Women's Euro 2022 - French team - Grace Geyoro, rotten season, truncated preparation but divine Euro?

Women’s Euro 2022 – French team – Grace Geyoro, rotten season, truncated preparation but divine Euro?


From our special correspondent in Rotherham,

The pun had crossed the doors of the locker room of the Blue. “She was in a Grace night“, Kenza Dali smiled at us when discussing Grace Geyoro’s performance against Italy (5-1). She does not think so well: she who remained on eight goals in 49 selections had an abnormal evening in Rotherham. She scored, rare enough to be underlined, to launch hers in the footsteps of a historic evening. But she did not stop there, offering herself an unlikely hat-trick, including two classy goals : one by mystifying the Italian goalkeeper with a terrible feint, the other with a volley full of control.

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My favorite, it’s still the secondexplained the heroine of the evening afterwards. At the time, Marie made me a superb deflection and I said to myself ‘wow, I find myself in a position where I am not used to being. We had to make a quick choice, I push her a little far but I manage to make the hook and finish“. Logically elected player of the match, the Parisian wore a broad smile throughout the post-match, despite heavy media obligations. How to explain this sudden taste for goal?

The idea was to create spaces and that these spaces be exploited by someoneexplained Corinne Deacon after the match. The players had to be very observant of each other’s movements to be able to finish“Three times, so it was Geyoro, delighted with her progress in this area.

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“We were scared”

I had a lot of coaches who blamed me for this beforeshe explained. I had to work more in front of goal because I tend to be in these situations a lot“.”She should be hurt more often!“, has also chambered her coach on TF1. Because if the midfielder shone with a thousand lights, she has long been in uncertainty about this opening match.

Because on June 21, the player experienced a huge scare at Clairefontaine. It was in tears, supported by her captain Wendie Renard, that the Parisian left Les Bleues training after her knee gave way while stepping on the ball. Panic among the Blues. “It’s true that we were afraidrecognized Eve Périsset on Sunday after her partner’s hat trick. But when we got the result of the MRI, we saw that it was nothing serious. Tonight, we were able to see how important she is to us.“.”Everyone is important in the group but Grace is taking more and more spacecompleted Charlotte Bilbaut, his sentinel on Sunday. She is more and more decisive too, that’s what the coach asks of her too. She makes us feel good“.

Grace Geyoro after her hat-trick against Italy

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This short period of time was nevertheless painful for her. Because she must have thought that her season was already good to end up in the trash, definitely rotten from A to Z. Before this Euro, before this injury, Geyoro lived very turbulent months at PSG. For her first season as captain of the Parisian club, she went through areas of turbulence still unprecedented for her and for the club, in particular via the Kheira Hamraoui affair.

The Hamraoui case before the injury in preparation

When this case broke I was shockedshe explained to L’Equipe last April. I was like, ‘Wow, this is my first year in this role, what’s going on, how am I going to do it.’ I tried to be fair, not to take sides because I had a super important role“. Close to Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Geyoro was sometimes torn between her personal friendships and her collective role.

In this context, the Parisian season, only crowned with success in the Coupe de France, will have been an event in its own right, finally ended with the suspension of Didier Ollé-Nicolle. So, with Les Bleues, she thought she was living a new start and wreckage. But, Geyoro believed in it and, once the concerns were lifted, she gave everything to be at the level of this Euro.

Grace Geyoro, PSG captain

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It was complicated especially since it fell during friendly matches when I told myself that I needed to play before the competitionshe added. But that’s how it is, it’s part of a career. I had to adapt and I worked a lot in the room too, I was well followed in terms of care. I tried to put all the chances on my side to be in shape for this first match“. She was. But it is with a disconcerting serenity that, like her teammates, she did not want to ignite, even after this hat-trick and this ball signed by her partners which weighed “heavy” in her bag after the game.

So far, we haven’t won anything.she advanced, projecting herself on the continuation. This introduction is nice but the goal is July 31“Nevertheless, isn’t this France-Italy the strongest moment of her career in Bleues? She would like that not to be the case: “We have to wait for the sequel before saying that because I hope it will still be as magical“.

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