Europe 1 with AFP 00:18, March 29, 2023The Espoirs were partially reassured on Tuesday after the draw against Spain (0-0). After the heavy defeat against England (4-0) last week, the Blues showed a better face. Two matches that will not reassure them before their entry into the Euro on June 22, against Italy.
The team of France hopes, diminished by the absence of many executives, was neutralized Tuesday in Vannes (0-0) by Spain, for its last match of preparation before the Euro under 21. Sylvain Ripoll's men had to react after the severe slap against England on Saturday in Leicester (4-0), while they were unbeaten for two years and on a series of 14 matches without defeat.
Tuesday at the Rabine stadium, the French under-21s, led by Amine Gouiri and captain Benoît Badiashile, were more determined than in England, but without being really dangerous. Not enough to regain full confidence before their summer goal. They were not very effective in front of goal, like Rennes' Amine Gouiri and Lyon's Bradely Barcola, in legs but not very precise in the Spanish area.
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Towards the Euro
The Spaniards even had several great opportunities to open the scoring, including a corner kick (68th). Arnau Martinez slammed his head onto the right post of French goalkeeper Ilan Meslier, who was beaten. A quarter of an hour later, however, the goalkeeper was decisive on a Spanish cross strike. Sylvain Ripoll, who is also preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, was confronted with the absences of Maxence Caqueret and Adrien Truffert during this gathering.
And three new players Kalulu (calf), Omari (adductors) and Simakan (thigh) have had to withdraw since the defeat in England. The European Championship will take place from June 21 to July 8, in Romania and Georgia. The France will face Norway, Italy and Switzerland in Group D.