An Olympic season off to a good start. Hervé Renard’s Bleues launched their Olympic season well on Friday in Valenciennes by beating Portugal (2-0) in the Nations League, more than a month after their elimination in the quarter-finals of the Oceanian World Cup.
Strengthened by the return of several injured players including midfielder Oriane-Jean François, started after her withdrawal just before the World Cup, the French team managed to escape the Portuguese trap in front of the 18,300 people at the Hainaut stadium.
In addition to regaining confidence after the bitter elimination against Australia (0-0, 7-6 tab), the idea for Hervé Renard, sometimes annoyed on his bench on Friday, was to consolidate his typical team and move up in power for the Olympic Games at home next summer.
Paris-2024 is, after last summer’s World Cup, the second objective which was set for the coach, whose contract runs until 2024. Vice-captain Grace Geyoro concretized French domination by concluding with a strike small net a nice one-two-three between her, Eve Perisset and Eugenie Le Sommer, still impressively easy (27th).
Approximate and achieving little until then, Lyon side Selma Bacha finished her match perfectly with a beautiful shot from outside the area landing in the top corner (89th), her second goal for the Blues.
The League of Nations, which offers tickets for the 2024 Olympic Games, will determine the groups for the qualifying campaign for Euro-2025 which will begin next spring. If France as the host country is not concerned, the Blues must avoid finishing last in their group, synonymous with possible relegation to League B. They will continue on Tuesday in Austria.
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