Friendly match: At five months of the World Cup, the Blues win against the United States (3-1) - Friendlies 2016 - Football
The team of France has launched its year 2019, in Le Havre, five months away from the World Cup, by winning 3-1 against the United States, the reigning world champions. At the end of a successful attack and solid defensive, the players of Corinne Deacon pocketed an 8th consecutive success, thanks to a double of Kadidiatou Diani and the first goal in A of Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
For this match against number 1 Fifa ranking that began without several of their executives (Rapinoe, Lloyd), Corinne Deacon chose to line up a 4-2-3-1 where Diani figured at the top. On the right side, which the PSG player usually occupies, it was Delphine Cascarino who was chosen, and it made his match, causing many differences in front of an Emily Fox outdated. From the 9th minute, it is the Lyon wing who overflowed before finding Diani at the first post, which marked a precise pivot shot (1-0).
Diani shines, Katoto reacts
The Cascarino show did not stop there, and the Lyonnaise could have been credited with a second assist if Kadidiatou Diani had not missed his recovery (27th). The latter had other opportunities to double the bet during a first period to the advantage of the Blue (39th, 40th). If the French have often left the ball to the Americans, they have long dominated the debates in the midfield, thanks to Henry and Bussaglia. Little worried in the first half, the Blues saw the Americans lack realism at the return of the locker room (53rd, 55th).
Eugénie Le Sommer also missed a big opportunity (51), before Diani doubled the bet of a beautiful lob (2-0, 56th). Tired by the coach this week in front of the press, Marie-Antoinette Katoto responded perfectly by opening her goal counter at the big after a good deep service from Bussaglia (3-0, 78th). Under American pressure (70th, 83rd), France ended up conceding a goal from Mallory Pugh in stoppage time, as against Brazil in November (3-1, 90th + 1). An anecdotal realization for the French women, who are the first to beat the United States from Australia ... in July 2017.