head at the end of the second act . Replace the 87th minute with Clara Mateo (no grade)author of an inspiring entry and which further launched Diani into penal action.
Kadidiatou Diani (6.5) : Very leggy, the PSG winger systematically outclassed the Dutch defense in the first period, except Van Domselaar prevented him from finding fault. More cheerful and bubbly after being substituted on the hour mark, he still found enough juice to land the winning penalty. Replace the 106th minute with Ouleymata Sarr (no grade)to miss the goal 2-0.
Melvin Mallard (4.5) : new tenure in the absence of Katoto, the attacker is a valuable time in his game of delivery and deflection. But the Lyonnaise still lacked presence in the zone in truth and Van der Gragt beat him in his biggest chance at close range before the break. Replace the 62nd minute with Selma Bacha (7), author of an excellent start. Real venom and full of courage, the Lyonnaise never stopped challenging and testing, giving the impression of being everywhere on the pitch. He couldn’t find fault but his entry energized the Blues.
Delphine Cascarino (6.5) : once again, the OL winger has a full game and represents a real threat with each of his ball shots, which often result in threatening crosses. The Habs could only miss the success of the last move, as Van Domselaar’s fist was stopped after he found the post. Logically the game doesn’t sit well.
France 1-0 (aet) Netherlands (half-time: 0-0) – Women’s Euro – Quarter-final
Stadium: New York Stadium – Referee: Ivana Martincic
Objective: Prisset (102nd sp) for France.
Warnings: Van Der Gragt (72nd), Janssen (101st) and Miedema (103rd) for the Netherlands.
FRANCE : Peyraud-Magnin – Perisset (Torrent, 106th), Mbock, Renard (c), Karchaoui – Toletti (Palis, 106th), Bilbault, Geyoro (Mateo, 87th) – Diani (Sarr, 106th) , Malard (Bacha, 62nd), Cascarino.
NETHERLANDS : Van Domselaar – Wilms (Egurrola, 115th), Van der Gragt, Janssen, Casparu (Nouwen, 106th) – Groenen, Van de Donk (Brugts, 72nd), Spitse (Leutcher, 106th) – Beerensteyn (Roord, 46th), Miedema ( c), Pelova.
Despite countless chances, Cascarino and the Blues have a high goal in the Oranje.
The fault is a wall named Van Domselaar.
In extra time, Prisset converted the sever penalty (1-0, 102nd)
Les Bleues are in the semi-finals!
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