Football: Les Bleues return to winning ways against Norway

For their last game of the year, the French women’s national team came back with a victory against Norway (2-1), this Friday evening in La Nucia, in the south-east of Spain, thanks to a goal by Viviane Asseya in the last ten minutes.

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After two defeats against Germany (2-1) and Sweden (3-0), Les Bleues, semi-finalists of the Euro last July, they did not always seduce against a weakened Norway, but he can breathe before the attack in 2023 and the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which will be held from July 20 to August 20.

Asseyi, who came on a quarter of an hour earlier, put Corinne Deacon’s men through in the 83rd minute with an unstoppable header, his 14th goal for France A.

In the absence of several forwards, notably Selma Bach or Charlotte Bilbault, France provided the first thirty minutes of good quality, rewarded by a key goal from Kadidiatou Diani (22nd), well served by the returning Sakina Karchaoui. The left side was injured during the last rally.

But ten minutes later the French defense showed its current limits, in the absence of Griedge Mbock, injured for several months. Caroline Graham Hansen (31.) took advantage of that passivity by catapulting the ball with her head.

Finally, Asseyi allowed the Blues to get their first victory since September 6, a demonstration against Greece (5-0) in the qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup.

France will play their first match at the Australia and New Zealand World Cup against Jamaica on 23 July 2023, before the clash against Brazil on 29 July.

FRANCE – NORWAY: 2-1 (1-1). Goals: Diani (22nd), Asseyi (83rd) for France; Graham Hansen (31st) for Norway.

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