Women’s Euro 2022: as the quarter-finals approach, where is the French team?

How far will the Blues go? The Women’s Football Euro, which started on July 6, continues to break records. Thursday, the 2022 edition even became the one with the greatest attendance in history, reports “l’Equipe”. Because according to UEFA, more than 240,000 people have visited the stadium since the start of the competition – a real victory for women’s football. If, for the time being, Les Bleues have emerged victorious from their group matches, which already guarantees them a place in the quarter-finals, the rest promises to be more difficult.

• Les Bleues qualified for the quarterfinals

After a glorious first match against Italy (5-1) on July 10, Les Bleues qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 after their match against Belgium on Thursday and thus finished first in Group D – but no easily.

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The players of the France team may be sparing themselves, but for “Ouest-France” their performance leaves something to be desired. Even though the Belgian team was the lowest ranked in Group D in the FIFA rankings (19e place), their resistance seems to have put the French team in difficulty.

• The star Katoto package

After 12 minutes of play against Belgium on Thursday, striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto collapsed on the lawn. At the 17e minute, she even had to leave the field.

She followed the meeting supporting herself on crutches and with a large ice pack around her knee.

This Friday, July 15, she was declared a forfeit for the rest of the competition, according to information from the “Parisian”. The reason: a ruptured anterior ligament and a cracked meniscus.

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The PSG striker is a great added value for the France team. In 31 selections, she scored 26 goals. Without its goalscorer, the France team risks losing ground.

• Next match against Iceland

Les Bleues will play their last match of the group stage against Iceland on Monday 18 July. Of the two games they played, the Iceland team drew against Italy on Thursday, after a modest victory against the Czech Republic (1-0).

The victory should therefore be easy even if it is of little importance, the place in the quarter-finals being already assured. What will the rest of the competition hold for them, when Germany and England, two teams renowned for their strength, have also qualified?

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