The dream of the French women’s football team ended before 11 pm on Wednesday July 27 in Milton Keynes (England). This summer the dream, to win the first international title in its history, was extinguished by Germany (2-1), in the semi-finals of Euro 2022. In the final, the Nationallf will challenge England at their home in Wembley (London), Sunday at 6 pm.
Unbeaten since the start of the Euros before this meeting, the Blues had high hopes. True, Germany, from the top of eight European titles, knows better the peaks of the last four, unlike the French team, a newcomer to this level of the European championship .
But from this tournament, the French women will remember the name of Alexandra Popp. The German striker frustrated the hopes of the French team by placing an angry header on a cross from Svenja Huth (2-1, 76).e), the sixth goal of this Euro for Popp to join England’s Beth Mead at the top of the scoring charts.
In the first period, he opened the scoring for the Germans. His stretched leg recovery from the center of Svenja Huth, again, justly rewarded the dominance of his team (1-0, 39e).
More assertive, more physically present, the players of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg set their foot in this semi-final. France was overwhelmed and responded only with repeated mistakes. In addition, in one of the many dangerous free kicks in the first period, Alexandra Popp could have found the target without a save from Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (22).e).
So it makes sense that France are behind, they are even thinking of going back to the locker room with this goal behind them. It counts without the inspiration of Kadidiatou Diani, at the origin of the equalizer. Before the break, the PSG striker forced Merle Frohms to score against his side, his shot ricocheting behind the goalkeeper after hitting the left post (1-1, 44).e).
A sudden reaction against the flow of the game
The reaction without delay of the French, despite dominating the game, suggests that there is an opening to rush the final at Wembley. In the second half, Blue confirmed through more threats. Entering half-time, Selma Bacha all good shots, hit (63e79e) or in a pass like this corner fell on the head of Wendie Renard (63e). At the end of the match, his centers unfortunately did not find his teammates.
Like the quarter-finals against the Netherlands (1-0 aet), it lacked efficiency for Corinne Deacon’s players to see more than the last four. Although they shook the German nets for the first time at the Euros, it was not enough to avoid Alexandra Popp’s stab in the last quarter of an hour. “We have all the elements, we have the mind, we lack a little efficiency, but this French team is united in sometimes good times, sometimes bad”blamed Selma Bacha on the TF1 microphone.
“Of course, we would have liked another result. Today we met a tough opponentcontinued, passionately, coach Corinne Deacon. We gave everything, we have no regrets, the girls were good tonight, gave everything they gave. We see what we lack compared to these many options. One day it will come for us. »
The French team will not bring back a first title in its suitcase but nevertheless it has taken a step forward. For the first time since the London Olympics in 2012, he broke the glass ceiling in the quarter-finals. Now all eyes are on the 2023 World Cup (July 20-August 20) hosted by Australia and New Zealand.