A knee injury for Katoto?
Released from the 17th minute after an injury against Belgium (2-1), Marie-Antoinette Katoto appears to be suffering from a sprained knee according to the Blue’s staff’s initial diagnosis. The PSG striker received a blow to the same knee during training on Wednesday.
More information here.
Diani enjoys her goal
When asked by TF1, Kadidiatou Diani enjoyed her goal. The 19th in the French team, but the first in a major league: “It’s very proud. I’m really happy to finally score my first goal in a big league. I’m happy.”
When asked about Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s injury, Diani didn’t seem very alarming: “I don’t know what exactly she has. I don’t think it’s too serious.”
Deacon: “We’ll try to have an exam tomorrow” for Katoto
“The only downside is Marie’s injury. I hope it’s not too serious,” Corinne Deacon responds at the Canal+ microphone.
“It’s the knee, she confirms. We have to wait for the exams, we’ll try to have an exam pretty soon for tomorrow.”
According to our information, Marie-Antoinette Katoto appears to be suffering from a sprained knee according to the Blue Staff’s initial diagnosis. The PSG striker received a blow to the same knee during training on Wednesday.
More information here.
Karchaoui: ‘The goal was to qualify’
At the microphone of TF1, Sakina Karchaoui, decisive passer on Kadidiatou Diani’s goal, enjoyed the Blue’s victory: “Today’s goal was to be qualified, to be safe. We have a third game to play (Monday , against Iceland) where we will have to correct what we did wrong today.”
Deacon: “We will be able to profile ourselves a bit further”
“It was important, we knew the result of the match Italy-Iceland (1-1). By winning tonight, we already qualify for first place. We will be able to project ourselves a little further”, Deacon beams at the microphone from TF1 .
“The problem is that if we can’t make it, we start to doubt. We have less rhythm,” the French coach continues. There is also a great Belgian team that defended well and played with all their weapons.”
On a turnover against Iceland: “We don’t know, we will already enjoy qualifying. Tomorrow or two days we will have time to think about the last game”.
End of the match: France 2-1 Belgium
Les Bleues validate their ticket for the quarter-finals after this success against the Belgians 2 goals to 1!
A short win that was notably marked by Katoto’s unfortunate injury just after the first quarter and Renard’s miss from the penalty spot. Next appointment: Iceland next Monday.
Yellow for Delacauw
Yellow for the Belgian player after this anti-game gesture.
5 more minutes!
There are still 5 minutes before the end of this match.
PARADE ON THIS PENALTY!
Renard misses his penalty! The Belgian goalkeeper intervenes for the second time in the tournament. The ball returns to the feet of the Les Bleues captain who then misses the goal. What a miss!
PENALTY FOR FRANCE!
Oh how hard! Tysiak just comes into play and gets a second yellow card after this hand! RED CARD !
Belgium ends at ten o’clock as the referee points to the penalty spot!
Video arbitration underway for a potential penalty for the Blue! During Geyoro’s attack, the Belgian defense got rid of the ball with their hands.
Fox wards off danger!
Attention ! Minor communication problem in the French penalty area! After a bad catch of the ball from the keeper of the Blues on a cross but without danger from the Belgians, Renard somehow managed to clear the ball.
Yellow for Tysiak
The first cracker of the match is for Tysiak after this foul on Sarr.
Fifteen minutes before the end of the game
Les Bleues are less impactful in this second act and quietly keep their lead fifteen minutes before the end of the game.
Chance for the Blues!
What an opportunity for the Blues!
After great work by Cascarino, Diani is alone in the penalty area but loses her duel with the Belgian goalkeeper. Superb parade of Evrard who comes to save the Belgians from a break.
Corner for nothing
This angle does nothing. Payraud-Magnin remains attentive and clears the ball.
Corner for Belgium
The Belgians get a corner after this great work by Cayman on the left flank.
Violation of Wullaert
A handful of minutes of heavy pressure from the Belgians and this mistake by Wullaert on Mbock in the French part of the field is proof of that.
Punishment for the Blues?
Cascarino falls into the penalty area after contact with one of the Belgian players. The referee does not hesitate.
Nice outing from Evrard!
Good reading of the game of the Belgian keeper who lies down at the right time to prevent Sarr from winning this duel!
Fox again (and again)!
Renard stands out again and manages to avert the ball from his head. Nothing very dangerous.
Deacon reassuring about Katoto: ‘It doesn’t look mean, but it hurts’
Asked at the break by TF1 about the health of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who was injured in the first period, Corinne Deacon provided the first elements on the PSG striker: “I didn’t have time to make the point with the doctor . It doesn’t sound mean, but she’s in pain”.
Corner for the Blues
The Belgian defense pushes the center of Eve Perisset back. Corner follows.
Cascarino punches to the left before going in and trying his luck. His shot goes wide and Belgium can get away.
Here we go again !
It’s the start of the second half! Note that Katoto returned to the stands on crutches!
Half time: France 2-1 Belgium
Les Bleues return to the dressing room with an interesting first half and are provisionally qualified for the next round of this European Championship 2022.
However, it will be necessary to take shelter for good on the return from the dressing room and that, without Katoto, to fall out injured after fifteen minutes of play.
Diani misses the target!
Diani is on the fallout of a fine center, but can’t find the frame. Still 1-0.
5 more minutes
Five minutes of extra time are added in this first half. The result of Katoto’s injury and the use of the VAR on the first two goals of the match.
AIM FOR THE BLUES!
The response was immediate! Griedge Mbock fends off a tight cross from Clara Matéo and lets the Blues come back to the front!
France 2, Belgium 1!
11 shots to 1…
More realistic, sharper and perhaps more involved in the game, the Belgians are back in the game despite massive French domination. Deacon’s players have shot on goal 11 times, only once for the Red Flames.
TARGET FOR BELGIUM!
The Belgians score on their first move! After a nice deep pass from Tessa Wullaert, Cayman equalized! 1-1!
Large defensive block of the Belgians
Les Bleues has struggled to be dangerous since the opener. The reason: the Belgian defensive block well in place.
After a nice percussion from Delphine Cascarino, Clara Matéo tries her luck from outside the area, but her attempt doesn’t find the target.
Once again, the Blues captain takes over the Belgian defense at this corner, but does not find the frame. Unfortunately.
70% possession for Les Bleues
Eight shots to nothing, including two on target, a post, 70% possession, five corners… so many numbers demonstrating the excessive dominance of the French on Thursday night.
Corner for nothing
The corner does nothing and Belgium will be able to escape.
Corner for the Blues
The Belgian defense pays close attention to this free kick and prevents Renard from ending up on the fallout of this bummer. Corner follows.
Belgium in big trouble
The Belgians struggle to be dangerous. Worse, they struggle to find themselves in the French part of the field. Squeezing Deacon’s players is too important.
Injured, Katoto makes way for Ouleymata Sarr. Bad news.
The post saves Belgium!
Kadidiatou Diani is about to find the net for the second time!
Fortunately for the Belgians, Nicky Evrard turns the ball towards the post. Still 1-0.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker will give up her spot with a nice grimace. Bad news for the Blues.
Katoto stays on the ground
Marie-Antoinette Katoto appears affected in the right knee and sat down on the lawn. Change should be coming soon.
First Belgian movement
Nothing very dangerous, but this center of Janice Cayman that nobody found has the merit of being informed in view of the impressive domination of the French.
The target is logically validated. 1-0 for France!
The Belgians, who were completely cornered in their last thirty meters, suffered completely from French domination since the start of the race. Still no possibility to write to their name.
The goal is judged by the video assist for a possible offside position of Diani in the center of Delphine Cascarino.
1-0 to the Blues!
Already a first goal in this match and it is well deserved! Kadidiatou Diani opens the scoring!
Super cross from Sakina Karchaoui but Marie-Antoinette Katoto is too short to deflect the ball exactly. Goal kick for the Belgians.
Wendie Renard has a good header, but her effort misses the mark. First chance for France!
Good entry from the Blues
Three minutes of play and three minutes that the Blue changed short passes. Corner follows after this nice possession phase.
Roberto Martinez is at the rendezvous
Against Iceland, the Red Devils coach made the trip to see the Red Flames.
Let’s go !
Kick off this France-Belgium, second game of our Blue in this European Championship 2022!
Entrance of the players
The two teams take to the lawn of the New York Stadium in Rotherham where 6 to 7,000 supporters have made the journey. The hymns will follow.
After the draw between Italy and Iceland (1-1), Les Bleues qualifies for the next round on Thursday evening.
No French football team had played a match on July 14, today is a first!
Aside from the symbolism of a French victory today, a success would rhyme with an almost validated qualification for the quarter-finals.
Info RMC Sport: Mbock and Matéo holders
According to information from RMC Sport, Griedge Mbock and Clara Matéo are starters replacing Aïssatou Tounkara and Sandie Toletti against Belgium.
The likely composition of the Blue
After last practice on Wednesday and satisfied with her team’s performance against Italy, Corinne Deacon should set up the same base as in the first game against Italy. She even mentioned “an elf type” at a press conference on the eve of the second group against Belgium.
The suspected composition:
Peyraud-Magnin – Perisset, Tounkara, Renard, Karchaoui – Bilbault, Geyoro, Toletti – Diani, Katoto, Cascarino
What is Belgium worth?
With an inexperienced but constantly improving team, the Red Flames hope to annoy the Blues. Even if they don’t have too many illusions… All the info is there.
How can Les Bleues qualify?
After their card against Italy (5-1), the Blues can take the opportunity to secure their ticket to the quarter-finals. The article can be read here.
good night everyone
Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live commentary, France v Belgium, Les Bleues’ second match at Euro 2022. In Rotherham, where they crushed Italy (5-1) on Sunday night, Les Bleues are looking to take a big step towards the quarter-finals. final. The kick-off is at 9 p.m.