2023 World Cup qualifications: Les Bleues finish with a clear round but cry for Griedge Mbock

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2023 World Cup qualifications: Les Bleues finish with a clear round but cry for Griedge Mbock

The fact: Griedge Mbock’s terrible injury

The new card against Greece, this Tuesday in Sedan, will remain very anecdotal. The evening was marked by the serious injury of Griedge Mbock, who collapsed in the 37th minute of the game. While she was wrestling with Veatriki Sarri, her right leg crashed on the lawn. His knee gave way, and his cry of pain was widely audible. Immediately, all of the players became aware of the seriousness of the 27-year-old’s injury.

She was evacuated on a stretcher after eight minutes of suffering on the lawn, before being evacuated to Charleville-Mézières hospital. Terrible news for Mbock, who had his return to the field in September 2021, after more than a year of absence due to a ruptured Achilles tendon and a relapse. We must fear a new long absence for her.

The game: 5-1

Unsurprisingly, Les Bleues ended their World Cup qualification journey with a festival against Greece (5-1), to end their campaign with a clear round (10 wins in 10 matches). In a well-filled Louis-Dugauguez stadium for a Tuesday evening (11,212 spectators), the French quickly took the lead thanks to Parisians Grace Geyoro (9th) and Kadidiatou Diani (17th), on two assists from their teammate. , Sandy Baltimore.

Never worried in Greece a year ago (10-0), the French women were a little more stressed defensively in Sedan, and could not keep their clean sheet. On a corner from Veatriki Sarri, Sofia Kongouli placed a header at the near post, taking advantage of the elastic marking of Melvine Malard and the off-time exit of Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (19th). The fourth goal conceded by the France team in the qualifying round.

Although struck by the serious injury of Mbock, the French have nevertheless resumed their march forward, thanks to Melvine Malard (45th), opportunist after a bar from Marion Torrent. Kadidiatou Diani then offered himself a double on an opening from Sandie Toletti (45th + 9). Sandy Baltimore added a fifth goal in a second period where the heart was gone (59th). The game was interrupted for half an hour by a violent storm, but the Bleues were still able to conclude their campaign positively. They will however rub shoulders on a whole new level next month, with friendlies in Germany (October 7) then in Sweden (October 11).

The player: Baltimore shows up

Very little used at the Euro, Sandy Baltimore took advantage of the match against Greece to remind that she was able to set fire to the left wing. The 22-year-old Parisian was first behind the first goal after an increase in assists with Grace Geyoro (19th). She added a second assist in stride, finding Kadidiatou Diani (17th). While she had not scored in selection since her superb game against England in April 2021, she ended her scarcity on an opening from Grace Geyoro (59th).

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