Sports | Euro: blue quarters turn worried about Katutu

ROTHERHAM (UK) – No whoops, no fireworks: France struggled to dominate Belgium (2-1) on Thursday, but they secured their ticket to the Euro quarter-finals with their lead, a success marred by worrisome injury. Attacking star Marie Antoinette Catuto.

The early and frightening exit of the +serial scorer is a serious obstacle to Team France’s plan, yet it was well executed from an arithmetic point of view. The next medical bulletins will be eagerly awaited regarding ‘MAK’, once again on crutches after the break…

“Right now, it’s a knee injury,” Les Bleues coach Corinne Deacon declared at the post-match conference. A little earlier, she had indicated in front of the Canal+ camera that the staff would try to “get the exam for tomorrow (Thursday) very soon”.

Meanwhile, his training made life easier in this first round, as he already secured qualification and first place in the group before he faces Iceland next Monday, still in Rotherham.

Les Bleues aren’t leaving New York’s small stadium any time soon (less than 8,200 spectators on Thursday) as they will pass their first test there, on July 23 in the quarter, against the second country in Group C, most likely Sweden, the vice Olympic champion or the Netherlands. European champion.

The level of adversity is sure to go up several notches, after the initial electrified ride against Italy (5-1) and much less success against Belgium, a well-deserved team despite their weaker pedigree.

Deacon commented on Canal+ “We lost our pace a little bit at one point and couldn’t make our highlights for the break and all of a sudden the Belgian equalise. We’re not used to being abused we’ll say.”

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Among the good news, the French team can count on the strength of its sides to blast the bundled blocks, with a couple already doing very well: Sakina Kerchaoui and Delphine Cacharino on the left, and Yves Perisset and Kadediatou Diani on the right.

– missed opportunities –

Massey Diani shone again on Thursday with horseback riding, dribbling and a valuable presence in the area, as in the early scoring opener where his jab header hit the mark on a cross from Karshawy (6, 1-0).

“It’s true he’s been waiting impatiently so I’m happy today,” replied TF1 the player who has never scored in a major international competition in the blue jersey.

The brilliance of the hot start quickly faded, as Kattuto’s momentum was broken into a harmless offensive phase. The Paris Saint-Germain forward stopped running, and emerged a grin in pain before leaving the field in excruciating pain and limping.

The striker, who injured his knee the day before in training, watched the remainder of the match from the stands on crutches.

This fate did not change the face of the match, in favor of the Blues, but they were still surprised by the first shot from Red Flames, signed by Janis Kayman (36, 1-1).

The Belgian from OL played a nasty trick on her club partners, leaving Griedge Mbock behind and outsmarting Wendie Renard in the penalty area.

The tie highlighted the friability of the tricolor rear fender, in sequence, porous already seen in the second half against Italy.

Mbok was left on the bench four days ago, to everyone’s surprise, but Mbok did not play long, because the dismissal came from his head (41, 2-1) after a strong cross from Clara Mathieu, the other player who earned it. Stripes begin on Thursday.

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All smiles, the OL defender came to celebrate her eighth international goal with Aïssatou Tounkara, her great friend and rival, who stole her place against Italy.

Ouleymata Sarr (68) and especially Wendie Renard (90) had the opportunity to deliver a more satisfactory result to Blue, but Katuto’s replacement missed her recovery and then the captain missed her penalty completely.

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