France Retain Title On Home Soil

Photo: The French squad pictured with the trophy after their final match against the Netherlands. Photo: @equipedefrancef

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the 2022 France Tournament (23/2/22).

France played and won their three games in France Tournament and kept their title for the second consecutive year.

February 16, 2022:

France won 5-0 against Finland. It was an easy game for France (4th in FIFA ranking) against the 28th ranked Finns. France dominated this game (62% possession, 27 shots with 10 on target). Goals for France from Westerlund (12 Own Goal), Melvine Malard (16), Wendie Renard (34, 89), Grace Geyoro (58).

Brazil and Netherlands encounter ended 1-1. It was a close game all round. The Dutch led through Lineth Beerensteyn (62) with Marta levelling from the penalty spot with three minutes left. ]

February 19, 2022:

France won 2-1 against Brazil. Despite edging the possession count with 61% it was a little bit more difficult for France against the seventh-ranked Brazilians. The result of this game could have been different if Leticia, Brazil goalkeeper, had not let the ball go to allow Katoto put France ahead. French goalkeeper Peyraud-Magnin, the France goalkeeper made two key saves as well.

Selma Bacha, 21 years old, (from Olympique Lyonnais) produced another good performance as left back with the following statistics. In her 55 minutes on the pitch, she played 55 balls, made 37 passes with 92% successful, nine tackles back, and three crosses. Goals for France from Marie-Antoinette Katoto (23, 59). Goal for Brazil from Marta (19 on penalty).

Netherlands won 3-0 against Finland. It was an easy game for the Netherlands with Finland was never in position to cause trouble to the Dutch goal. Goals for Netherlands from Caitlin Dijkstra (24), Katja Snoeijs (36, 49).

February 22, 2022:

France won 3-1 against Netherlands. This game was level and the score could have been tighter. For the Netherlands, Martens had a huge opportunity at the fifth minute but put the ball over the crossbar from the penalty spot, and Pelova hit the crossbar with a shot from 18 meters at the 85th minute. Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored two goals with a “Madjer”. This type of shot is named after Mustapha Rabah Madjer who did it first in 1987; and it is a strike with the heel with it located behind the support leg. With these two goals, Marie-Antoinette Katoto has now scored 23 goals for France national team at only 23 years old.

For her return to the France squad, Eve Périsset (from Bordeaux) produced a very good performance also as a right defender with the following statistics (recorded by Jean-Pierre Thiesset for Impetus during the game): in 80 minutes (she was replaced at the 82nd minute), 70 balls played, 43 passes with 91% successful, 17 tackles won, five crosses, two saves at the 49th minute (a clearance at the penalty spot and a defensive tackle on the left of the goal without fault). Goals for France from Wendie Renard (20 on penalty), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (25, 74). Goal for Netherlands from Lineth Beerensteyn (50).

Brazil and Finland concluded their tournament with a draw 0-0 in a game where Brazil had opportunities, but without scoring.  

France Tournament Final standings

1st – France 9 pts

2nd – Nederland 4 pts

3rd – Brazil 2 pts

4th – Finland 1 pt

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