“From the start, Australia was just an extra for us.
The objective was South Africa, and we succeeded!
“After the Australian rout (0-8) for their entry into the running in the World Cup in India, Victor Charlet and the Blues have not lost sight of their priorities.
Thanks to two goals from their captain from a small corner, one in the first and the other in the last quarter, the French hockey players, who occupy the 12th level on the planet, beat South Africa, located two places behind (2-1).
A narrow but precious success for the players of Frédéric Be, who dominated the match in the Bhubaneshwar stadium.
Because the French had no room for error against the presumed weakest team in their group, made up of Australia (n°1 in the standings) and Argentina (n°7), for hope to continue the competition and dream of doing as well as their quarter-final four years ago.
On a PC, the Frenchman gives the advantage to the Blues two minutes from the end!
The end of the match live 👉 https://t.co/jAiCFw9oLq @FF_Hockey pic.twitter.com/qCHt5URWBx
– THE TEAM (@lequipe) January 16, 2023
“Over the whole match, the victory is deserved, relishes midfielder François Goyet.
It's always a very special feeling, you have to take advantage of it.
"Friday (10:30 am in Paris), France will play its last meeting of Pool A against Argentina, which it had dominated in the round of 16 of the last 2018 World Cup. "But since then the teams have changed a lot," smiles Goyet .
All scenarios remain possible.
If the French remain third, they will have to face Belgium, the reigning Olympic champion, or Germany, one of the world's heavyweights, in the round of 16.
Conversely, a second place would give them a more affordable round against Japan or South Korea to reach the quarter-finals…
THE BLUES WIN 💥
With a double from Victor Charlet on Petit Corner, the Blues won 2 goals to 1 against South Africa.
A more than essential result!
🇫🇷 2-1 🇿🇦
1-0 🇫🇷 7' Victor Charlet
1-1 15' Connor Beauchamp
2-1 🇫🇷 56' Victor Charlet pic.twitter.com/hyulKkZeuD
– FFH - French Hockey Federation (@FF_Hockey) January 16, 2023
As a reminder, the World Cup is one of the last major events for France (with the European championships next summer) on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympics for which it is automatically qualified.