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an impermeable defense, a star on fire… What are the Germans worth, opponents of the Blues in half?

Beyond its huge record, Germany made a thunderous start to Euro 2022 before challenging the French team this Wednesday in Milton Keynes in the semi-final (9 p.m.). RMC Sport makes presentations with the next rival of Les Bleues in England.

Double world champion, Olympic gold medalist in Rio in 2016 and above all eight-time winner of the Euro, the German team still acts as the big favorite during the continental tournament played this summer in England.

Next opponent of Les Bleues, this Wednesday in the semi-final in Milton Keynes (9 p.m.), the Mannchaft remains the team to beat in women’s football in Europe. Even if Corinne Deacon’s protégés are determined to fight to the end and want to believe it, a huge challenge awaits them to win the right to play in the final at the legendary Wembley Stadium.

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German flawless at the Euro

Despite a clear domination, the Blues needed a penalty during extra time to overcome the Netherlands in the previous round (1-0, ap). During the pools, France also sometimes had trouble convincing against Belgium (2-1) or Iceland (1-1). Conversely, Germany is already in steamroller mode.

From its first match of the continental tournament, the Mannschaft played against Denmark (4-0). Rebelote against Spain with a shock mastered to perfection (2-0) then against Finland (3-0). During its quarter-final against its Austrian neighbor, Germany did not shake (2-0). Four games, four clear wins with eleven goals and above all no conceded.

The star of the team: Alexandra Popp

With the crack Giulia Gwinn on the right side of the defense or the midfielders Lina Magull and Sara Dabritz, Germany has no shortage of players capable of blowing up the opposing block. But among the slew of talents, coach Martina Voss can especially count on the immense Alexandra Popp.

At 1.74m tall, the Wolfsburg striker has already scored four goals since the start of the Euro and remains in the running for the title of top scorer (she is currently second behind England’s Beth Mead). Multiple German champion, Alex Popp also won the Champions League three times during her career. Captain of her selection, the striker is also the fifth top scorer in the Mannschaft with 57 goals in 118 selections since 2010.

“She is a very great player with a lot of qualities. We know the German mentality in general. It is true that we are used to competing in clubs and in selections, said French Wendie Renard before the semi-final of the Euro. Now it’s not just Alex Popp in this team. She’s a natural leader and she shows it at club and national level. She had a difficult season with glitches but she has been present with her country since the start of this tournament. It is up to us to be strong collectively to prevent her from continuing her good series with her country.”

Germany, France’s pet peeve

With players such as Alex Popp, the danger will therefore be omnipresent for Les Bleues. But good news, the tricolor group knows it and intends to use its past disappointments against Germany to win this time.

If Corinne Deacon does not want to put forward a feeling of revenge among the French team, the Mannschaft remains on four victories in major competitions against the French.

Admittedly, France has (a little) raised the bar in friendly, but the results remain rather unflattering against the Germanic neighbor. In 20 matches (friendlies and tournaments) against Germany, Les Bleues have only won five times.

To this must be added four draws and above all eleven defeats for a total of 16 goals scored against 39 conceded. Apart from the United States, no team is doing so well against France. This is to say if the teammates of Clara Matéo and Eve Périsset will sign a resounding feat if they manage to overcome the German ogre. At the end of the fight against the German team, the dream of a first international final at Wembley.


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