April 14, 2024

Les Bleues are there!

Les Bleues didn’t want any suspense! In the wake of Norway’s extra-time win over Denmark, a totally different scenario prevailed in the duel between France and Sweden. There was virtually no match on the Boxen floor, as the Tricolores displayed all their talent. Indeed, right from the start, Laura Glauser (12 saves at 36% efficiency) followed in the footsteps of her second-half p…

Les Bleues didn’t want any suspense! In the wake of Norway’s extra-time win over Denmark, a totally different scenario prevailed in the duel between France and Sweden. There was virtually no match on the Boxen floor, as the Tricolores displayed all their talent. Indeed, right from the start, Laura Glauser (12 saves at 36% efficiency) followed in the footsteps of her second-half performance against the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

Sweden’s attack remained mute for most of the match. Tomas Axner, who took his first time-out after eight minutes. The second came barely five minutes later, as there was no way out against a French team on a mission.

Krumbholz had to re-mobilize his players

With Estelle Nze Minko (4 goals on 5 shots) and ChloƩ Valentini (4 goals on 5 shots), Les Bleues continued to extend their lead, leading by eight when the Swedish coach interrupted play for a second time. The difference between the two teams even reached ten with twelve minutes to go before the break. This one-sided start to the game may have caused the Tricolores to lose concentration. The gap between the two teams oscillated between seven and nine units until the break. A final goal from Linn Blohm (4 goals on 4 shots) and a miss from Coralie Lassource (1 goal on 3 shots) saw Sweden return to the dressing room eight points behind Les Bleues. The start of the second half came as no great surprise, with the Scandinavians determined to get back on track and pushing forward. The result was a 5-1 scoreline in five minutes, with Jenny Carlson (4 goals on 7 shots) finding solutions in the Bleues defense.

Les Bleues applied themselves right to the end

Ceberts (3 goals on 8 shots), who closed to within six points. Laura Glauser then cooled the ardor of Tomas Axner’s players, allowing ChloĆ© Valentini to extend the gap once again, allowing Les Bleues to approach the end of this semi-final with confidence.

A scenario which also enabled the French coaching staff to rotate their squad, with Hatadou Sako (5 saves at 42% efficiency) taking over perfectly in goal. Sarah Bouktit (1 goal from 3 shots) restored Les Bleues’ ten-goal lead eight minutes from the buzzer. With the Swedes out of their depth, the French team easily booked their place in their seventh championship final.