The French team is close to the World Cup after its success in Wales

The French team is close to the World Cup after its success in Wales


Seven wins in seven games for the Blues and Wendie Renard! In a close match at the Scarlets Park in Llanelli, the French team won without too much suffering against Wales, in the qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup (1-2). Corinne Diacre’s players are now 8 points ahead of Wales and 7 points ahead of Slovenia, who will face Le Mans on Tuesday night. In the event of a draw against Slovenia, the Blues will qualify for the World Cup in Oceania, which will take place in Australia and New Zealand.

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33rd goal in blue for Wendie Renard

The Blues were applied this Friday night in Wales. After a first alert signed by Sandie Toletti (16th), it was Kadidiatou Diani who contributed the first Laura O’Sullivan, with a closed angle shot well repulsed by the Welsh goalkeeper (16th). If Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who has scored 13 goals in her last 9 games with the French team, was not successful in the first half, with a volley from the left just wide (25th), is Captain Wendie Renard, as is often the case, who has allowed her to unblock the situation. On a corner from Toletti, the captain of the Blues and Olympique Lyonnais took advantage of a rough marking of the Welsh defense to open the score of a beautiful recovery of the head (0-1, 31st). A 33rd saving goal for Renard, as she celebrated her 129th selection with the French team this Friday night.

Fatal mistake for the Welsh goalkeeper

While Jessica Fishlock’s teammates were not overwhelmed, a very unfortunate game will confirm the French victory. On an innocuous setback, goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan, who has been blameless so far in both games, missed her clearance in front of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who didn’t ask for much to be able to score her 24th goal with the Blues. in the empty net (57th, 0-2). Despite the beautiful goal of captain Sophie Ingle after a Welsh corner (1-2, 71st), Gemma Grainger’s players will not have the opportunity to be late, even if the Blues played with fire (72nd, 80e). It doesn’t matter, in the end: if the opposition is likely to be any different during the Euro in England this summer, there is only one point left for Corinne Diacre’s players to qualify directly for the Cup. of the Oceanian World. An opportunity that will be presented on Tuesday against Slovenia, at the MMArena in Le Mans.

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