Long without a solution and clumsy in front of goals, the Blue ended the year 2023 with a victory snatched in the last moments thanks to Geyoro's goal (90th 4th) against Portugal this Tuesday (1-0). Hervé Renard had made 10 changes, the team having already qualified for the Final Four of the Nations League which will take place in February 2024.
Without most of its executives left to rest (Henry, Le Sommer, De Almeida, Mbock, Renard) or injured Friday against Austria (Katoto, Diani), the French women's team took time before entering in his match in Leiria. The Portuguese, who needed success to avoid relegation to League B, stood out behind the French defense. It took a superb save from Solène Durand (16th) to avoid falling into the trap. The Blues then took the upper hand as the minutes passed without being very dangerous. Vicki Becho (21st) then Amel Majri, scorer in an offside position (41st), created the best opportunities in a generally rather lackluster first act.
Upon returning from the locker room, Hervé Renard's players experienced a slight air gap which could have been costly without the numerous saves from Estelle Cascarino and... a helping hand from the referee. Portugal thought they would open the score in the 56th minute but the assistant referee's flag rose, signaling a completely non-existent offside. A warning of no consequence for the Blues, finally dangerous after the hour of play and the changes made (Bacha, Dali, Malard, Geyoro then Diaz came into play). Viviane Asseyi hit the post (62nd) then Melvine Malard saw her shot blocked at close range (63rd). By pushing hard, and despite a scare for Durand (78th), the French ended up deceiving the valiant Portuguese team. The crossbar which repelled two French attempts in quick succession (92nd) was unable to do anything in front of Geyoro, receiving a perfect cross from Becho (0-1, 94th). A saving goal, the last of 2023 for the French women's team.
Dominators in the group, the Blues will return to the last four of the Nations League in February 2024. Their opponent, known next Monday, promises to be of a completely different caliber. Hervé Renard knows it, he will have to compete against the best European selections (Germany, Spain, Netherlands) to win the title.