against Kazakhstan, the Blue in calm waters before the high seas

On the road to Euro-2022, the French team stopped at Vannes on Friday against weak Kazakhstan, a safe warm-up for the Blue before the reception on Tuesday of the Welsh, the most serious rivals in the World Cup qualifying. 2023

The last rally of the calendar year opens against the 82nd nation in the world, folded 5-0 at home at the end of October by the troops of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, unstoppable scorer for the Tricolores this season (eight goals in four matches). From the Rabine stadium, the Central Asian team keeps the painful memory of the 12-0 conceded a year ago now.

It was December 1, 2020, precisely, one evening when Captain Amandine Henry, dispossessed of her armband, had listened to the Marseillaise from the empty stands of the Breton enclosure with the replacements, at a time when the crisis with Corinne Deacon was at its peak.

Since then, the coach has moved the experienced midfielder away from Olympique Lyonnais a little further, such as striker Eugénie Le Sommer, top scorer in the history of the Bleues, not spared by the wave of renewal despite good performances recently with OL Reign , American franchise where it was loaned.

The atmosphere around the French women’s team is now much lighter, but this does not offer any sporting guarantee to the 5th nation in the Fifa rankings, opposed to much lower formations in recent months. With the exception of the friendlies against England (3-1) and the United States (2-0 defeat) in April, and even Germany (1-0) in June, the Blue have rarely been worried.

Mbock back

The reception of Kazakhstan, red lantern with zero points, two goals scored against fifteen conceded, will serve above all as a trial run for the French, leading Group I after four successes in four matches, before welcoming their runners-up from Wales , Tuesday in Guingamp.

Individually, however, this meeting at the Rabine stadium, not far from being sold out (6,300 tickets sold on Tuesday, out of 6,900 seats), may count in the eyes of some players, starting with Griedge Mbock.

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Corinne Deacon unveiled this Thursday her list for the last two games of the year for the French women’s team. The Bordelaises Chavas, Périsset and Bilbault are part of it

The central defender of Lyon (26 years old) should play her first minutes in the tricolor jersey, twenty months after her 60th selection against the Netherlands (3-3), in March 2020. Meanwhile, the native of Brest has undergone confinement , a ruptured left Achilles tendon and two operations.

Another Lyonnaise arrives on tiptoe, but with a big desire: Selma Bacha, 21, called for the first time to replace the Parisian left side Sakina Karchaoui, package due to injury.

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