Football: Les Bleues fall in the Nations League final, the consecration of a first title will wait

Football: Les Bleues fall in the Nations League final, the consecration of a first title will wait

L'Espagne l'emporte 2 à 0 face au Bleues en finale de la Ligue des nations. – Julio Muñoz

Battues (2-0) logiquement par l'Espagne, championne du monde en titre, les Bleues d'Hervé Renard échouent dans leur quête de titre.   

The challenge was too great: still in search of a first major title, the French women's team suffered the law of the Spanish world champions on Wednesday in Seville in the final of the League of Nations (2-0), five months from the ultimate objective of the Paris Olympics.

Les Bleues, who were playing their first final of an international competition after a solid victory against Germany in the semi-final (2-1), once again fell to stronger than them.

As against Australia in the quarter-finals of the 2023 World Cup, or in the past against the United States, Hervé Renard's players could only note that a class gap still separated them from the very great nations. Because Spain, the first team in the FIFA rankings, is indeed one.

All the more so thanks to this first title in the League of Nations, synonymous with an unprecedented double six months after their world coronation in Sydney in front of England, including the party was spoiled by the forced kiss of the former president of the Spanish Federation Luis Rubiales on Jenni Hermoso, which caused a wave of international indignation.

Record attendance

A colossal revenge for the La Roja players after weeks of standoff against those responsible for Spanish football, and years of fighting for more recognition of their sport. The match is still not won and the stands are still far from being as full as for their male counterparts, despite a record attendance for a women's match with 32,657 spectators, in an Olympic stadium in La Cartuja which can accommodate 57,000.

Champions in every sense of the word

But Jenni Hermoso and her teammates demonstrated, as the Tigers striker wished at a press conference, that they were " champions in every sense of the word". – Bonmati, obviously – Totally dominated technically and physically, the Blues simply did not exist in the meeting and could do nothing apart from trying to resist the Iberian attacks.

And the central hinge, once again composed of Griedge Mbock and Maëlle Lakrar due to the loss of captain Wendie Renard, who until now managed to muzzle the nugget of FC Barcelona Salma Paralluelo, ended up cracking at half-time. hour of play.

The Golden Ball Aitana Bonmati is there

The Ballon d'Or Aitana Bonmati did what is expected of great players in major events: being there in the right place at the right time to open the score ( 33rd, 1-0) on a cross from Olga Carmona. Logically led, the French team, frustrated and without a solution like captain Eugénie Le Sommer, returned headlong to the locker room without any shot attempted.

The La Roja players, pushed by the "España, España" of thousands of Andalusian families, continued to develop their passing game until doubling the lead in the second half on a new placed attack concluded by Mariona Caldentey (53rd, 2-0) in the middle of a defense too passive.

It then took two good outings from Juventus goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin at the feet of Paralluelo to prevent the match from turning into a demonstration (54th, 84th). The French awakening did not take place, and the game ended under the "olé" of the Andalusian public, who exulted at the final whistle, ready to celebrate their champions a second time.

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