After Venezuela’s victory at the expense of Colombia in the shootout (0-0, 5 tab to 4), the French under-20 team faced Mexico for the second ticket to the final of the tournament Maurice-Revello. Under the bright sun of Toulon, Bernard Diomède’s players had the opportunity to hoist the tricolor flag in the final of the competition for the first time since 2016, an edition during which the Blueberries bowed out against England by Jack Grealish .
For this second poster of the last square, the 1998 world champion lined up Sekou Mara alongside Hugo Ekitike in attack, while Raúl Chabrand trusted Efrain Alvarez and Jonathan Herrera in his offensive sector. The latter was not far from showering the men in white on a loss of defense ball, but his lob attempt goes over the crossbar of Hugo Barbet (2nd). After this fright, the French lost Ekitike to injury after an acceleration on the left lane, replaced by his teammate Remois Mbuku (5th).
Despite this difficult start to the match, the U20 tricolors were lethal in the last third, thanks in part to Bordeaux Girondins striker Sekou Mara, who scored a double in less than 20 minutes, resuming the deflected shot from Aouchiche. (1-0, 13th) before showing off a pivotal gesture to fool Hector Holgun (3-0, 31st). Lucien Agoume even took advantage of this to double the goal with a beautiful shot at the entrance of the repair area (2-0, 19th). Stéphanois Adil Aouchiche could have even knocked out the Tricolor without the intervention of the last rampart (40th).
However, Bernard Diomède’s players relaxed and focused more on defending the lead than increasing it. 3 – 4, 48 minutes into the game. This second act seemed more chopped up in the game, causing a few mood swings on both sides, including Aouchiche, who missed an opportunity to give his side a three-goal lead (68th). The Mexican striker could even relaunch El Tri before the final quarter of an hour (72nd). It was finally Aouchiche who sealed the fate of the encounter with a beautiful shot in the opponent’s skylight (4-1, 81st). A great victory for France, who will play in the final of the Maurice-Revello Tournament against Venezuela this Sunday at 6 p.m.