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The Blueberries end on a big call to order

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Just one week into the Euro against England, the France Espoirs team fell to Austria (3-1) on Tuesday for their last warm-up match. The Blueberries have made too many defensive mistakes against realistic Austrians.

A week before their entry in the running in the Euro Espoirs (16-30 June), the Blueberries finish their preparation on a very bad note. This Tuesday night, the French were heavily inclined, against Austria in a friendly match (3-1). At the Hartberg Stadion, Hannes Wolf (21st, 58th) and Husein Balic (85th) put the Austrians in orbit, while the equalizer Jeff Queen-Adelaide (57th) was ultimately not beneficial to the Tricolores. With this heaviest defeat of the Ripoll era, Lucas Tousart’s partners are not reassured, while England will be their first opponent of the European Championship (Tuesday, 21h).

Compared to the match against Belgium (3-0 on June 3rd), Sylvain Ripoll made only two changes, all in defense. If Kelvin Amian replaced a injured Colin Dagba, Moussa Niakhaté took the place of Dayot Upamecano. A defense that was very quickly taken in default. Served by Niakhaté, Paul Bernardoni failed to control the ball. In ambush, Hannes Wolf was not asked to open the scoring, having played all the defense and while the goal was empty (21st, 1-0). In the second act, a new French defensive error, following a bad recovery by Ibrahima Konaté, allowed Wolf, only at the penalty spot, to double the bet on a service Kalajdzic, who had managed to attract Bernardoni, author a missed exit (58th, 2-1).

Queen Adelaide had yet equalized …

However, less than a minute earlier, the Bleuets had managed to equalize thanks to Jeff Queen-Adelaide (57th, 1-1). Party from his own camp following an opening of Houssem Aouar, the Angevin went all the other ground to finally deceive Schlager. Much too clumsy and regularly late, the Blueberries, who nevertheless saw Ikoné (42nd) and Ntcham (72nd) to find the pole, ended up conceding a third and last goal, at the very end of the game. Party against, Balic played Anthony Caci to find the flaw, a dive ball (85th, 3-1).

Despite the new blood brought by Sylvain Ripoll in the second half, including the entry of Marcus Thuram for his first selection, the Blueberries showed a worrying face and were not able to accelerate, when they had it. opportunity. For their first participation in a Euro Espoirs since 2006, the French will quickly have to recover if they want to give themselves the means to go as far as possible in the competition. England, Croatia and Romania are looking forward to them.


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