French footballers reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship in England without much brilliance and group wins. The other candidate defeated Belgium 2-1 (2-1) in Rotherham on Thursday. With the second success, the French not only made perfect progress, but also took first place in the fourth group.
Kadediatou Diani (6) and Gridge Mbok Pathy (41) hit the pretty harmless France in places in the next round, while Janis Cayman (36) let the Belgians celebrate in the meantime. Wendy Renard (90) failed with the French national team in the final stage with a penalty kick and also lost the margin.
The Belgian Amber Tessiak was responsible for the penalty kick with a handball and saw the yellow and red card. French star Marie Antoinette Catuto (Paris Saint-Germain) had to compensate for her injury after 17 minutes.
Meanwhile, Italy is under pressure, having previously only drawn 1-1 (0-1) against Iceland in Manchester. Valentina Berjamci (62) equaled the Icelandic lead through Carolina Wilhelmsdottir (third).
After their 5-1 loss to France at the start, coach Melina Bertolini’s team remained in fourth place. The Italians are level on one point with Belgium, who had their last group competition on Monday (9pm). Group runner-up Iceland, which is challenging France at the same time, has two points.
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