France boss Corinne Deacon was delighted to see her side advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a narrow 2-1 victory against Belgium at New York Stadium, but thinks the “effectiveness” they have shown against Italy was lacking.
France took the lead early on when Sakina Karchaoui sent a ball to the far post for Kadidiatou Diani to acquiesce from close range.
Belgium equalized in the 36th minute against the run of play when Janice Cayman passed Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, but France restored their deserved lead five minutes later when Griedge Mbock Bathy regained the lead from close range.
France were awarded a penalty late in the game after VAR ruled that Amber Tysiak had manipulated inside the box and received a second yellow card.
Captain Wendie Fox failed to take advantage as they missed both the penalty and the follow-up, however, France were not to be denied a place in the quarter-finals.
After the match, Deacon said in a press conference: “We had a lot of chances to score a third goal but today I think the efficiency against Italy was lacking.
“We know it’s not every day that we score five goals in the first half and we couldn’t score five goals tonight, but we got through and that’s all that matters.
“The efficiency was slightly different from the game against Italy, but we scored one more goal than Belgium, which means we won this game and are top of our group.”
France qualified for the last eight with one game to spare and Deacon wants his team to savor the moment ahead of these upcoming matches.
“We’re going to rest and savor the victory and make the most of those moments of joy when they come,” she said.
“It’s very rare to qualify after two games, so let’s go back to base camp, rest and take stock of injuries tomorrow, then get ready for Iceland.”
Belgium are yet to win a game in the tournament and will need to win against Italy in their final group match to progress.
Belgium boss Ives Serneels said: “Everyone gave their all today and it’s a shame the game doesn’t reflect that.
“I didn’t think we were going to cash in after six minutes. I’m not going to be negative because my team made me proud, but we showed exactly what we were capable of tonight and how beautiful the women’s game is.
“We also know that France are very good and have the best European players, we are talking about the third best team in the world, so I don’t think we should be negative.
“It’s not going to be a walk in the park against Italy, I’ve been with this team for a long time and I think they earned their stripes tonight.”
Corinne Deacon says France need more ‘efficiency’ after narrow win over Belgium
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