Geyoro, return to Grace / Euro 2022 / Gr. D / France-Italy (5-1) / SOFOOT.com

Geyoro, return to Grace / Euro 2022 / Gr. D / France-Italy (5-1) / SOFOOT.com

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By scoring a hat-trick against Italy, Grace Geyoro wrote a big page in her history in blue, while marking that of the Euro. A great performance for the middle of PSG who continues to gain in maturity and whose place in the workforce of Corinne Deacon becomes more and more essential.


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Let’s be honest, the one we scrutinized the most at the start of this France-Italy was Marie-Antoinette Katoto. In 2019, the PSG striker was not selected for the World Cup because too green, too frail, not decisive enough. In short, not ready for a major tournament with the Blue. Three years later, the native of Colombes was aligned at the forefront of the French attack and during the festival against the Blue (5-1), she went there from her little pawn. Not one more, not one less. But the essential is there: Marie-Antoinette Katoto has responded, mission accomplished.

But in the end, the one who brought all the light to her was her teammate at Paris Saint-Germain Grace Geyoro. This Sunday evening, the midfielder, established in the midfield with Charlotte Bilbault and Sandie Toletti was simply breathtaking. Better yet: she became the first player to score a hat-trick in the first half of a Euro. And even better: no team had planted five in the first act in the entire history of the competition. In short, cocorico rhymes with Geyoro. “I think we can say that she was in an evening of grace” laughed Kenza Dali in the mixed zone, confirming to the journalists present that they were not the only ones to have abused the same pun that evening.

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“The plan was to create spaces, no matter who took them. The players had to be very observant of each other’s movements to be at the finish.” confided Corinne Deacon in the post-match conference. In this little game, it was the Parisian who expressed herself best. Sacred comeback for the one who, at the end of June, left training in tears after seeing her left knee turn after a bad gesture. Finally, it was quickly confirmed that this discomfort would not call into question his participation in the Euro. But from there to start the tournament in such a way… “She needs to get hurt more often!” » dared downright Deacon at the microphone of TF1 after the meeting.

Beyond the touch of humour, the coach, who felt “a synergy” between its players, had indeed something to be satisfied with. The gamble of entrusting the keys to the environment to Geyoro has paid off. The one who was competing in the 2019 World Cup in the shoes of a substitute was able to emancipate herself from the absence of Amandine Henry to take on more responsibilities and free herself mentally. His hat-trick is the latest proof, certainly the most concrete. “It’s nice to be decisive, to score, and to be able to have fun with my teammates. It’s a beautiful evening for all of ushumbly reacted the heroine of the evening afterwards. We’re going to enjoy a little tonight, but we’ll quickly switch to something else tomorrow. » Belgium has been warned: that something is Belgium.

By Julien Duez, at New York Stadium

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