Present for the first time in the last four of the Euro, the French team has a huge challenge to take up this Wednesday July 27. Corinne Deacon’s players face Germany in the semi-finals of the European Championship with a golden opportunity to win a first qualification for a final of a major international competition.
Impressive since the start of this Euro, Germany has still not conceded a single goal. On the offensive level, the German selection is also perfectly settled with eleven goals scored. Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg relies on a quality group. But Corinne Deacon, her French counterpart, can say the same. Several players will be closely followed during this semi-final. The latter may well hold the keys to this part.
Wendie Renard finally decisive?
Emblematic figure and captain of this French team, Wendie Fox knows a very complicated Euro. During the group stages, the Lyonnaise was not at her usual level. She chained approximations and hesitations on the defensive level, something very unusual for her. From the top of her 87 meter, the fourth top scorer is also a danger in the opposing area on a corner. But not in this Euro. And his missed penalty against Belgium did not help his confidence.
Facing the Netherlands, the tricolor captain was reassured in particular on the defensive level. Wendie Renard is obviously eagerly awaited for this semi-final due to her armband, her experience (134 caps), her role in the French defense. And faced with a particularly successful German team since the start of the competition, the Lyonnaise risks having a job. His past with the selection has also often made him cross paths with the Germans in major international games, the fate of these matches has never turned in the direction of the France team. Wendie Renard therefore hopes to break this curse.
Alexandra Popp, star of the semi-final?
Wendie Renard is likely to have a job during this semi-final. The tricolor captain will often cross swords with that of the German Alexandra Popp. The German striker achieves an exceptional Euro. Held back by injuries, the 31-year-old Wolfsburg player is playing her first European Championship when she is the top scorer still active in her selection. The 2016 Olympic champion was a substitute in the first game but ended up coming on before finding the net late in the game. As a result, Popp scored four times with one in each game the Germans played.
Delphine Cascarino still impressive?
The French left lane has been a safe bet since the start of the tournament. And Delphine Cascarino is there for many. Even if the Lyonnaise has also had to evolve on the right lane, especially against the Netherlands. The 25-year-old winger impresses with her ability to make the difference with her relentless dribbling, which makes her opponents dizzy. His speed is also a big strength. “She can make a difference at any time,” explained Wendie Renard at a press conference on Tuesday. Against the Netherlands, Cascarino also gave a lot by making several defensive returns. On the other side, Kadidiatou Diani also achieves a brilliant Euro. The second most capped player on the team behind Wendie Renard combines technique and power. A mixture often difficult to stop.
Sara Däbritz on familiar ground
Sara Däbritz will cross heads that she knows extremely well. The German, who plays in midfield, arrived in the French Championship in 2019 at Paris Saint-Germain. She will evolve next season on the side of Lyon. In addition to his good knowledge of France, Däbritz is an element to watch for the France team. The left-hander shines with her ability to break the lines with a devastating passing game. From the top of her 90 selections with the Nationalmannschaft, the future OL player is a regular in the selection. And despite strong competition in this sector, Däbritz started in the four games played by the Germans in this Euro.
Grace Geyoro in jail
Facing Italy, Grace Geyoro wanted everyone to know her. La Parisienne scored a hat-trick for the French women’s first match in the competition (5-1). The tone was set. Placed very high on the pitch by Corinne Deacon, the captain of PSG seems to love her role as torchbearer in the French game and her performances prove it. She is also able to evolve in a lower position where she can recover many balls. The German environment has been excellent since the start of this Euro, that of France, with Toletti and Bilbault, is equally so. The confrontation may be interesting to follow.