Les Bleues sink in Sweden in a friendly

Les Bleues sink in Sweden in a friendly

The game: 3-0

After losing again to Germany on Friday (2-1), as in the semifinals of the European Championship in July, the French team did not calm down this Tuesday in Sweden. At the Gamla Ullevi in ​​Gothenburg, the Blues completely sank under the good pressure and intensity that the Swedes put on (3-0). Two losses in a row, that had never happened since the arrival of Corinne Deacon to the tricolor bench. The level of play is worrying nine months before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand (July 20 to August 20).

While Corinne Deacon has been asked by some clubs, including OL, to keep an eye on the playing time of his players, who have been overloaded for a year, the manager has decided to keep the same starting line-up as in Germany. Les Bleues wanted to show better intentions than in Dresden, but the promises were not kept.

After a series of lost duels and great apathy, they conceded the first goal after 24 seconds, when Filippa Angeldahl, not attacked in a full axis clearance by Selma Bacha after a cross by a Jonna Andersson totally alone, deceived Pauline Peyraud- Magnin, who could only stop the ball.

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It took only 24 seconds for Sweden to open the scoring. This is the fastest goal conceded by Les Bleues in its history, ahead of that of the American Kristine Lilly on March 13, 2006 (1-4) at 27 seconds (source Footofeminin).

Heavily hampered by intense pressure from Sweden, with no movement, the French had a hard time holding on offensively, with attempts too timid (7, 10, 31, 37, 42) to deserve to be called chances. Despite the runs of Grace Geyoro, the tricolor midfielder was too imprecise technically in the first half.

Deacon decided to play the attacking card at halftime, bringing out the Parisian midfielder and Delphine Cascarino, to launch Melvine Malard and Lindsey Thomas. Les Bleues went from 4-3-3 to 4-2-4, with Kadidiatou Diani a little behind Thomas positioned up front. But beyond a face-to-face loss to Melvine Malard (49th), the offensive march was not more important. Sweden made the break from a set piece, when the Parisian Amanda Ilestedt took advantage of the misunderstanding of the tricolor defense to place a header (60th).

The sinking was confirmed with the expulsion of Aïssatou Tounkara, totally behind Blackstenius who went alone to the goal (74th). Madelen Janogy added a third goal (78), and the score could have been heavier, without several saves by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin. The French have not conceded three goals since a match against the Netherlands in March 2020 (3-3). His overall performance was worrying.

The player: Bacha backwards

While Sakina Karchaoui’s package gave her two starts on the left of defense in this rally, the young Lyonnaise failed to score points in Sweden. On the contrary. Usually so confident and inspired, she had shifts in concentration and seemed to physically dig, especially in her folds. Her full axis clearance led to the first match (1st), and she nearly repeated the mistake at the start of the second period (49th).

We even saw him miss several centers, being his specialty. Her crash clearance against Olivia Schough (33rd) was good, but Kosovare Asllani gave her big problems. In particular, she conceded a dangerous free kick (58th), before giving way to Marion Torrent (69th). The latter was no more reassuring.

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