Two months after the Women's World Cup, the French team made their comeback against Spain in a friendly match in Clermont-Ferrand. If the World Cup ended on a false note, the Blue had a heart to make a good first game for their return. Thing done, 2-0 and a nice mastery in the game, especially in the second period.
France's women's football team defeated Spain at Clermont-Ferrand on Saturday (2-0), succeeding its return after the World Cup held in France in June which was eliminated in the quarter-finals by the United States (2-1), future world champions.
And the popular craze that was created around the Blue during the World Cup has not fallen.
If the matches of the 1st day of championship of France were disputed, except for Lyon (1,800 spectators) before confidential affluences, the stadium Gabriel-Montpied has, meanwhile, displayed complete.
At the kickoff, the coach Corinne Deacon chose to maintain his line of conduct by lining nine of the eleven players who had started against the Americans at the Parc des Princes.
Overall, the Tricolores have mastered the game and have logically taken the lead in the first period, shortly after the break, with a goal signed by Lyonnaise Eugénie Le Sommer.
It has resumed a volley center of the Parisian Kadidiatou Diani, poorly negotiated by the Spanish goalkeeper Sandra Panos (28). A good response from the attacker OL, tenured on the left side of the middle and then replaced in the axis after half-time.
She had been criticized by Deacon after the World Cup for her performance against the United States.
The OL player scored her 77th goal in 165 caps. She is only four units out of Marinette Pichon's record.
In added time, Jimenez saved Spain by defeating a shot by Gaëtane Thiney (45 + 2) while in the second half, Diani failed to face the exit of Panos (60).
But while France dominated the game, the Tricolores fished, as during the World Cup, in percussion, still having difficulties to create a number of opportunities in coherence with their superiority despite the entry into play very dynamic Lyonnaise Amel Majri.
On the left wing, it often brought the danger without finding a partner in front of the Spanish goal but it is Delphine Cascarino, another player of the OL, also entered after the half-time, on the right side, who doubled the mark by lobbing Panos (76).
Les Bleues will meet Iceland in Nimes on 4 October for a new friendly match before starting the playoffs for Euro 2021 in England starting on 8 October with a trip to Kazakhstan and before Serbia's reception on 9 October. November in Bordeaux.