Brazil will be the opponent of France this Sunday in the Harbour (21h), in the 8th-finals of the women’s world Cup. Not necessarily bad news for the Blue.
This will therefore be the Brazil. We had to wait until the dying seconds of the final match of the first round of this world Cup, for finally knowing the opponent of the Traffic in the knockout stages. If the shadow of Brazil soared already for a few days, Cameroon has failed him grilling politeness thanks to its victory snatched in stoppage time on Thursday, in the face of New Zealand (2-1). But for the Cameroonian to have the honor of facing the host country, it was necessary that Chile dominates Thailand by at least three goals difference, which was not the case (victory of the Chilean 2-0). Suddenly, the Seleçao will be the team to beat for the partners of Wendie Renard.
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If such an opposition would be shaking in men, it is not necessarily the same in women. Of course, it is always necessary to be wary of the Auriverde, but the recent performance of the daughters of Vadao argue not necessarily in their favor. World Cup, Brazil have not been beyond the quarter-finals since 2007 when the team had reached the final to be beaten by Germany. But most importantly, the partners of Marta, now holds the record of goals scored in the competition (17), men and women combined, were known a prior to the world cup disaster.
Black series before the World
Because before the win against Jamaica in his first group game, Brazil was still on… nine losses in a row, with a defeat against France in a friendly match (3-1), on November 10. To qualify in eighth, Marta and her teammates have also had to rely on a penalty transformed by the star of the team in front of Italy, in a last pool game, which has highlighted the various problems facing the brazilian team for a good time, especially at the level of defensive. With a Leticia Santos, far from being reassuring on the right side of the defence, the serenity is not necessarily to the appointment, since he was trying to resist the enemy onslaught. Has a lesser scale, and despite the six goals scored since the start of the competition (including 3 in the face of modest Jamaican), the ratio of keystrokes-goals is not the most sharp.
But since a football game is played between two teams, it will be necessary, of course, that France do its part to work to beat the Brazilian and stay alive in its world Cup. And if the Blue were, conversely, some of the success over the last few months (13th success in 14 outings) and have already registered 7 goals since the start of the competition, it remains that it’s Wendie Renard, the advocate center, which is the best scorer with three achievements. If realism remains French during the eighth between France and Brazil, then this may be enough. But in the face of the armada of brazil, determined to pass this round to do better than at the last world canada (in 2015, Brazil was stopped in the 8th over Australia, 0-1), he will surely find other solutions on the plan offensive, hoping by example the alarm clock in offensive Gaëtane Thiney, while relying on a strong defense. For this France-Brazil, all hopes will be allowed and the suspense is very much present.