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The Blues are a hit with Kazakhstan in calm, after the storm


The French women's team easily disposed of Kazakhstan (12-0) Tuesday night at the end of qualifying for the Euro. Closing an international sequence where the off-field will have polluted the good results of the selection.

Les Bleues and Corinne Deacon have offered themselves a health walk despite a reorganized team, Tuesday against Kazakhstan (12-0), at the end of a qualifying phase for Euro-2022 as successful on the ground as it is stormy in outside.

At the Rabine stadium, the usual home of RC Vannes rugby players, the Bleues delivered a score closer to the oval than the round ball, without however succeeding in reaching the 14 goals of the selection record in an official match.

Despite this, eyes were less on the scoreboard, already raised to 6-0 after seventeen minutes, than on the stands where almost all of the Lyonnaises had taken place, starting with Wendie Renard and Amandine Henry seated side by side.

"READ ALSO -" Are you threatening me? "

The muscular exchange between Deacon and Henry at Clairefontaine

The captain of the France team appeared with a closed face, moved during a Marseillaise that she is more used to listening to from the lawn, armband on her arm.

But her coach, with whom she has been in open conflict for several weeks, had preferred Charlotte Bilbault, who came to a press conference the day before.

Corinne Deacon had certainly announced a "rotation" allowing the players to breathe the calendar loaded by the Champions League at the end of the year.

But she only half applied her logic.

If the Lyonnaises were indeed substitutes, with the exception of Amel Majri, this was not the case for the Parisiennes.

Left to rest on Friday during the qualification against Austria (3-0), Kadidiatou Diani was logically aligned.

What was less was the presence of Grace Geyoro and Marie-Antoinette Katoto, holders four days ago at Guingamp.

After his double at Guingamp, Katoto did it again at Vannes (12th, 16th) with a remarkable celebration for the first goal.

The "heart" of Katoto

The young Parisian striker drew a heart with her fingers in the direction of Amandine Henry who replied with a raised hand, the smile found.

This gesture, as spontaneous as it was unexpected, will remain the most striking of a one-sided encounter against the 77th world nation, unable to register a single point in this qualifying phase.

From an individual point of view, however, it allowed Bordeaux defenders Eve Perisset (33rd) and Estelle Cascarino (50th) to score their first goal for the French team, as did Parisian defender Perle Moronni (67th) and Atlético Madrid striker Emelyne Laurent (58th), entered at the break.

This is also the case for PSG striker Sandy Baltimore (72nd) on the evening of his first selection and Paris FC scorer Clara Matéo (83rd) who for his part celebrated his second cape three days after his 23rd birthday.


Deacon responds to the conflict with his captain Henry:" My intention was never to threaten anyone "

The French team can close on this river score a well-conducted qualifying phase, ended with 44 goals scored and none conceded.

The sporting record will not, however, eclipse the peaks of tension which marked this gathering between Deacon and his captain mainly, but not only.

Qualification in hand, with the first place in the group as a bonus, the coach will have to tackle the more difficult site of pacifying her locker room.

She has a two-and-a-half-month truce, before the next internship in February, to think about the contours of her future team.

With or without Henry?

That is the question.

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    The muscular exchange between Deacon and Henry at Clairefontaine

Source: lefigaro

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