The France team won 2-0 against Iceland on Wednesday March 31 for the third day of the group stage of Euro Espoirs. This victory allows the Bleuets to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition where they will meet the Netherlands.
She had her fate in her hands. The France Espoirs team had to win this match against Iceland if they wanted to take part in the rest of the competition. It’s done. After having started badly on the first day of qualifying by losing (0-1) to Denmark on Thursday, March 25, the Bleuets were able to recover.
Thanks to their victory (2-0) over Russia on Friday March 28 and their performance of the day against Iceland, Sylvain Ripoll’s men finished second in their group with six points and qualified for the quarter-finals of the ‘Euro which will take place from May 31.
The French still struggled to enter this decisive meeting against an opponent who seemed to be much inferior. It took a little over a quarter of an hour of play to see the situation unblock and turn to the advantage of the Bleuets. Well positioned, midfielder Matteo Guendouzi opened the scoring on a center behind Alexis Claude-Maurice (17th).
Relieved by the opening of the scoring, Sylvain Ripoll’s players showed more serenity allowing them to keep their foot on the ball with 66% of possession throughout the match. Celtic Glasgow striker Odsonne Edouard even made the break shortly before half-time by deceiving the opposing goalkeeper with a superb stung ball (38 ‘). With this great achievement, the top scorer in the history of Les Bleuets signed his 17th goal in 13 caps and also became the first player of the France Espoirs team to score in two consecutive matches at Euro U21 since Bryan Bergougnoux in 2006.
Despite an unattractive second act with no shot on target on the French side, the Bleuets, serious, managed to maintain the score against a passive opponent on the defensive but also offensive level. Next meeting for the French from May 31, against the Netherlands who finished first in group A after two draws and a victory.