Les Bleues take first place in Group D with a 5-1 victory over Italy Sunday and victory over Belgium, who drew with Iceland in their opening game, will seal their passage to the quarter-finals.
Italy will have to find an answer after this beating and face Iceland at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.
Here, the PA news agency looks back at Thursday’s games after another action-packed night on Wednesday saw the Netherlands record their first victory.
Italy’s tournament could not have got off to a better start after France’s blows in Sunday’s opener.
This let Le Azzurre know they had to beat Iceland to lead their destiny to the final match – a defeat sees them eliminated.
Italy head coach Milena Bertolini told UEFA.com: “We have to be angry, take the right approach and show a willingness to react. Our tournament starts now.
Five-star France leaves again
France looked imperious as they beat Italy with five goals in the first half Rotherham and now they can secure their place in the last eight if they overtake Belgium.
It would be a treat for their country on Bastille Day and they hope to send another message of intent to other tournament contenders.
Belgium will not be rabbits in the headlights but know that they will have to improve since their draw against Iceland.
The Netherlands is operational
The Netherlands, who won the 2017 edition of the tournament, had an exciting battle with Portugal to Leigh to top Group C. An emphatic night watched the cards as they took a 2-0 first-half lead through headers from Damaris Egurrola and Stefanie van der Gragt.
But Carole Costa’s penalty, which came after VAR intervened, before the break, put Portugal back in the game, then Diana Silva stunned the Dutch with an equaliser.
Van de Donk had the last laugh, however, scoring a goal that suited an entertaining match win as she curled into the top corner from the edge of the box. A point in their final game against Switzerland will guarantee progress as Portugal must win against Sweden.
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Group D: Italy – Iceland (5pm, Manchester City Academy)Group D: France – Belgium (8pm, New York Stadium)
France go in search of a place for the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 on July 14
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