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The end of a dream

Euro 2022 in England ends in the semi-finals for the players of Corinne Deacon, beaten Wednesday evening (1-2) by Germany who could count on the realism of the inevitable Alexandra Popp.

They dreamed of marking history a little more. In the last four of a European Championship for the first time, the Blues stumbled on Wednesday in Milton Keynes on Germany (1-2), who will aim, Sunday at Wembley against England, host of the tournament, a ninth title in as many finals disputed. The experience and efficiency of Alexandra Popp, author of her 5th and 6th goals, cracked the players of Corinne Deacon, who had nevertheless displayed their mental strength to equalize before half-time. by the German keeper. Next meeting on the agenda of the French women’s team? At the beginning of September with the last qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup for which it is already qualified.


Germany – France: 2-1 (1-1)
UEFA Women’s European Championship 2022 – Semi-finals.
Milton Keynes, Stadium MK. 27,445 spectators. Referee: Ms Foster (Wales)
Goals for Germany: Popp (40th, 76th); France : Frohms (44th csc). Warnings for Germany: Gwinn (74th), Oberdorf (90th+4); for France : Toletti (22nd), Bacha (56th)
Germany : Frohms – Gwinn, Hendrich, Hegerin (Doorsoun, 81st), Rauch – Magull (Dallmann, 69th), Oberdorf, Däbritz (Lohmann, 69th) – Huth (Wassmuth, 90th), Popp (cap.), Brand. Coach: Mr. Voss-Tecklenburg.
France : Peyraud-Magnin – Périsset, Mbock, Renard (cap.), Karchaoui – Geyoro, Bilbault, Toletti (Sarr, 80th) – Diani, Malard (Bacha, 46th), D. Cascarino (Matéo, 61st). Coach: C. Deacon.


Four days after qualifying against the Netherlands (1-0 ap), the French team appeared with the same starting lineup in the semi-finals against Germany. Coach Corinne Deacon has indeed renewed her usual 4-3-3 and bet on continuity. For their first at this level in the European Championship, Les Bleues left possession to the Germans who dominated the first act and opened the scoring through the inevitable Alexandra Popp (1-0, 40th), author of the 100th goal of his selection in the final phase of a Euro. But like last Saturday, the Blues responded mentally by reacting at the best time. Just before half-time, Kadidiatou Diani took his chance from outside the box and could count on help from the post and then the goalkeeper (1-1, 44′).

Kadidiatou Diani’s equalizer (photo Baptiste FERNANDEZ / ICON SPORT).

Returning from the locker room, Melvine Malard gave way to Selma Bacha, who had scored points when she entered the game against the Dutch. Objective ? Play more in depth, insist and not give up in this fight. The Lyonnaise quickly proved to be dangerous missing the frame (58th) before stumbling on the German door (63rd) and serving Wendie Renard for a stung header diverted on her line by Frohms (64th) who also intervened in front of Diani ( 67th).

The French quarter of an hour had passed without having managed to show offensive realism. Unlike Germany which concretized its highlight with the same pair. Huth still in the role of passer found the head of Popp (2-1, 76th), who was ahead of Mbock, unhappy on this one, she who had just deflected two German attempts. Les Bleues gave everything until the end (Bacha, 80th) without managing to come back.

Alexandra Popp scored the 100th and 101st goals for Germany in the final phase of a Euro, a record (photo Baptiste FERNANDEZ / ICON SPORT).


Germany will play their 9th final in 13 editions of the Euro, at least 3 more than any other team. She has won the first 8 she has contested so far.


France lost in its 3 semi-finals of a major tournament (EURO + CDM + Olympic Games) after the 2011 World Cup (1-3 against the United States) and the 2012 Olympic Games (1-2 against Japan).


Les Bleues benefited from an own goal for the first time in their history at the Euro, while Germany also conceded their very first CSC in the history of the tournament.


With 6 goals in 5 matches, Alexandra Popp became the first player to score at least one goal in 5 consecutive matches in the competition. She also equals the record for goals in the same edition for a player (Mead in 2022 and Grings).


– 1-0, Alexandra Popp (40th, assist from Svenja Huth). On a cross from the right side of Huth, Alexandra Popp is ahead of Eve Perisset at the penalty spot and places her left kick to deceive Pauline Peyraud-Magnin under her bar.

– 1-1, Merle Frohms (44th csc). Following a French ball recovery, Kadidiatou Diani is served outside the area. She turns around and causes the equalizer, her powerful right shot hitting the post before bouncing off the back of Merle Frohms to finish in goal.

– 2-1, Alexandra Popp (76th, assist from Svenja Huth). On a German attack, the French defense makes two decisive interventions. The ball returns to the right side where Svenja Huth can cross for Alexandra Popp. The attacker arrives launched and takes over Griedge Mbock in order to place her pricked head.

Peyraud-Magnin postponed the deadline

She hadn’t had much work in the quarter-final against the reigning European champions but it was another story in Milton Keynes. Against the experienced Germans, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin – for her first semi-final of an international competition – held the blue house in the first period. If her first intervention outside her area in the feet of Magull was able to thrill (15th) and her opponents did not spare her by seeking to hinder her (Popp, 16th), the tricolor goalkeeper quickly responded to the proposed challenge . During a highlight when the players of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg chained the free kicks, she released a decisive parade on the attempt of Alexandra Popp (22nd) recalling the stop made during the entry into the running of the Blue against Italy when the score was 0-0 (5-1 in the end, July 10). On the opener, she can’t do much, blasted at close range by the same Popp who played well (1-0, 40th). Four minutes later, his rage over the equalizer said everything about his motivation. Another game started in the second half. Unfortunately on the only real opposing opportunity, Peyraud-Magnin lost once again to Popp (2-1, 76th). Infuriating.

Pauline Peyraud-Magnin comes out in the air (photo Baptiste FERNANDEZ / ICON SPORT).


“We must pay tribute to this very strong German team. We gave everything, I think we have no regrets. The girls were good tonight, they gave everything they had. I’m proud of them, they didn’t give up. What we did is good. This is still not enough today. We see what we are missing compared to the nations that are used to winning. We still missed that little bit of success in front of goal. One day it will come for us. There, it is the disappointment that prevails. We had the ambition to go to Wembley, we didn’t succeed tonight, but you have to know that our opponent was stronger. The girls are disappointed, of course, we won’t have to talk too much. We have to stay united as we have done from the beginning, and stay together. »

Corinne Deacon, coach of the French women’s team


112th loss in Les Bleues history for 281 wins and 88 draws (1,046 goals for, 462 against).
64th game of Corinne Deacon as coach (52 wins, 6 draws, 6 losses, 208 goals for, 36 against).
136th selection for Wendie Renard, now five lengths behind the 10th most capped player (Élodie Thomis, 141) and 61st captaincy.
26 games played by Les Bleues in seven appearances in the final stages of the Euros (11 won, 8 drawn, 7 lost, 39 goals for, 34 against).

Results and schedule

First round – Group D
Sunday July 10, 2022:

  • Belgium – Iceland 1-1
  • France – Italy 5-1

Thursday, July 14, 2022 :

  • Italy – Iceland 1-1
  • France – Belgium 2-1

Monday, July 18, 2022 :

  • Iceland – France 1-1
  • Italy – Belgium 0-1

Ranking: 1. France, 7 points (+5); 2. Belgium, 4 pts (0); 3. Iceland, 3 pts (0); 4. Italy, 1pt (-5).


  • Wednesday July 20, 2022: England – Spain 2-1
  • Thursday July 21, 2022: Germany – Austria 2-0
  • Friday July 22, 2022: Sweden – Belgium 1-0
  • Saturday July 23, 2022: France – Netherlands 1-0 after


  • Tuesday July 26, 2022: England – Sweden 4-0
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022: Germany – France 2-1

Sunday July 31 at Wembley Stadium in London (6 p.m.).



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