The match: 0-1
This is called falling from a height. The France Espoirs team, which is one of the favorites for the Euro in the category, lost for its entry into contention against Denmark (0-1), this Thursday at Haladas Stadion in Szombathely, Hungary. Transparent in the game, the Bleuets did not show the slightest serenity during this match against a Danish team that had long been harmless, but who took advantage of a lack of understanding in the French defense to open the scoring by Dreyer (75th) .
Without any real frank opportunity, timid and uninspired overall, the Bleuets have continuously stumbled against a very compact Danish block. In a style of play that may be too scholarly, without the slightest madness, the three French strikers Amine Gouiri, Odsonne Edouard and Romain Faivre lacked technical accuracy, and were muzzled by constant pressing from Denmark. Sylvain Ripoll’s men nevertheless held the ball, without finding spaces between the lines. The midfielder, with Mattéo Guendouzi, Boubacar Kamara and Eduardo Camavinga, could not make the difference either, perhaps for lack of benchmarks in the field, whether in placements or combinations. The changes to the hour of play could have changed things, with a more offensive team, but the Danes, courageously, did not give up.
Irreproachable so far, the French defenders have also ended up failing. Entered into play at the break, Anders Dreyer, well launched in the back of the defense by Jacob Bruun Larsen, took advantage of an error from a passive Benoît Badiashile to erase Alban Lafont with an outside hook before pushing the ball to the bottom of the fillets. The Bleuets, who have had only one collective training, will have to quickly find automatisms before meeting on Sunday (9 p.m.) a solid team from Russia, which beat Iceland (4-1) on Thursday.
The fact: a lack of automatism
It looked like it was the first time that the players of the France Espoirs team had played together. Les Bleuets, who joined the selection on Monday before flying to Hungary on Tuesday, only completed one training session on Wednesday before the match. This was transcribed on the field this Thursday against Denmark.
The Bleuets conceded only one Danish shot on target, on Anders Dreyer’s goal.