a comeback, a premature endgame and a plush base camp

a comeback, a premature endgame and a plush base camp

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In the spotlight: Norway v Northern Ireland

St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, will be one of ten stadiums hosting matches for the Women's Euro in England, which takes place from July 6 to 31.

Scheduled at 9 p.m. at St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton), the second meeting of the tournament and Group A, the only match of the day, promises ninety complicated minutes for the Northern Irish. Ranked at 47e world rank of the International Football Federation (FIFA), the team led by Kenny Shiels acts as Tom Thumb.

What to worry about in the face of the 11e world nation? One thing is certain, the last two meetings against the opponent of the evening did not leave reassuring memories: 6-0 and another 6-0 in qualifying in 2019. Against the Gresshoppene (“the grasshoppers”, in Norwegian) led by Ada Hegerberg, Northern Ireland will have the heavy task of resisting the Scandinavian team, in search of the title.

At the Vertes et Blanches, all that remains is to wish good luck, or great silence in Norwegian.

European star: Ada Hegerberg

Ada Hegerberg greets the public during a friendly match against New Zealand, in Oslo, June 25, 2022.

The spotlight and cameras at Southampton Stadium will no doubt be on her. Coming out of a five-year voluntary international retirement, the Norwegian player Ada Hegerberg approaches the Euros in a “balance between confidence, ambition and realism”as she confided in an interview with World.

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Rewarded in 2018 with the first Women’s Golden Ball in history, the striker comes out of an accomplished club season with Olympique Lyonnais: she won the French championship, then the Champions League by beating FC Barcelona. in the final (3-1), scoring a goal and providing an assist.

Facing Northern Ireland, Ada Hegerberg will be keen to launch her Euro but above all, to score again in international competition. His last tournament achievement dates back to June 15, 2015, with a double against Ivory Coast during the group stage of the World Cup organized in Canada. The centre-forward will present himself as a number one threat against Jacqueline Burns, the Northern Irish goalkeeper.

In the skylight: the Blues are acclimatizing

The French team on the ground of its base camp in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, July 5.

It was in the opulent residence of Champney Springs, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, that the players of the France team and their coach, Corinne Deacon, put down their things and then took out their crampons, their first online meeting. of sight. Scheduled for July 10 at 9 p.m. against Italy, the French women’s first match will be held at New York Stadium (12,000 seats) in Rotherham, an hour’s drive from their base camp.

Lost in the center of England, the Bleues savor their retreat to Leicestershire, as detailed Eve Périsset (27) at The team Tuesday, July 5: “It’s great, we have a great weight room, a living room, we have everything to be well. Compared to Euro 2017 [aux Pays-Bas]we have many more things. »

Volleyball: Spain without its Golden Ball

After in-depth examinations carried out at the King Edward VII hospital in London on Tuesday July 5, Alexia Putellas, leader of the Spanish selection and Ballon d’Or 2021, had to give up participating in the Euro: she injured her stomach. training and accuses a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee.

Out of the race even before the start of the competition, the Barcelonan has still decided to stay with her team, and will be, in the stands, the first support of the Roja against Finland on Friday 8 July.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mariona Caldentey, her Blaugrana teammate, did not fail to mention the importance of her friend in the locker room, without being discouraged: “We have full confidence in Alexia, and we know that, even from the outside, she will be able to help us. The team will continue to work, for Alexia, for Vir, for Jenni, for all the players who are not there. »

Without the most selected Spanish player in history (100 games since 2014), there is no doubt that Jorge Vilda’s team will have more difficulty getting out of Group B, against Germany, Denmark and Finland.

In the retro: England ensures the minimum

Old Trafford bubbled on Wednesday evening for the opening of this European Women’s Football Championship. The English, victorious thanks to the goal scored quickly (15e minute) by Arsenal striker Bethany Mead (27), dominated an unprolific meeting (1-0), where the Austrians struggled to show themselves. Next step for the Lionesses and their coach, the Dutch Sarina Wiegman, Norway on July 11 at 9 p.m., at Falmer Stadium in Brighton.

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