April 13, 2024

Les Bleues on top of the world!

Les Bleues get their third star! Two years after a crushing defeat by Norway at the same stage of the competition, Olivier Krumbholz’s charges pulled out all the stops to defeat Norway and claim their long-awaited third world championship title. From the outset, this 26th final got off to a cracking start. While Laura Glauser (4 saves at 20% efficiency) and Silje Solberg (2 saves…

Les Bleues get their third star! Two years after a crushing defeat by Norway at the same stage of the competition, Olivier Krumbholz’s charges pulled out all the stops to defeat Norway and claim their long-awaited third world championship title. From the outset, this 26th final got off to a cracking start. While Laura Glauser (4 saves at 20% efficiency) and Silje Solberg (2 saves at 13% efficiency) were in the limelight, Estelle Nze Minko (3 goals from 5 shots) and onnes of the reigning world champions. On the quarter-hour mark, Orlane Kanor (4 goals from 6 shots) and Chloé Valentini (4 goals from 5 shots) scored from long range after Stine Oftedal (6 goals from 7 shots) had lost the ball. Thorir Heigersson then decided to change goalkeeper, introducing Katrine Lunde (7 saves at 30% efficiency). This status quo lasted just over six minutes.

Les Bleues clenched their teeth

During his first time-out, Olivier Krumbholz asked his defense to take more risks to slow down Henny Reistad. This was well received. Pushing Kristine Breistol to the foul, Les Bleues scratched a ball to make a first break. minutes to play in this first half. In the final moments, the two teams battled it out and then separated by three after 30 minutes of intense action. Hatadou Sako (4 saves at 25% efficiency) replaced Laura Glauser in the French goal. Alicia Toublanc (2 goals on 4 shots) scored the first goal, but it was the Norwegians who made the difference, coming back to within two points less than four minutes after the restart. As the final 20 minutes approached, Les Bleues managed to keep Norway off-balance on both sides of the pitch.t by deploying their offensive power. This resulted in a 4-1 scoreline in the space of seven minutes, with Ingvild Bakkerud at the helm. A one-length Norway comeback prompted Olivier Krumbholz to take his second time-out to tighten things up. It was then that the Léna Grandveau show (5 goals from 6 shots) began. While the Norwegian attack lost its bearings, with Nora Mørk (8 goals from 10 shots) multiplying her missed passes, the Nantes midfielder made the opposing defense waltz. With two consecutive goals, she gave Les Bleues a four-length cushion.already beaten by Norway, the French team regained its place at the top of the world hierarchy at the end of a final whose outcome was beyond dispute. A world championship title, at the end of a year in which the Tricolores were unbeaten, perfectly paves the way to Paris 2024 and an Olympic title to defend.