Beaten twice in the Olympic tournament, the Blues had to win this Friday in Tokyo against Russia to preserve their chances of qualification.
A message well recorded by the men of Laurent Tillie perfectly launched in the chopping part with the winning of the first set.
This flawless commitment was confirmed in the second set when Earvin Ngapeth tried to save a ball that would go out of the field in favor of the Russians.
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Launched in a desperate race, the Habs accustomed to spectacular shots, his trademark, tried to take the ball back with his foot, without success.
While sliding on the ground, the receiver-attacker went to embed himself in the protective panels at the edge of the pitch.
With his right foot forward, he smashed the facilities, remaining a prisoner for a few moments.
The French staff rushed to help Ngapeth
The international, who could have been injured in this action, quickly received the support of his worried teammates but also of all the staff who came to his aid.
The management of the Blues meticulously cleared the ankle of the player, who, after taking some reassuring support on his foot once standing, was able to resume his place on the field.
More fear than harm.